Save thousands with a five minute investment of your time…
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
HARRISBURG - 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.