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2013 House Bill 1287: Subjecting federally recognized Indian tribes to the same conditions as state and local governments for property owned exclusively by the tribe
Introduced by Rep. Sherry Appleton (Poulsbo) (D) on January 22, 2013
Modifies current law to create a leasehold excise tax on property owned exclusively by federally-recognized Indian tribes and specifically exempts the same property from property taxes as public land.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee on January 22, 2013
Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 18, 2013
Referred to the House Finance Committee on February 20, 2013
Referred to the House Rules Committee on March 1, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Sherry Appleton (Poulsbo) (D) on April 18, 2013
Authorizes a fire protection district or authority to contract with a tribe for fire protection services where the tribe owns property in the fire district that is exempt from state property taxation.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 18, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Manweller (Ellensburg) (R) on April 18, 2013
Includes a 10 year expiration date.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 18, 2013
Passed 64 to 29 in the House on April 18, 2013.
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Exempts a leasehold interest in property owned by a federally recognized Indian tribe from state property taxation. Extends the state leasehold excise tax to a private leasehold interest in property owned by a federally recognized Indian tribe. Recognizes economic development as an essential government service for purposes of qualifying tribally-owned property for state tax exemption.
Received in the Senate on April 22, 2013
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on April 22, 2013
Amendment offered in the Senate on April 28, 2013
Clarifies that the property tax exemption for federally recognized Indian tribes only apply to those tribes who are located in Washington. Eliminates the provision for a property tax exemption for federally recognized Indian tribes for property used for economic development. Allows a property tax exemption for tribal property used to conduct for-profit horse racing meets and for deep water ports in Pierce county. Allows a property tax exemption for tribal property used as a deep water port in Pierce county.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 28, 2013
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on April 28, 2013
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on April 28, 2013
Provides that any city, county or other local taxing district that would receive less tax dollars as a result of the passage of this legislation may request reimbursement from the state and the state must provide for the reimbursement.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on April 28, 2013
Amendment offered by Sen. Karen Fraser (Olympia) (D) on April 28, 2013
Requires JLARC to do an economic impact study on the change to the tax laws regarding property owned by federally recognized Indian tribes in this legislation.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 28, 2013
Passed 29 to 15 in the Senate on April 28, 2013.
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Exempts a leasehold interest in property owned by a federally recognized Indian tribe from state property taxation. Extends the state leasehold excise tax to a private leasehold interest in property owned by a federally recognized Indian tribe. Recognizes economic development as an essential government service for purposes of qualifying tribally-owned property for state tax exemption.
Received in the House on January 13, 2014
Referred to the House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee on January 13, 2014
Substitute offered in the House on January 23, 2014
Includes the PILT mechanism that requires tribes to make a payment in lieu of leasehold excise taxes if there is no taxable leasehold in the tax exempt property and the property is used for economic development. A definition for economic development is included in the PILT mechanism. The six-year JLARC report is authorized. The effective date is changed and a seven-year expiration date is added.
Referred to the House Finance Committee on January 27, 2014
Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 5, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Sherry Appleton (Poulsbo) (D) on February 14, 2014
Adds a tax preference performance statement; and (2) clarifies that cities are included as local taxing districts that receive a proportional share of the payment in lieu of taxes.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 14, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Holy (Cheney) (R) on February 14, 2014
Allows the Department of Revenue to subject tribally owned property to the PILT mechanism if the lessee defaults on paying the leasehold excise tax for at least one year..
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 14, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Holy (Cheney) (R) on February 14, 2014
Requires a lessee with a leasehold interest in tribally owned tax-exempt property to issue a bond with the department of revenue to secure payment of the leasehold excise tax. The bond amount must be no less than the estimated annual amount of taxes due.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 14, 2014
Received in the Senate on February 18, 2014
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 18, 2014
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 3, 2014
Amendment offered by Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (Wenatchee) (R) on March 7, 2014
Replaces the underlying language with a requirement for the governor's office of Indian affairs to, in collaboration with relevant state agencies, coordinate development of an inventory of lands owned by federally recognized Indian tribes.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 7, 2014
Received in the House on March 11, 2014
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on April 3, 2014

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