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Nevada Passes Medical Patient Tax Relief Act

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevadans have passed a measure that will exempt medical equipment such as oxygen tanks and hospital beds from the state’s sales tax.

Voters gave their blessing to the Medical Patient Tax Relief Act, which is also called Question 4. It must pass a second statewide vote in 2018 before it can become a constitutional amendment.

Supporters say sales tax on the equipment is unnecessary and hits people who are sick or dying, either directly or through indirect, higher insurance premiums.

Opponents argue the proposal is just another giveaway to a special interest group and say public services will take a hit from the lost tax revenue.

The measure was financially backed almost entirely by Bennett Medical Services, a Reno company whose products the measure would exempt from the tax.

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