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16A Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Feather River Bulletin Taxpayer bill passes committee Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Linda) announced that his measure, Assembly Bill 1352, cleared the Senate Gover- nance and Finance Commit- tee by a unanimous vote and was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Sponsored by the State Board of Equalization (BOE), AB 1352 would give the BOE flexibility to re- lieve some or all of the inter- est imposed on a taxpayer&apos;s late payment, if the BOE finds that the late payment was due to extraordinary circumstances such as the death of a family member or medical incapacitation, and if the BOE has already de- termined that the taxpayer should be relieved of the penalty for late payment. "AB 1352 will provide much-needed tax relief for those individuals that hon- estly need it," said Logue. "We all find ourselves in tough times every once in a while, and this bill will help alleviate the burden and worry of having to pay inter- est on late tax payments." AB 1352 was prompted by a case that came before the Members of the BOE where a bookkeeper embezzled a sub- stantial amount of sales tax conected from the taxpayer's customers. Even though the taxpayer had an excellent payment record with the BOE, and acted swiftly and appropriately when he dis- covered the embezzlement (firing the bookkeeper, who was later prosecuted and sentenced to'prison), under the law, the BOE had no au- thority to grant the taxpayer any relief from the interest. This bill would give the BOE that authority. "I'm proud to author this much-needed bill and am pleased that it has received so much support from both sides of the aisle," com- mented Logue. "I look for- ward to getting this bill to the Senate floor and then on to the governor." This measure will be heard next in the Commit- tee on Appropriations be- fore proceeding to a vote of the full Senate. Give us a call today for all your construction needs: EgkTTY General Builcng Contractor Calif. 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Gaines, whose district in- cludes Plumas County, called the proposed new require- ments "unattainable" and vowed to "see this through to the end." The current moratorium stems from a lawsuit, spear- headed by the Karuk tribe, which argued that the prac- tice was harming fish habitat by churning up pollutants, such as mercury, deposited in streambeds by a century and a half of mining activity. The moratorium went into effect in 2009, when the Legis- lature passed a bill temporari- ly banning suction dredge mining on all California lakes and rivers until the court-or- dered environmental review could be completed. PG&E releases plan to modernize grid Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently shared its vision for the Smart Grid and a broad plan for modernizing its electric infrastructure to deliver a host of energy and cost sav- ings to PG&E customers across northern and central California. 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