HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3921        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2551

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Elizabeth A. Malia

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act promoting urban agriculture and horticulture.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

Dylan A. Fernandes

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Natalie M. Blais

1st Franklin

Linda Dean Campbell

15th Essex

Diana DiZoglio

First Essex

Daniel M. Donahue

16th Worcester

Nika C. Elugardo

15th Suffolk

Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

Tami L. Gouveia

14th Middlesex

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

Russell E. Holmes

6th Suffolk

Daniel J. Hunt

13th Suffolk

Hannah Kane

11th Worcester

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

Adrian C. Madaro

1st Suffolk

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

Christina A. Minicucci

14th Essex

Rady Mom

18th Middlesex

Frank A. Moran

17th Essex

Harold P. Naughton, Jr.

12th Worcester

Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk

Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Angelo M. Scaccia

14th Suffolk

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Bud L. Williams

11th Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3921        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2551

By Ms. Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2551) of Elizabeth A. Malia and others relative to the assessed value of real estate in agricultural or horticultural use.  Revenue.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 3338 OF 2017-2018.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act promoting urban agriculture and horticulture.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

Section 5 of chapter 59 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following clause: -

Fifty-ninth. Up to 100 percent of the assessed value of real estate in agricultural, horticultural or agricultural and horticultural use, as those terms are defined in sections 1 and 2 of chapter 61A, provided that the real estate or portion thereof in agricultural, horticultural or agricultural and horticultural use is less than 2 acres in area; provided further, that gross sales of agricultural, horticultural or agricultural and horticultural products resulting from such uses together total not less than $500 in the previous year. The exemption provided in this clause shall apply only to the portion of real estate in agricultural, horticultural or agricultural and horticultural use. This clause shall take effect in any city or town upon acceptance of this section; provided, that such city or town has a population of at least 50,000 inhabitants or meets the definition of a gateway municipality under section 3A of chapter 23A. The legislative body of any city or town that accepts this clause shall establish and may thereafter modify the percentage of the assessed value exempt from taxation.