PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed his first bill of the 2013 legislative session.
House bill 1066 continues the current tax rate on tourism-related businesses during the June-September period.
The governor's office says the tax on the gross receipts of most tourism-related goods and services was 1% until it was raised to 1.5% for two years in 2009. A 2-year extension that was granted by the Legislature in 2011 was due to expire this coming June 30.
The measure makes the 1.5% rate permanent. It passed the state House 64-4 and the Senate by a 33-2 margin.
Daugaard says the money is used to promote tourism, and the majority of it is paid by out-of-state visitors.
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