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Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

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Hotel Room Tax Introduced in PA

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

PA H.B. 1177 - An Act amending Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for initiative of electors seeking consolidation or merger with new home rule charter; providing for a hotel room rental tax in certain third class counties; and making an editorial change.

Here is some general state news that you may find of interest:

MA - Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Friday signed into law the state budget bill. The  $36.5 billion spending plan was sent to the Governor by lawmakers last week.
http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/07/gov_deval_patrick_signs_final.html

MI - In a rare summer voting session, the Senate on Wednesday may take a final vote on a bill expanding medical marijuana sales. The legislature returns to session full time Sept. 9. http://www.freep.com/article/20140714/NEWS06/307140023/legislature-session-marijuana-civil-rights-michigan

NY - Long-time GOP state Senator and chair of the Senate Energy Committee, George Maziarz, unexpectedly announced that he will not run for re-election this fall. Although Maziarz denies wrongdoing, he was thought to be a target of ongoing state and federal campaign finance probes. His resignation could hurt Republicans' effort to hold the Senate in November.
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/all-niagara-county/george-maziarz-on-federal-probe-i-have-nothing-to-hide-20140713

NC - The House and Senate remain at odds over the budget, but lawmakers hope to wrap up the remaining non-budget items on the legislative agenda this week. There is some talk that leaders could end the session without passing a budget and instead continue to operate under the 2-year budget passed in 2013.
http://www.wral.com/today-nccapitol-7-14-one-more-time-with-feeling/13808751/

PA
- Gov. Tom Corbett (R) signed the state budget Thursday with $72 million in line-item vetoes. The Governor also reiterated his desire for state lawmakers, who are currently on summer break, to return to Harrisburg and pass pension reform legislation. http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/07/gov_corbetts_budget_decision_l.htm


Only Four the Week of the Fourth

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Bed Bugs/Pest Infestation

MA S.B. 1062    188th (Current) An Act relative to cimex lectularius By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1062) of Richard T. Moore for legislation relative to bed bugs. Public Health.

Taxes

HI H.B. 1671      Removes the current cap on transient accommodations tax revenues to be distributed to the counties and establishes the distribution of these revenues as a percentage of TAT collected.

MO S.B. 896     Authorizes Perry County to impose a transient guest tax

PA H.B. 1177    An Act amending Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for initiative of electors seeking consolidation or merger with new home rule charter; providing for a hotel room rental tax in certain third class counties; and making an editorial change.


Movement in East Coast Legislatures

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Bed Bugs/Pest Infestation

NEW: NJ S.B. 2252       Establishes procedures to prevent and eradicate bedbug infestations in certain residential property. "Dwelling" or "multiple dwelling" means a multiple dwelling as defined in section 3 of the "Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law," P.L.1967, c.76 (C.55:13A-3), except that this definition shall not include any common interest community.

Taxes

NEW: PA H.B. 1177       An Act amending Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for initiative of electors seeking consolidation or merger with new home rule charter; providing for a hotel room rental tax in certain third class counties; and making an editorial change.

LA H.B. 255      TAX/HOTEL OCCUPANCY:  Authorizes the governing authority of the city of Carencro to levy a hotel occupancy tax

LA S.B. 435      MUNICIPALITIES:  Authorizes the city of Scott to levy a hotel occupancy tax not to exceed five percent of the rent or fee charged for such occupancy.

LA S.B. 648      SPECIAL DISTRICTS: Creates and provides for the Old LNB Building Redevelopment District in East Baton Rouge Parish. Proposed law authorizes the district to levy a tax upon the occupancy of hotel rooms, motel rooms, and overnight camping facilities, and a tax upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption and storage for use or consumption of tangible personal property and on sales of services. The tax must be at least equal to the aggregate rate of all taxes upon the occupancy of hotel rooms, motel rooms, and overnight camping facilities levied and collected within the parish of East Baton Rouge. The aggregate sales tax within the district shall be at least equal to the aggregate rate of such sales taxes levied and collected within the parish of East Baton Rouge.

NC H.B. 1244    AN ACT to authorize increasing the Wilson county occupancy tax.

SC S.B. 985      A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 6 TO CHAPTER 1, TITLE 6, TO ENACT THE FAIRNESS IN LODGING ACT SO AS TO ALLOW MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES BY ORDINANCE TO IMPLEMENT ADDITIONAL ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS FOR THE BUSINESS LICENSE TAX AND THE LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS TAX AS THOSE PROVISIONS APPLY TO THE OWNERS OF RESIDENTIAL REAL PROPERTY WHO RENT THE PROPERTY TO TOURISTS, INCLUDING DATA SHARING WITH THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, SPECIFIC NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNERS INCLUDED IN PROPERTY TAX BILLS, AN ADDITIONAL PENALTY THAT MAY BE IMPOSED FOR NONCOMPLIANCE AFTER THE RECEIPT OF SUCH A NOTICE, AND DIRECTIONS TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TO IDENTIFY RENTAL BY OWNER WEBSITES ADVERTISING TOURISTS RENTALS AND REQUEST THEM TO POST ON THE WEBSITES A STATEMENT REGARDING THE LEGAL OBLIGATIONS OF THE OWNERS OF PROPERTY IN THIS STATE LISTED ON THE WEBSITE, TO PAY ALL APPLICABLE LOCAL AND STATE TAXES AND FEES WITH RESPECT TO SUCH RENTALS; AND TO AMEND SECTIONS 6-1-120 , 12-54-240 , AS AMENDED, AND 12-4-310 , RELATING RESPECTIVELY TO THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF LOCAL AND STATE TAX DATA AND EXCEPTIONS THERETO, AND THE DUTIES OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, SO AS TO CONFORM THEM TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT.


Occupancy Taxes Hit Three States - Canadian Governments in Recess

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

LA H.B. 255      TAX/HOTEL OCCUPANCY:  Authorizes the governing authority of the city of Carencro to levy a hotel occupancy tax

LA H.B. 1191     TAX/HOTEL OCCUPANCY: Authorizes the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau to levy and collect an additional hotel occupancy tax within the jurisdiction of the bureau

NY A.B. 1234    Authorizes the town of Greenburgh, specified villages therein, and the village of Sleepy Hollow in the town of Mount Pleasant to adopt a local law to impose a 3% hotel/motel occupancy tax.

NY A.B. 4445    Provides that the hotel room occupancy tax cannot be imposed in the county of Richmond.

NY A.B. 4984    Imposes an occupancy tax in the town or village of Mamaroneck.

NY A.B. 6828    Imposes an occupancy tax in the town of North Castle.

NY A.B. 6829    Imposes an occupancy tax in the village of Harrison.

NY A.B. 7134    Imposes an occupancy tax in the city of Yonkers.

NY A.B. 7628    Authorizes the town of Woodbury, Orange county, to impose, by local law, a tax on hotel and motel occupancy of up to five percent of the charge therefor.

NY A.B. 7966    Authorizes the county of Franklin to impose a motel and hotel tax of 5 percent.

NY A.B. 8938    Enables the county of Albany to impose and collect taxes on occupancy of hotel or motel rooms in Albany county for an additional two years.

NY A.B. 9533    Authorizes the town of Southampton, county of Suffolk to enact a hospitality business investment exemption.

NY A.B. 9616    Authorizes the county of Delaware to impose a tax on hotel and motel occupancy of up to two percent of the charge therefor.

NY A.B. 9626    Establishes an occupancy tax in the village of Tuckahoe.

NY S.B. 6723    Enables the county of Albany to impose and collect taxes on occupancy of hotel or motel rooms in Albany county for an additional two years.

NY S.B. 7229    Authorizes the town of Southampton, county of Suffolk to enact a hospitality business investment exemption.

NC H.B. 1244    AN ACT to authorize increasing the wilson county occupancy tax.

 


 
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