Politics

February 15, 2013

State House calendar, week of Feb. 10, 2013

STAFF REPORTS

MONDAY

9 a.m.

State and Local Government Committee; public hearing; room 214; Cross Building

L.D. 106, "An Act to Abolish the Trustees of Public Cemeteries for the City of Waterville." This emergency bill gives the responsibilities for the care and upkeep for public cemeteries to the city, eliminating the Trustees of Public Cemeteries.

10 a.m.

Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee; public hearings; room 436; State House

L.D. 40 "An Act to Protect a Private Memorial Placed in a Public Right-of-way" Prohibits the destruction of a private memorial in a public right of way to mark the site of a grave.

L.D. 59 "An Act Relating to the Unlawful Cutting of Trees" Requires repeat offenders of unlawfully cutting trees to obtain a bond and seek approval from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry before being able to harvest trees again. It also makes knowingly and unlawfully cutting trees a class D misdemeanor.

L.D. 76 "An Act to Provide Funding to the State Board of Corrections for Certain County Jail Debt" Gives the state board of corrections $9.1 mllion for the next two years to pay past and future county jail debts.

Taxation Committee; public hearing; room 127; State House

L.D. 65 "An Act to Reduce the Income Tax on Capital Gains" Changes tax rate on income from sale of assets held for more than one year to 3 percent.

L.D. 73 "An Act to Exempt Persons 65 Years of Age or Older Whose Income is Below the Poverty Line from Paying Property Taxes on Their Homes" Exempts people 65 years of age or older living below the poverty line from property taxes.

L.D. 107 "Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Permit the Legislature To Provide a One-year Period of Penalty Relief for Withdrawal of Forest Land from Current Use Valuation" Provides a one year penalty relief period where forest land may be withdrawn at current valuation with no penalty if it has been taxed at current value for at least five years and at least half the owner's land is taxed at current valuation. This is available once every five years.

1 p.m.

Taxation Committee; public hearing; room 127; State House

L.D. 119 "An Act To Exempt from the Use Tax $1,000 of Internet Purchases from Out-of-state Sellers" Eliminates sales tax liability on $1,000 of annual Internet purchases from out-of-state sellers.

L.D. 126 "An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption to Incorporated Nonprofit Performing Arts Organizations" This bill provides a sales tax exemption for sales to incorporated nonprofit performing arts organizations.

L.D. 136 "An Act To Connect Benefits Provided under the Circuit Breaker Program with the Payment of Property Taxes" Provides that people seeking benefits under the Circuit Breaker Program determine if their property taxes are paid at the time of application. If not, the benefit must be endorsed by the municipality, and the municipality may withhold the taxes owed for the year the benefit is issued. Municipalities may only withhold more than the amount of taxes owed with written permission of the beneficiary.

Education and Cultural Affairs Committee; public hearings; room 202; Cross Building

L.D. 6 "An Act To Prohibit a Requirement That a Superintendent Reside in the School Administrative Unit" Emergency bill prohibits school boards from requiring a superintendent reside in a municipality within the school district.

L.D. 112 "An Act To Make Changes to the Educators for Maine Program" Makes some types of teacher certification eligible for loan forgiveness by including them in Educators for Maine Program.

L.D. 113 "An Act To Make Changes to the Maine College Savings Program" Adds financial education to the list of permissible NextGen fund uses.

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