An effort to prevent trucking companies in Louisiana from
buying and registering their vehicles outside the state has died.
Sponsored by Rep. Taylor Townsend, D-Natchitoches, the bill
was awaiting consideration on the House floor when the Legislature adjourned
Friday, Dec. 15 - two days early.
The bill - HB69 - was 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 sought to 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 made 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 have qualified for the tax exemption.
The bill can be reintroduced during the regular session that
opens in April 2007.