School donations bill clears House

People who donate money to public schools may soon be eligible for a tax break after a vote by the state House of Representatives Wednesday.

House Bill 324, sponsored by state Rep. Patrick Jefferson, D-Homer, would authorize a tax rebate of up to 75 percent of the donation given to a public school.

The law requires that the donations be used by the school for purchasing instructional materials, maintaining tutorial and in-school child care programs and for school-based health clinics.

Jefferson said the bill is a tool that encourages people who want to see improved outcomes get involved on public schools.

HB324 passed on a 61-34 vote. It heads to the Senate next for further consideration.