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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: September 26, 2013 03:25 PM
From: Representative Pam Snyder
To: All House members
Subject: Change in Definition of Domiciled in the County Code
In the near future I will be introducing legislation that would amend §1770.6 of the County Code (Authorization of Hotel Tax). The intent of this legislative proposal is to give a County the authority to impose the hotel tax on the rental of a hotel room for extended occupancy by persons who are not domiciled in the Commonwealth.

Specifically, this legislative proposal would add the term “domicile” to the definitions of §1770.6. “Domicile” would be defined, in part, to mean “the place where a person has a true and fixed home and principal establishment for an indefinite time and to which, whenever absent, that person intends to return.” The term “domicile” would not include a person or business domiciled outside the Commonwealth who rents a room or any portion of a hotel for more than 30 days. In the case of a business, domicile would be that place where the business’ executive offices and its executives’ direct support staffs are located, and where most, if not all, of the corporate functions are conducted or coordinated.

The definition of “hotel” would be amended to clarify that the term excludes any portion of a facility that is occupied by a person domiciled in the Commonwealth or devoted to a person who is not domiciled in the Commonwealth but who is subject to a protection from abuse order or who leaves a household or residence to avoid further abuse. Additionally, the term would not apply to a hotel room that is occupied by a member of the military on active duty.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1795