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2013 House Bill 4320: Expand forest property tax breaks
  1. Introduced by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R) on February 26, 2013, to expand the eligibility for certain forest property tax breaks to owners of smaller parcels (a separate program gives breaks to large "industrial" forest tracts), double the number of acres eligible for these smaller "qualified forest" 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 program.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources Committee on February 26, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on March 6, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 94 to 16 in the House on March 19, 2013, to expand the eligibility for certain forest property tax breaks to owners of smaller parcels (a separate program gives breaks to large "industrial" forest tracts and requires owners to allow public recreational access), double the number of acres eligible for these smaller "qualified forest" 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 program.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on March 20, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on March 20, 2013.

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