H. R. 1251
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 14, 2019
Mr. Blumenauer (for himself, Mr. Kelly of Pennsylvania, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, Mr. Marchant, Mr. Kind, Mrs. Walorski, Mr. Suozzi, Mr. Zeldin, Mr. Tonko, and Mr. Hurd of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the tax-exempt financing of certain government-owned buildings.
This Act may be cited as the
Public Buildings Renewal Act of 2019.
Tax-exempt financing of qualified government buildings
Section 142(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking
or at the end of paragraph (14), by striking the period at the end of paragraph (15) and inserting
, or, and by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
qualified government buildings.
Qualified government buildings
Section 142 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
Qualified governmental buildings
For purposes of subsection (a)(16), the term
qualified governmental buildings means any building or facility that consists of one or more of the following:
An elementary school or a secondary school (within the meanings given such terms by section 14101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 8801), as in effect on the date of the enactment of this subsection).
Facilities of a State college or university used for educational purposes.
A library maintained for, and open to, the general public.
A Court of law.
A hospital, health care facilities, laboratory facilities or research facilities.
Public safety facilities (including police, fire, enhanced 911, emergency or disaster management, and ambulance or emergency medical service facilities and jails and correctional facilities).
Offices for employees of a governmental unit.
Specifically excluded facilities
Such term shall not include—
a building or facility the primary purpose of which is one of the following: retail food and beverage services, or the provision of recreation or entertainment, or
any building or facility that includes any of the following: any private or commercial golf course, country club, massage parlor, tennis club, skating facility (including roller skating, skateboard, and ice skating), racquet sports facility (including any handball or racquetball court), hot tub facility, suntan facility, racetrack, convention center, or sports stadium or arena.
National limitation on amount of tax-exempt financing for qualified governmental building
The aggregate amount allocated by the Secretary under subparagraph (C) shall not exceed $5,000,000,000.
Enforcement of national limitation
An issue shall not be treated as an issue described in subsection (a)(16) if the aggregate face amount of bonds issued pursuant to such issue for any qualified governmental building (when added to the aggregate face amount of bonds previously so issued for such facility) exceeds the amount allocated to such qualified governmental building under subparagraph (C).
Allocation by the Secretary
The Secretary shall allocate a portion of the amount described in subparagraph (A) to a qualified governmental building if the Secretary determines that—
the application for financing of such qualified governmental building meets the requirements set forth in subparagraph (D), and
the amount of the allocation requested, if allocated by the Secretary, would not cause the national limitation set forth in subparagraph (A) to be exceeded.
Applications For Financing
An application for financing a qualified governmental building meets the requirements of this subparagraph if such application includes—
the amount of the allocation requested,
the name of the governmental unit that will own the project, together with complete contact information,
a description of the project as a whole and the proposed organizational and legal structure of the project,
a timeline showing the estimated start and completion dates for each major phase or milestone of project development and an indication of the current status of milestones on this timeline, including all necessary permits and environmental approvals,
a statement of anticipated sources and uses of funds for the project, and
the following declaration signed by an individual who has personal knowledge of the relevant facts and circumstances: “Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this document and, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the document contains all the relevant facts relating to the document, and such facts are true, correct, and complete.”
Use of allocation in a timely manner
If, following an allocation by the Secretary under subparagraph (C), bonds are not issued in the amount of such allocation after the date that is 2 years after the date of such allocation, then the unused portion of the allocation shall be withdrawn, unless the Secretary, upon a showing of good cause by the applicant, grants an extension of such date.
Exception for current refunding bonds
Paragraph (4) shall not apply to any bond (or series of bonds) issued to refund a bond issued under subsection (a)(16) if—
the average maturity date of the issue of which the refunding bond is a part is not later than the average maturity date of the bonds to be refunded by such issue,
the amount of the refunding bond does not exceed the outstanding amount of the refunded bond, and
the refunded bond is redeemed not later than 90 days after the date of the issuance of the refunding bond.
Subsection (b)(2) shall not apply with respect to any qualified governmental building.
No depreciation or investment credit
No depreciation, amortization, or business credit under section 38 shall be allowed with respect to any facility described in subsection (a)(16) which has been financed by the net proceeds of the issue.
Governmentally owned requirement
Section 142(b)(1)(A) of such Code is amended by striking
or (12) and inserting
(12), or (16).
Exemption from volume cap on private activity bonds
Section 146(g)(3) of such Code is amended by striking
or (15) and inserting
(15), or (16).
The amendments made by this section shall apply to bonds issued after the date of the enactment of this Act.