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2020 Senate Bill 1105: Create alternative tax for multi-acre industrial solar installations
Introduced by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R) on September 10, 2020
To exempt large industrial solar energy arrays covering many acres from the state “personal property tax,” and instead levy a tax on an installation equal to $3,500 per megawatt of the solar panels’ nominal “nameplate capacity,” with the revenue allocated to different taxing units using the same formula as regular property taxes. Senate Bill 1105 authorizes the new tax and Senate Bill 1106 authorizes the personal property tax exemption. The Senate Fiscal Agency estimates the bill would likely reduce local collections by a modest amount, but that state school tax receipts potentially could be reduced.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Finance Committee on September 10, 2020
Reported in the Senate on November 10, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the House on December 8, 2020
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on December 8, 2020
Reported in the House on December 15, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. John Cherry (D) on December 16, 2020
To index the proposed tax to inflation.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 16, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Phil Green (R) on December 16, 2020
To increase the proposed alternative tax rate from $4,000 to $5,800 per megawatt of generation capacity.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 16, 2020
Received in the Senate on December 16, 2020

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