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Kansas Senate Declines to Discuss Phasing Out Food Sales Tax

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has declined to debate a proposed constitutional amendment that would phase out the state sales tax on food over the next three years. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Democratic state Senator Tom Holland proposed the amendment earlier this year. It didn't receive a committee hearing and was in danger of dying as the 2016 session is coming to a close. Holland made a motion on the Senate floor Tuesday to force the bill to the top of the calendar for immediate debate and vote. His motion fell six votes short of the two-thirds majority to pass with a 21-19 vote. If Holland's motion had passed, the amendment would've needed another two-thirds majority vote in both the House and Senate in order to be placed on the general election ballot for voter approval.

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