Legislation to continue an expiring local tax on rental cars in East Baton Rouge Parish breezed through the state Senate Thursday morning.
The Senate made some tweaks to House Bill 971 by state Rep. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, before voting 32-4 to return it to the Louisiana House.
The bill would allow the parish to create an automobile rental tax district to generate dollars for the arts and local government.
The legislation is a way to keep taxing authority for the tax.
The Senate adopted an amendment to direct some of the proceeds to the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office.
The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and the Shaw Center for the Arts also would benefit.