Sales tax holidays getting teed up in Florida Senate

Florida senators moved forward Thursday with proposals that would lead to sales-tax “holidays” for purchasing back-to-school clothes and supplies and disaster-preparedness needs. With little discussion, the Senate Finance and Tax Committee approved bills that would provide tax breaks during two periods this year.

The back-to-school proposal (SB 598), sponsored by Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, would allow shoppers to avoid paying sales taxes from July 30 through Aug. 8 on clothes costing…