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Wednesday, November 27, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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Hoop HouseHARRISBURG - Two of three bills designed to prevent increased taxes and local government regulations on high tunnels and hoop houses inched closer to final passage after county commissioners objected to bill language.

PLNA had hoped that the two bills, SB 638 and HB 1439, that clarify high tunnels are not subject to real estate taxes would pass before the Thanksgiving legislative break.

But, a last minute objection from the County Commissioners’ Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) to language negotiated between Senate and House agriculture committees stalled the attempt for pre-Turkey Day passage.

The issue with county commissioners seems to have been resolved and the two bills now are scheduled for votes in the five legislative session days before the December holiday break.

A third bill clarifying that high tunnels are not subject to the Uniform Construction Code, HB 1440, remains stalled on the Senate floor with no vote scheduled. HB 1440 has passed the House unanimously and was reported out of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously without amendment. It needs only a vote of the full Senate to be sent to the Governor’s desk for signature.

PLNA is asking members to go to the Legislative Action Center and email their state senators and representatives on these three bills. We have prepared a letter for each bill to go to your senator or representative. You may edit the letter or send it as we have prepared it for you.

Taking action will take you only a few minutes and will make all the difference in moving these important bills forward to final passage. These bills could save you thousands in real estate taxes and compliance costs under the Uniform Construction Code.

Urge your state representative to vote "yes” on SB 638 to exempt high tunnels from real estate taxes.

Urge your state senator to vote "yes” on HB 1439 to exempt high tunnels from real estate taxes.

Urge your state senator to vote "yes” on HB 1440 to exempt high tunnels from the Uniform Construction Code.

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