Truckers tax Break Passes House

January 29, 2003
Posted at: 4:16 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The House Wednesday afternoon easily approved a bill giving a tax break to truckers. Truckers say that without tax breaks and amnesty for back taxes many trucking firms would have to leave the state or quit the business.

The measure cleared the House on an 84-to-13 vote and now heads to a Senate committee.

The tax issue has taken on urgency among truckers with recent changes in Oklahoma. Arkansas trucking company owners have registered thousands of their rigs in Oklahoma, where the state charges no sales or use tax on trucks.

Oklahoma recently adopted a requirement that companies registering trucks in the state also set up operations there by March 1.

Some legislators argued that it would have been prudent to wait for an attorney general's opinion on the constitutionality of the tax breaks. Supporters said the courts would point out any problems.