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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 5, 2022 04:11 PM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Sales Tax Holidays for PPE and Emergency Preparedness Equipment
In the near future, I will be reintroducing Senate Bill 446 of the 2021-2022 session, which will establish a Sales Tax Holiday for the purchase of personal protective equipment and other emergency preparedness equipment.

This legislation is deigned to encourage residents of the Commonwealth to purchase equipment necessary to prepare for emergencies. Two weeks in the year 2023, one in March and one in September, would be designated as “sales tax holidays” for emergency preparedness items, which would include, but not be limited to, portable generators that cost $3,000 or less, storm protection devices and emergency ladders that cost $300 or less, and other items that cost $75 or less, such as fire extinguishers, a self-contained first aid kit, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors.

Several other states have offered similar sales tax holidays, with great success.  These tax-free weeks have increased awareness, purchasing and readiness at a critical time. 

Senate Bill 446 was previously cosponsored by Senators Stefano, J. Ward, Tartaglione, Aument and Costa.

Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation, so our residents may be better prepared to handle emergencies. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions.

Introduced as SB576