Ohio panel moves to make 3-day sales tax holiday temporary

COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio proposal would again let shoppers get a three-day break from the state’s sales tax — but just during this summer.

The bill had initially sought to make the sales tax holiday an annual occurrence. The Senate’s Ways and Means Committee changed the measure Tuesday to make it a one-year pilot program before approving the bill.

The full Senate could vote later Tuesday.

Ohio had its first-ever sales tax holiday last August to help back-to-school shoppers reduce the cost of clothing and school supplies. The holiday would apply to clothing items that cost $75 or less and to classroom supplies and instructional materials that cost $20 or less. Such items include book bags, textbooks, notebooks and pencils.

The tax-exempt period would run from Aug. 5 through Aug. 7.