- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A legislative committee is continuing to consider a bill that would restore a sales tax exemption for residents purchasing rare coins and precious metal bullion.

The House Ways and Means Committee took written testimony on the bill Tuesday but held off voting on it.

The exemption was eliminated following a 2005 scandal centering around Republican fundraiser and coin dealer Tom Noe (NOH’-ee). He was convicted of stealing from a $50 million rare coin fund he oversaw for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. He’s now serving an 18-year prison term.

The collectible coin industry has been pushing for the exemption to be restored since it was repealed. Collectors argue that the entire industry shouldn’t be punished because of one person’s actions.

A similar measure already has cleared the full House.

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