H.P. 274 - L.D. 353
Sec. TTTT-1. 36 MRSA §194 is enacted to read:
1. Information provided to State Tax Assessor; use and confidentiality of data.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of State and all executive branch departments, boards, commissions, divisions, authorities, districts or other executive branch agencies of the State shall annually provide to the State Tax Assessor, within 3 months of the request of the assessor, and in such form as the assessor may prescribe, electronic data that those entities possess unless such release is prohibited by federal law. Information provided to the assessor pursuant to this section must be treated as though it is tax return information that is subject to the confidentiality and disclosure provisions of section 191 and its disclosure is further restricted as requested by the agency providing the information and as agreed to by the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services.
2. Expense of creating and maintaining data warehouse; transfer of funds.
The State Controller shall transfer from the General Fund an amount authorized by the assessor equal to the expenses incurred in creating and maintaining the data warehouse authorized by this section and in collecting the debts arising from the operation of the data warehouse. These expenses are limited to those resulting from 3rd-party contingency fee contracts for the services referenced in this section and include any associated expense charged by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Office of Information Technology for directly related services. The amount transferred must be deposited into a dedicated, nonlapsing account to be used solely for the purpose of creating and maintaining the data warehouse. Interest earned on balances in the account accrue to the account.
3. Report to Legislature.
The assessor shall annually report to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters and appropriations and financial affairs the costs incurred in creating and maintaining, and the tax revenues collected by using, the data warehouse authorized by this section.
Sec. TTTT-2. Privacy protection; plan. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services shall develop a plan to ensure that the confidentiality of taxpayer information is protected from any type of disclosure as part of the establishment of a data warehouse as provided in this Part. The plan must include provisions for ensuring that government and contract employees are educated in the requirements of law for protecting the confidentiality of taxpayer information. The bureau shall submit the plan to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation by October 1, 2009.