Gas tax dies without house discussion
The gas tax bill that Louisiana State Representative Steve Carter sought to have passed during the 2017 legislative session died on the house floor on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Although House Bill 632 was sent to the full house by the House Ways and Means Committee, it never made it to the floor for discussion.
The bill would have raised La.’s gasoline tax 17-cents and would have been used to repair roads and bridges throughout the State.
It was estimated that the 17-cent tax increase on gasoline, diesel fuel and special fuels would have brought in roughly $510 million annually.
In an effort to rally up enough votes to pass House Bill 632, Carter (R-Baton Rouge) lowered the tax increase to 10-cents.
However, even with the tax lowered to 10-cents, Carter was still unable to secure the 70 votes needed to send the bill to the Senate.