Section 40-23-4.2

Food stamp purchases exempt.

(a) As used in this section the following terms shall have the following meanings:

(1) FOOD STAMPS. The stamps provided by the United States Department of Agriculture for issuance to qualified recipients under the federal Food Stamp Act, 7 U.S.C. §2011 et seq.

(2) FOOD STAMP SALES TAX AMENDMENT. Section 1505 of the Food Security Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-198) which amended 7 U.S.C. §2013(a) and provides that a state may not participate in the food stamp program if state or local taxes are collected on purchases of food made with food stamps.

(b) It is hereby declared by the Legislature that this exemption is enacted in response to the coercive threat of Congress contained in the Food Stamp Sales Tax Amendment in order to insure that all eligible citizens within the State of Alabama will continue to receive food stamp benefits; that the State of Alabama has challenged the constitutionality of the Food Stamp Sales Tax Amendment and the case is currently pending in the federal courts; and that it is intended that this exemption shall remain in effect only so long as federal law requires such exemption in order for Alabama citizens to be entitled to receive food stamp benefits.

(c) All purchases made with food stamps shall be exempt from state, county and municipal sales and use taxes.

(d) If, at any time after the passage of this section, the Food Stamp Sales Tax Amendment is either ruled unconstitutional or unenforceable by a federal court, or is repealed by Congress, then the provisions of this section shall immediately become inoperative, null and void and automatically repealed.

(Acts 1987, No. 87-580, p. 927, §§1-4.)