Maine LD 592: An Act To Extend to Certain Fruit and Vegetable Growers the Manufacturing Facility Fuel and Electricity Sales Tax Exemptions

LD 592 (subjects: MISCELLANEOUS TAXES , SPECIAL FUEL TAX )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=592&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Rodney Whittemore of Somerset: (R – District 3) — e-mail | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/3/2015 Senate Committee on TAXATION
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator McCormick of Kennebec REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
3/3/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/29/2015 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec Majority Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 109 30 Yeas – 5 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (S-136) READ and ADOPTED

Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-136)
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/1/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative GOODE of Bangor, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 121
(Yeas 90 – Nays 56 – Absent 5 – Excused 0)
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (S-136) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-136).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/2/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/3/2015 Senate On motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford PLACED ON THE SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS TABLE pending ENACTMENT , in concurrence.
7/16/2015 Senate The Bill was in the possession of the Senate when the Legislature adjourned Sine Die and was placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 592 as originally introduced. L.D. 592 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-136) .

An Act To Extend to Certain Fruit and Vegetable Growers the Manufacturing Facility Fuel and Electricity Sales Tax Exemptions

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 36 MRSA 1760, sub- 9-D, as amended by PL 1999, c. 414, 20, is further amended to read:

9-D. Fuel and electricity used at a manufacturing facility. Ninety-five percent of the sale price of all fuel and electricity purchased for use at a manufacturing facility. For purposes of the fuel exemption only under this subsection, a greenhouse facility occupying at least 1,000,000 square feet of indoor space operated by an agricultural employer that employs at least 100 employees and is engaged in the year-round commercial production of fruits or vegetables is deemed to be a manufacturing facility. For purposes of this subsection, “sale price” includes, in the case of electricity, any charge for transmission and distribution.

Sec. 2. Effective date. This Act takes effect January 1, 2016.

summary

Current law allows a person to request a refund of the amount of sales tax paid on the purchase of electricity used in commercial agricultural production. Current law also provides an exemption from sales tax for 95% of the sale price of fuel and electricity purchased for use at a manufacturing facility.

This bill, beginning January 1, 2016, extends the sales tax exemption for fuel to a greenhouse facility that occupies at least 1,000,000 square feet of indoor space that is operated by an agricultural employer that employs at least 100 employees and is engaged in the year-round commercial production of fruits or vegetables. The ability of that agricultural employer to obtain a refund for sales tax paid on electricity used in commercial agriculture production is not affected by this bill.

Patterns of Support

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