NASHVILLE - An amended version of Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax bill cleared a key House panel today on a voice vote and is now headed to the full Finance Committee.
The major change by the Budget Subcommittee was taking a provision boosting local property tax relief for veterans and inserting the language in a stand-alone bill which members passed first.
"Many of our members are unhappy that we've tied veterans' benefits with the road building issue," Budget Subcommittee Chairman Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, explained.
Senators had inserted the veterans' relief provisions, the subject of a number of stand-alone bills, into their version of the IMPROVE Act. The bill raises gas and diesel taxes for the highway fund but includes several tax cuts in the general fund.
A number of House members, several of whom had their own separate veterans' relief bills, oppose the gas tas.