Introduced by Rep. Beth Griffin (R) on February 10, 2021
To exempt “broadband equipment” owned by certain internet developers claiming to serve "underserved areas" from personal property taxes levied on business tools and equipment. The bill is connected to Senate Bill 46, and the Senate Fiscal Agency is unable to quantify the amount of foregone revenue the tax subsidies they promise would cost the state, in part because the bills would permit developers to claim them in areas where broadband internet may already be available. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Communications and Technology Committee on February 10, 2021
Reported in the House on March 9, 2021
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Kelly Breen (D) on March 16, 2021
To require that "all records relating to" the special treatment the bill would authorize be subject to disclosure "to the full extent provided for under the freedom of information act. Also, to exclude the broadband companies that take these tax subsidies from a 6% property tax credit also given to other broadband companies.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 16, 2021