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McCoy Fights for Better Hurricane Preparedness
State Rep. Introduces Tax Holiday on Emergency Items

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Columbia, SC - As this year's Hurricane Season comes to a close, State Representative Peter McCoy (R, Charleston) is fighting to make sure South Carolinians are better prepared for the next storm. McCoy has submitted legislation for pre-filing today that would give South Carolina residents a sales tax-free weekend on hurricane preparedness items.

"Thanks to God's grace, we were spared from life loss and major property damage during this year's Hurricane Season; however, we may not always be that blessed," said McCoy. "So, today, I have submitted legislation for pre-filing that will help everyone in South Carolina be better prepared for next hurricane season and help South Carolina businesses increase sales and make payroll."

McCoy's legislation would provide sales tax exemptions on items including generators, ice, gas tanks, flashlights, batteries, and storm shutters beginning the last Friday of May and ending on midnight of the following Sunday.

McCoy, who represents Charleston's barrier islands, said the bill is critical in giving all residents an opportunity to become best prepared for a hurricane. "I want to make sure that our family, friends, and neighbors are given some help with their family budgets, while working to protect their loved ones and property."

"As my parents always told me, 'proper preparation prevents poor performance!' I hope my colleagues will work with me to swiftly get this bill passed," concluded McCoy.