An effort to prevent trucking companies in Louisiana from
buying and registering their vehicles outside the state is awaiting
consideration on the floor of the state's House.
The Louisiana Legislature is meeting in a special session
with the primary focus on what to do with an anticipated budget surplus of $827
million from the past fiscal year and another $800 million expected during the
current fiscal year. Other bills drawing consideration would include tax
Sponsored by Rep. Taylor Townsend, D-Natchitoches, the bill
is intended to establish a distinct set of criteria for determining eligibility
for tax exemption for a subset of the trucks and trailers covered by the
state's current rule.
Currently, state law exempts from sales tax trucks weighing
26,000 pounds or more and trailers if they are used at least 80 percent of the
time in interstate commerce under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of
Townsend's bill - HB69 - would exempt trucks weighing at
least 80,000 pounds with apportioned plates through the International
Registration Plan from state and local sales and use taxes. In addition, it
makes no mention of the term "interstate commerce" or the 80 percent use rule
in current law.
Trailers that are subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S.
DOT also would qualify for the tax exemption.
- By Keith Goble, state legislative editor