HB720 (2005) Detail

Relative to special number plates.


CHAPTER 295

HB 720-FN – FINAL VERSION

05/26/05 1481s

29Jun2005… 2047cofc

2005 SESSION

05-1057

03/04

HOUSE BILL 720-FN

AN ACT relative to special number plates.

SPONSORS: Rep. L. Elliott, Hills 1; Rep. Rollo, Straf 2; Rep. Gibson, Hills 19; Rep. O’Neil, RockĀ 15; Rep. P. Smith, Rock 3

COMMITTEE: Transportation

AMENDED ANALYSIS

This bill modifies the provisions for motor vehicle plates issued to certain state officers.

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

05/26/05 1481s

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05-1057

03/04

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five

AN ACT relative to special number plates.

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

295:1 Official Cover Plates. Amend RSA 261:90 to read as follows:

261:90 [State Seal on Number] Official Cover Plates. [On the special number plates issued under the provisions of RSA 261:91 to members of the senate and members of the house of representatives there shall be a reproduction of the seal of the state. If requested,] Upon payment of a fee, the director may issue and shall designate official cover plates with the reproduction of the state seal thereon to be affixed to a vehicle of United States senators from this state, representatives to congress from this state, the governor, members of the governor’s council, the president of the senate, members of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, members of the house of representatives, the attorney general, the secretary of state, and the state treasurer [may have special motor vehicle plates with the reproduction of the state seal thereon]. The fee for [such special number] official cover plates shall be $1 in addition to any other number plate manufacturing fee otherwise required. The official cover plates [with the reproduction of the state seal], exclusive of the seal, shall be white with green lettering, which shall alternate with red lettering every other biennium. Official cover plates shall have the title of the person requesting the plates, except for members of the governor’s council whose plates shall have their council district numbers embossed on them, and members of the general court, whose plates shall have their house seat numbers or their senate district numbers embossed on them unless the president of the senate, for members of the senate, or the speaker of the house of representatives, for members of the house of representatives, shall designate a title for their plates. The director shall not issue more than 2 sets of official cover plates to any person. Official cover plates may be attached only to vehicles registered in the name of the person issued the plates or the name of the spouse of a member of the general court, or any vehicle being operated by a member of the general court. [Said special plates shall be effective for a period of 2 years.] Nothing herein shall be construed as affecting the issuance of regular motor vehicle plates and the payment of the registration fee therefor. Official cover plates shall be manufactured at the state prison and the prison shall provide the plates to the department at the prison’s cost.

295:2 New Section; Official Cover Plate Advisory Committee. Amend RSA 261 by inserting after section 90 the following new section:

261:90-a Official Cover Plate Advisory Committee.

I. An official cover plate advisory committee is hereby established. The official cover plate advisory committee shall be composed of the following:

(a) The speaker of the house of representatives, or designee.

(b) The president of the senate, or designee.

(c) One councilor, appointed by majority vote of the governor’s council.

II. The committee shall choose a member to serve as chairman.

III. The committee shall recommend to the director by December 1 of every odd-numbered year any changes to the design of official cover plates issued pursuant to RSA 261:90.

IV. The members shall serve without compensation.

295:3 Special Number Plates. Amend RSA 261:91 to read as follows:

261:91 Special Number Plates. Upon payment of the motor vehicle registration fee, if any, the director may issue and shall designate a special plate, to be affixed to the vehicle of the [governor, the members of the governor’s council, president of the senate, members of the senate, speaker of the house of representatives, members of the house of representatives, the attorney general and his deputy,] county sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, members of the national guard, justices of the supreme and superior courts, [secretary of state, the state treasurer,] and vehicles of state police and motor vehicle divisions. The special plates shall have the state motto, “Live Free or Die,” written on them and shall be issued [at no cost] with no number plate fee being charged to the state other than for those plates furnished to the [governor, the members of the governor’s council, the president of the senate, speaker of the house of representatives,] state police and motor vehicle divisions. [The director shall not issue to a member of the general court more than 2 sets of special plates. Such] Special number plates [for members of the general court] issued to members of the national guard and justices of the supreme and superior courts may be attached only to vehicles registered in the name of [a member of the general court or a member’s spouse or to any vehicle while being operated by such member] the person issued the plates.

295:4 Expiration of Legislative Official Cover Plates. Amend RSA 261:94 to read as follows:

261:94 Expiration of [Legislative Number] Official Cover Plates and Special Number Plates. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law any [motor vehicle number] official cover plates and special number plates which are issued to [a member of the general court] elected or appointed officials who have a term of office shall expire [on the second Wednesday of January after] at the expiration of [his term] their terms of office [as such member] or upon their retirement, resignation, disqualification, expulsion, or death, whichever comes first.

295:5 Registration Fees to be Collected; Reference Changed. Amend RSA 261:141, VII(c) to read as follows:

(c) For [legislative] official cover plates--$1.

295:6 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

(Approved: Enacted in accordance with Part II, Article 44 of N.H. Constitution, without signature of the governor, July 27, 2005)

(Effective Date: September 25, 2005)

Links

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Action Dates

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Bill Text Revisions

HB720 Revision: 9116 Date: Jan. 21, 2010, midnight

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