(KFVS) - State Rep. Terry Swinger pre-filed a bill on Thursday for the 2012 legislative session that would give tax breaks to Missourians building storm shelters.
House Bill 1035 would grant income tax deductions to Missourians who build storm shelters at their homes. Individual deductions would be for the cost of construction or $5,000, whichever is less.
Thursday is the first day that bills can be filed for the upcoming session, which starts Jan. 4.
Swinger first filed the storm shelter bill in 2007 after the tornado in Caruthersville in 2006.
“As Joplin, Caruthersville and other Missouri communities that have been hit by tornadoes know, storm shelters save lives,” said Swinger. “By providing a tax break for storm shelter construction, more Missouri families will be able to protect themselves from severe and potentially deadly weather.”