However, Tuesday’s voice vote did not signify approval, as the panel sent the bill to the floor without a recommendation. Sen. John Matthews said he will put an objection on the bill, blocking debate in the session’s final two weeks.
A Senate subcommittee made a similar move three weeks ago. It voted against the bill 3-2 but decided to advance it anyway for further discussion.
The bill gives a $4,000 tax deduction per child for parents who pay tuition upfront and a $2,000 deduction for homeschooling expenses. Poor and disabled children could get scholarships for up to 75 percent of tuition cost.
Also sent to the Senate on Tuesday:
• A bill designed to encourage millionaires to invest in fledgling small businesses. These “angel investors” would be able to claim up to 35 percent of their investment as a credit on state income taxes. Nearly two-dozen states already give such tax credits.
• The Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act, which would give state income tax credits to businesses investing $500,000 or more in a building vacated for at least five years.