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March 31--  The President Pro Tempore of the Georgia Senate says it may take a few years before the legislature can pass a tax on groceries in Georgia.

The measure is dead for this year in spite of the fact lawmakers are looking at any number of options to make up for a state budget deficit.

However, Senator Tommie Williams of Lyons says it may come up again after the next gubernatorial election.

"The Governor made a campaign promise not to do that, so he's not willing to support that at this point in time even if it meant a reduction in the income tax.  I think he's fine with it as we move forward into his second term," Senator Williams predicted.