Sporting Goods Panel's Work Stalled

By: AP
By: AP

AUSTIN (AP) - A year after legislators decided to review what
items should be included in a sporting-goods sales tax, work has
yet to begin. That's Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst hasn't
named any senators to the task force.
Dewhurst, as president of the state Senate, and House Speaker
Tom Craddick were supposed to name four legislators each to a joint
House-Senate panel created a year ago. That panel is supposed to
review the list of items included in a sporting-goods sales tax and
recommend changes to the Legislature when it convenes in January.
Besides reviewing the definition of sporting good items, the
task force is to recommend how much sporting goods tax money is
needed to support parks and historical sites -- and whether some
money should be used on other projects, such as combatting beach
erosion.
State Representative Harvey Hilderban -- a Republican from
Kerrville -- is the House presiding officer of the panel. He says
-- quote -- "I'm waiting for the lieutenant governor."
Dewhurst's office did not immediately comment today when asked
by The Associated Press about what's causing the delay.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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