Current Use Up for Debate
Last week the Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously to move H.485, the House bill dealing with modification to the Current Use Policy. The Appropriations Committee also approved the bill unanimously, after making a few technical and clarifying amendments. H.485 is based on the recommendations of a group of stakeholders that worked over the summer and fall to meet the legislature’s target of decreasing Current Use expenditures or increasing revenues by $1.6 million in FY2011. One major change to those recommendations was the addition of a one-year moratorium on new enrollments, which means that landowners who applied by September 2009 will not be enrolled until April 1, 2011. The recommendations can be found here. The bill now goes to the House floor for debate and action on Tuesday and Wednesday (January 26 and 27) of next week. Full text of the amended bill can be read here.