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H. 697 – Current Use

(Vote scored: third reading)

Pro-Environment vote: YES

A bill to strengthen the Use Value Appraisal Program (often called the Current Use) by modestly increasing the amount of forest land that is eligible for enrollment. This bill will help alleviate the pressure of property taxes to convert old forests to more intensive uses, protect critical wildlife habitat, and align the program with the goals of the state’s Climate Action Plan by promoting old forests that help mitigate climate change.

Status: Passed the House 99-40

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