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Bill encourages green homes

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The state Senate has approved a bill to encourage construction of green homes in the state.

It would allow municipalities to decide if they want to give a 20-year, 35-percent tax exemption to people who want to build a green home.

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The building plans would have to meet a number of specific criteria including materials, design, and renewable energy options.

Senator Mark Grisanti introduced the legislation. He says the credit will spur an environmentally sound way of living while creating jobs for home builders.  “If people tour these type of homes they would be amazed,” grisanti said. “ I went into one of these houses where the gentlemen there said ‘do you smell any paint?’ and I said, ‘no.’ He took me into a room and he goes we just painted this room an hour and a half ago. Even the paint content doesn’t have that odor.”

The bill is headed to the assembly for approval next.

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