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SUMTER, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers have sent Gov. Haley a bill designed to give military homeowners a tax break on homes they have not been able to sell after getting military orders to move.

The Sumter Item reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1hQ8dzn ) that the bill was sent to Haley on Wednesday after unanimous approval by the General Assembly. It was proposed by Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter.

The measure allows military homeowners to keep their property in a four percent, owner-occupied tax group, instead of the higher, six percent rate that applies if they rent it. Homeowners may keep the lower rate as long they remain on active duty and put the home on the market within 30 days of purchasing a second home.

Smith said the bill shows the state's support for the military.

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