Media Advisory
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
May 9, 2008
Contact: Margaret Justus, 713-236-0306

Press Conference on New Sales Tax Holiday for Energy Efficient Products this Monday

(Austin) -- Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), Ronnie Volkening, President and CEO of Texas Retailers Association, and Cyrus Reed of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club will talk about the benefits for consumers, retailers, and the environment from the energy efficient products sales tax holiday which will take place later this month. Many of the energy efficient products and appliances will be on display.

The sales tax holiday applies to Energy Star-rated products certified by the US Department of Energy. Products eligible for exemption from sales tax May 24-26 include refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, compact fluorescent light bulbs, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, and programmable thermostats.

Sen. Ellis sponsored HB 1000 by Rep. Burnam (D-Fort Worth) which eventually passed as part of HB 3693 by Rep. Straus (R-San Antonio). Sen. Ellis also authored the bill that established Texas's first sales tax holiday on clothes and other staples in 1999.

Press Conference Details

When: Monday, May 12 @ 11 a.m.

Where: Lieutenant Governor's Press Room, Capitol