BATON ROUGE -- The Louisiana Senate today approved two bills by a local lawmaker aimed at restoring sales tax exemptions for commercial fishermen and the purchase of fuels for residential use that were nixed in the confusing final moments of the year’s first special legislative session.

Senate Bill 4 by Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, restores a long-standing tax break for purchases of fishing vessels, supplies, fuels, lubricants and repair services by a licensed commercial fisherman in Louisiana.

The legislation would affect two sales taxes. The exemption would be restored for the new 1-cent in state sales tax that was passed during the first special session to help plug a massive budget hole. That tax expires June 30, 2018.

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