84(R) - 2015
Parks and Wildlife
Relating to the allocation to the Parks and Wildlife Department of the proceeds from taxes imposed on the sale, storage, or use of sporting goods.
A fiscal note dated April 10, 2015 anticipates not significant fiscal implication to the State.
It adds that fiscal implications of the bill to local units of government cannot be determined at this time because the amount of Sporting Goods Sales Tax available for local parks grants would be subject to appropriations.
House Bill 300 would amend the Parks and Wildlife Code to provide that the 4 accounts that currently receive Sporting Goods Sales Tax revenues each receive no more than the amount of the tax proceeds appropriated to the account instead of a fixed percentage as they do currently.
Companion bill SB 1366 is similar but not identical to HB 300.
Vote Recommendation Notes
Under current law, the Parks and Wildlife accounts that receive Sporting Goods Sales Tax (SGST) revenues receive a percentage of the maximum total amount of 94 percent of the SGST allocated.
House Bill 300 would remove the percentages of allocations applied to each account and limit the allocated amount to the appropriated amounts concerning each account.
House Bill 300 aims at giving the Legislature more flexibility, within the 94 percent allocated to the Parks & Wildlife Department, in their appropriations to the different accounts depending on needs from each account. Since this bill can potentially make the appropriations process to the Parks and Wildlife Department more efficient without changing the total amount of SGST allocated, we support this bill.