Tax checkoff proposal clears Kentucky House

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House has passed a bill to create tax checkoff programs to support rape crisis centers and pediatric cancer research.

The measure would allow taxpayers to donate portions of their state income-tax refunds.

House members expanded the bill Tuesday to include the checkoff program for rape crisis centers. The expanded bill passed the House on a 97-0 vote and now returns to the Senate.

Democratic Rep. Chris Harris says rape crisis centers are underfunded. He says officials estimate the checkoff would generate about $50,000 each year for the centers.

The bill also would create a pediatric cancer research trust fund.

Advocates for the tax checkoff for pediatric cancer research include Jamie Bloyd, whose son, Paxton, was diagnosed with cancer about a year ago.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 82.

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