Governor signs tire tax bill, and other bills

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A bill to impose a $2.50 tax on new tires sold in Alaska was signed into law on Monday by Gov. Frank Murkowski. It also imposes a $5 per tire tax on studded tires sold after July 1, 2004.

The state Department of Revenue estimates the new tire tax will raise about $2.3 million in its first year and $3.3 million in the following years. Retailers can keep up to 5 percent of the taxes collected up to $3,600 per year, for collecting the tax for the state.

Murkowski has originally proposed a $10 tax on new studded tire sales as a means of partially funding the repairs of state highways. The administration argued that studded tires do extensive damage to the state's roads.

But the Legislature amended the bill to distribute the tire tax to all motorists who purchase tires. The tire tax takes effect in 90 days.

Also signed into law were bills dealing with real estate agents, home inspectors, striking teachers, safety codes and controlling nuisance wild birds and small animals.

Senate Bill 95 requires public school employees to provide 72-hour notice before any strike. Current labor regulations allow teachers to strike without prior notice.

House Bill 234 extends the sunset date of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for four years and allows brewpubs with a beverage dispensary license to sell ''growlers'' of their beer at locations outside their brewery.

House Bill 257 changes disclosure requirements for dual agency real estate transactions and limits court damages in lawsuits to the recovery of actual damages.

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