HB314 (2005) Detail

Requiring public restrooms in the division of motor vehicles.


HB 314-FN – AS INTRODUCED

2005 SESSION

05-0692

05/10

HOUSE BILL 314-FN

AN ACT requiring public restrooms in the division of motor vehicles.

SPONSORS: Rep. Palazzo, Rock 14

COMMITTEE: Public Works and Highways

ANALYSIS

This bill requires public restrooms in the division of motor vehicles.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

05-0692

05/10

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five

AN ACT requiring public restrooms in the division of motor vehicles.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 New Section; Division of Motor Vehicles; Public Restrooms. Amend RSA 260 by inserting after section 23 the following new section:

260:23-a Public Restrooms. Any building that is occupied by the division of motor vehicles and, as part of its normal operation, is open to the public shall be equipped with public restroom facilities.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

LBAO

05-0692

1/21/05

HB 314-FN - FISCAL NOTE

AN ACT requiring public restrooms in the division of motor vehicles.

FISCAL IMPACT:

      The Department of Safety stated this bill will increase state highway fund expenditures by an indeterminable amount in FY 2005 and each year thereafter. There will be no fiscal impact on state, county, and local revenue or county and local expenditures.

METHODOLOGY:

    The Department states that this legislation requires restrooms in the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The Department further states there are nine (9) motor vehicle facilities open to the public in state-owned buildings around the state, of which three (3) have public bathroom facilities. The cost of providing public restrooms in most of these facilities would require detailed estimates from the Bureau of Public Works. In some cases, additions would have to be put on the buildings. The cost could run from $50,000 to $100,000 or more in some cases.

    The Department states there are eight (8) rented facilities occupied by DMV around the state that are open to the public and four (4) of these have restrooms that are accessible to the public. For the others it would be necessary to break on going leases and relocate or negotiate with the landlord to renovate the facilities to provide public restrooms. It is impossible to estimate what this would cost, but it would be substantial. In addition to the cost of new construction and new leases, which would be a one time cost, there would be ongoing costs of additional janitorial services to clean the restrooms and supplies such as soap, toilet tissue and paper towels. This is impossible to estimate without a detailed study and surveying each separate landlord or contracted janitorial service.

Links

HB314 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type

Bill Text Revisions

HB314 Revision: 8779 Date: Jan. 21, 2010, midnight

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