IMPROVE Act, “Tax Cut Act of 2017,” which will increase the gas tax by 6 cents per gallon and the diesel tax by 10 cents per gallon passed the Tennessee House of Representatives late Wednesday in a 60 to 37 vote.
Thirty-seven Republicans and 23 Democrats voted yes.
Thirty-five Republicans and 2 Democrats voted no. (Note: The count in the image on the right, provided in real time to The Tennessee Star by a source on the floor of the House, miscounted one Democrat as a Republican.)
House Majority Leader State Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin) did not vote.
Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) was among the Republicans who voted yes.
State Rep. John Mark Windle and State Rep. G.A. Hardway were the lone Democrat who voted no.
The State Senate is almost certain to pass a similar version of the bill, which will then go to Conference Committee to iron out any minor differences.
Gov. Haslam is then expected to sign the final bill into law.