Posted February 3, 2014 06:58 pm - Updated February 3, 2014 06:58 pm

Amendment aligning Senate's hurricane tax holiday with Scott's version filed after 'miscommunication," quickly withdrawn


An amendment would have aligned the Senate’s bill creating a sales tax holiday for Hurricane supplies with a similar proposal by Gov. Rick Scott should never have been filed, according to the bill’s sponsor.

The amendment was withdrawn shortly before the underlying bill was scheduled to get its first hearing Monday in the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.  That committee passed the bill, SB 362, on a unanimous vote.

“We drafted the language to match the governor’s proposal and there was, frankly, a miscommunication about it getting filed,” Bradley said after the meeting. “I meant to just keep it on file.”

Bradley’s version of the bill offers a 12-day sales tax beginning June 1 on items traditionally purchased in the lead up to hurricane season. A proposal that’s part of Scott’s budget would offer a 15-day holiday also starting June 1.

Scott estimates his proposal will cost about $20 million, but no formal legislative fiscal analysis has been completed. Bradley said that’s another reason he wanted the amendment pulled.

“I don’t generally like to advance a bill without knowing the fiscal impact,” said Bradley, whose bill would cost an estimated $3.3 million.

Scott made the 15-day sales tax holiday a prominent part of his budget roll-out, announcing the proposal in a news release.

“This tax holiday will allow families to better protect and safeguard their homes during a storm,” he wrote in the release.

A house version of the bill has not yet received a committee hearing.