ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A Senate panel has approved a gas tax measure without making any changes of its own to the plan.
The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee voted 9-4 on Thursday for the bill, which already has passed the House of Delegates.
The panel also approved a separate measure for a constitutional amendment that would provide greater safeguards against using transportation money for other purposes.
The gas tax measure would raise the cost of a gallon of gas by about 4 cents in July by adding a 1% sales tax. It would rise to 2% January 2015 and 3% in July 2015. It could rise to 5% in 2016, if Congress does not approve a measure allowing states to charge an Internet sales tax.