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House passes tax relief for tornado victims

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House has approved emergency legislation to provide sales tax relief for those who rebuild homes or businesses in 21 tornado-ravaged counties.

The bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mike Denham of Maysville passed 96-0 Thursday, one day after it was approved in committee.

It would help people rebuild in the counties declared presidential disaster areas after the March 2 tornadoes by refunding the 6 percent state sales tax on building materials if the buildings are reconstructed or repaired where the losses occurred.

It would also give school districts 10 extra days that don't count toward their average daily attendance and ensure that school employees in the affected counties not lose any pay or benefits as a result of lost work days.

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The legislation is House Bill 165.

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