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2013 Senate Bill 51: Expand forest property tax breaks

Public Act 42 of 2013

Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on January 16, 2013 To expand the eligibility for certain forest property tax breaks, increase the size of the tax breaks to owners, double the number of acres eligible for the tax breaks from 1.2 million to 2.4 million statewide, authorize a new 2 mill property tax on property in this program that would go to proposed "Private Forestland Enhancement Fund" to subsidize private forestland management activities, and revise other details of this tax break program.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on January 16, 2013
Reported in the Senate on February 5, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 7, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 7, 2013
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on February 12, 2013 (same description)
To expand the eligibility for certain forest property tax breaks, increase the size of the tax breaks to owners, double the number of acres eligible for the tax breaks from 1.2 million to 2.4 million statewide, authorize a new 2 mill property tax on property in this program that would go to proposed "Private Forestland Enhancement Fund" to subsidize private forestland management activities, and revise other details of this tax break program.
Received in the House on February 12, 2013
Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on February 12, 2013
Reported in the House on March 6, 2013 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R) on May 22, 2013 To adopt a version of the bill that among other changes does not double the number of acres eligible for these tax breaks, but does increase eligibility by means of new exemptions from an existing 1.2 million acre cap.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 22, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on May 22, 2013 To move back the date the bill goes into effect.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 22, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Brandon Dillon (D) on May 22, 2013 To require the legislature to reimburse local school districts for any foregone tax revenue resulting from these tax breaks.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 22, 2013
Passed 79 to 28 in the House on May 23, 2013 To expand certain exemptions to a state wetland permit mandate, increase some wetland permit fees and reduce others, require permit denials to document their rationale and authority, authorize grants to local governments to create “wetland mitigation banks,” slightly reduce wetland regulatory burdens imposed on county drain commission projects, slightly increase the state's burden to justify restrictions on an owner's use of his or her property, prohibit the Department of Environmental Quality from imposing regulations that are beyond the scope those required by federal law, and make other changes to these land use restrictions.
Received in the Senate on May 28, 2013
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on May 29, 2013 To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 6, 2013

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