The first half of the 2013-2014 biennium wrapped up late in the evening on Tuesday, May 14. Once again, the Democrats maintained substantial majorities in the House and Senate as well as holding the Governor’s office. Nevertheless, there was plenty of controversy among those three governing bodies as the session wound down.
Not surprisingly, several local priorities hung in the balance at the end of the session. The House and Senate argued over whether to extend local option taxing authority to municipalities statewide, a proposal that ultimately failed. Brownfield legislation, which had not been the subject of discussion all session, was taken up and appended to H.226, a bill addressing underground storage tanks. H.265, the bill establishing education tax rates for the coming year, was passed the day before the session ended. Both S.37 – Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district legislation – and S.148 – criminal investigations and public records – were not passed until the final day. And studies on siting of renewable energy facilities, shoreland zoning, and litigation regarding grand list appeals of TransCanada hydroelectric properties found homes in the appropriations bill, H.530.
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