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HOUSE BILL NO. 287
INTRODUCED BY S. ANDERSON
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT ELIMINATING THE EXEMPTION FROM THE LODGING FACILITY USE TAX FOR FACILITIES THAT DO NOT CHARGE MORE THAN 60% OF THE AMOUNT AUTHORIZED FOR STATE REIMBURSEMENT FOR LODGING WHILE ON STATE BUSINESS WITHIN THE STATE OF MONTANA; AMENDING SECTION 15-65-101, MCA; PROVIDING A CONTINGENT VOIDNESS PROVISION; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 15-65-101, MCA, is amended to read:
"15-65-101. Definitions. For purposes of this part, the following definitions apply:
(1) "Accommodation charge" means the fee charged by the owner or operator of a facility for use of the facility for lodging, including bath house facilities, but excluding charges for meals, transportation, entertainment, or any other similar charges.
(2) "Campground" means a place, publicly or privately owned, used for public camping where persons may camp, secure tents, or park individual recreational vehicles for camping and sleeping purposes. The term does not include that portion of a trailer court, trailer park, or mobile home park intended for occupancy by trailers or mobile homes for resident dwelling purposes for periods of 30 consecutive days or more.
(3) "Council" means the tourism advisory council established in 2-15-1816.
(4) "Facility" means a building containing individual sleeping rooms or suites, providing overnight lodging facilities for
periods of less than 30 days to the general public for compensation. The term includes a facility represented to the public as
a hotel, motel, campground, resort, dormitory, condominium inn, dude ranch, guest ranch, hostel, public lodginghouse, or
bed and breakfast facility. The term does not include any building operated by a health care facility, as defined in 50-5-101,
any facility owned by a corporation organized under Title 35, chapter 2 or 3, that is used primarily by persons under the age
of 18 years for camping purposes,
any hotel, motel, hostel, public lodginghouse, or bed and breakfast facility whose
average daily accommodation charge for single occupancy does not exceed 60% of the amount authorized under 2-18-501
for the actual cost of lodging for travel within the state of Montana, or any other facility that is rented solely on a monthly
basis or for a period of 30 days or more.
(5) "Nonprofit convention and visitors bureau" means a nonprofit corporation organized under Montana law and recognized by a majority of the governing body in the city or consolidated city-county in which the bureau is located.
(6) "Regional nonprofit tourism corporation" means a nonprofit corporation organized under Montana law and recognized by the council as the entity for promoting tourism within one of several regions established by executive order of the governor."
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Submission to electorate. This amendment shall be submitted to the qualified electors of Montana at the tax election to be held in 1999 by printing on the ballot the full title of this act and the following:
SHALL THE LODGING FACILITY USE TAX BE INCREASED ANNUALLY BY REMOVING THE EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN FACILITIES IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER?:
 FOR removing the exemption for certain lodging facilities that charge less than a calculated amount.
 AGAINST removing the exemption for certain lodging facilities that charge less than a calculated amount.
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Contingent voidness. If Constitutional Initiative No. 75, enacting Article VIII, section 17, of the Montana constitution, is declared invalid, then this act is void.
NEW SECTION. Section 4. Effective date. If approved by the electorate, this act is effective July 1, 1999.
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