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Baby-changing tables could get tax break

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Restaurants would get a tax credit for setting up baby-changing tables, under a measure proposed Wednesday by Sen. Lauren Book, a Plantation Democrat who gave birth to twins in February.

The proposal (SB 236) would offer a tax credit equal to the cost of a changing table --- not including the cost of installation --- or $300, whichever is less.

Credits would be available for up to two tables per restaurant.

Earlier this month, Book also filed a bill (SB 56) that would provide a sales-tax exemption on diapers, along with incontinence undergarments, pads and liners.

The bills are filed for the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January.

During the 2017 session, Book co-sponsored legislation that would have eliminated sales taxes on diapers, but the proposal did not make a final tax-cut package.

She also introduced a separate proposal that would have required many retailers and shopping centers to set aside parking spots for expectant mothers and to provide breastfeeding areas.

That bill failed to advance in committees.