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Parliamentary miracle

The Durham meals tax is back.

In a hastily-called meeting, the Senate Finance committee approved a proposal allowing Durham to impose a 1 percent tax on restaurant meals.

Sen. Floyd McKissick, a Durham Democrat, had been struggling to find enough votes to get the bill, which the state restaurant trade association opposed, out of committee and to a full Senate vote.

The committee had voted to kill the bill about an hour earlier, but McKissick found a senator who opposed it the first time to ask for a new vote.


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