The state House Finance Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would eliminate the inheritance tax on family-owned businesses.
Cumberland County Republican Rep. Stephen Bloom introduced the measure, which also came up last legislative session.
"The death tax hits businesses during a time when they are most economically vulnerable, crippling our next generation of job creators," Bloom said in a statement. "This is an unnecessary loss to our economy and to the businesses that create 65 percent of Pennsylvania jobs."
House Bill 48 has 70 co-sponsors in the House and is backed by the National Federation of Independent Business in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Retailers' Association and the Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania, among others.
The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.