Legislative Bulletin

14
Apr

State Graduated REET Bills Will Affect Counties

One option the state is considering as a method to raise new revenue is to graduate the rate of taxation based on the value of the sale for the state real estate excise tax. While the increases fund different things based on the particular bill, there are two formulas the legislature is considering. Current law is a flat 1.28% REET.

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13
Apr

Solid Funding for Solid Waste

On April 9th, local solid waste managers, environmental public health directors, and county commissioners came to the capital to advocate for local solid waste financial assistance (LSWFA). Used for the development, implementation, and enforcement of solid waste management plans (including recycling and hazardous materials), LSWFA funding is distributed statewide to all counties. The funding source for LSWFA has been the

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13
Apr

Fire in the Senate

A major hearing took place this week in the Senate as the Ways and Means Committee heard SB 5996 for the first time. This bill, known as the Wildfire Prevention and Suppression Act, was recently proposed and is intended to create a dedicated program for providing funding to improve the fire-fighting capabilities of our state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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13
Apr

What to Expect in the Final Two Weeks

As we move into the second-to-last week of the 2019 regular legislative session, legislators are busy working to get bills off the House and Senate floors before the Wednesday cutoff deadline. Bills must be out of their opposite houses of origin by Wednesday, or they are dead for the session. There are always exceptions, notably if a bill if “necessary

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