U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., introduced legislation last week to extend an expiring tax deduction for state and local sales or excise taxes on the purchase of new motorhomes.

Donnelly and Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., authored the original provision and got it included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but it only covers vehicles purchased in calendar year 2009.

“A strong recreational vehicle industry is crucial to north central Indiana, and especially Elkhart County,” Donnelly said in a news release. “Despite tumultuous times for RV makers, sales have begun to rebound and local companies are starting to hire again. I think the deduction has played a role in the comeback of the industry. I introduced this legislation to help continue the trend in rising RV purchases and new production.”