The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted to repeal a controversial tax that many in the camping industry said would drive away business and potentially put them out of business.
Beginning last July, the state imposed a meals and room tax of 9 percent on all RV and tent sites. The tax was intended to help close the state's budget deficit.
According to the Nashua Telegraph, the tax was repealed in a 202-125 vote.
"Are these people entitled to a vacation in tax-free New Hampshire? I say they are," Representative Herbert Richardson told the newspaper. "Send a message that New Hampshire loves campers."
Representative Steve Vaillancourt said the tax was not worth the money coming in for an $11 billion two-year budget.
"I don't believe any kind of tax generating so little money is worth the black eye it gives the state or the cost to collect it," Vaillancourt told the Nashua Telegraph.
Typically, room and meal taxes are applied to places like hotels and restaurants. Opponents of the tax had argued that a campsite isn't a hotel and shouldn't be subject to the same taxes.
The bill now heads to the state Senate. However, lawmakers in the NH Senate recently voted to table its own bill to repeal the tax.