By LITTICE BACON-BLOOD
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new 2-cents monthly tax on cell phones to help provide services for people with hearing impairment has been approved by the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee.
The House-backed bill would change the current law by reducing the amount of tax levied per month from 5 cents on landline phones to 2 cents and would broaden the tax to include wireless devices. Data-only wireless devices or prepaid cell phones would be exempt.
Representatives from the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf told senators the change was needed because the dollars raised by the existing tax have dropped significantly with the increased use of cell phones.
Tax dollars provide hearing aids and telecommunications services for the hearing impaired.
House Bill 238 can be found at www.la.legis.gov