BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Legislature today approved a bill to create a sales tax holiday on Aug. 10 and 11, marking the eighth year the Commonwealth will provide a two-day sales tax exemption.

The legislation is designed to increase sales for local businesses and provide relief to consumers, particularly as families prepare for a new school year.

"I'm happy that this bill made it's way through the Legislature again this year," said Senator Jennifer L. Flanagan (D-Leominster). "This is a multi-purpose piece of legislation, it gives the consumer a break while stimulating retail business here in the Commonwealth."

"Continuing the sales tax holiday is good for our recovering economy," said Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth). "Not only does it boost sales but it puts extra money in people's pockets, raises consumer confidence and helps families and parents who have to buy electronics for back-to-school. This legislation provides much-needed financial relief to residents while benefiting both large and small retail businesses."

As in previous years, the sales tax holiday will apply to purchases under $2,500. It excludes vehicles, motorized boats, tobacco, meals and utilities.

The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.