COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio Senate committee is expected to continue hearings on Tuesday about a proposal to offer a three-day state sales tax holiday this summer for back-to-school buys.

Under Senate Bill 243, sponsored by state Sen. Kevin Bacon, a Columbus-area Republican, sales tax would be eliminated during the first full weekend of August for school supplies costing less than $20, clothing items less than $100, and some electronics less than $750.

The bill would apply to items bought online from outside Ohio, so long as they’re used in the state.

The proposal would eliminate an estimated $78 million worth of state sales tax money, according to a news release from the Ohio Senate Republicans. Ohio would be the 19th state to have a back-to-school sales tax holiday, the release stated.

"It's a good opportunity to give a break to our families in Ohio at back to school time, and provide economic stimulus in our retail merchants and our local businesses," Bacon said in a statement.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to hold a second hearing on the bill on Tuesday afternoon.

 
 
 
  
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