SB96 (2005) Detail

Establishing Rotary Foundation special number plates.






AN ACT establishing Rotary Foundation special number plates.

SPONSORS: Sen. Roberge, Dist 9; Rep. Craig, Hills 9; Rep. Graham, Hills 18; Rep. Gonzalez, Hills 17

COMMITTEE: Transportation and Interstate Cooperation


This bill establishes special number plates to support the Rotary Foundation.

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.




In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five

AN ACT establishing Rotary Foundation special number plates.

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

1 New Subdivision; Rotary Foundation Special Number Plates. Amend RSA 261 by inserting after section 97-f the following new subdivision:

Rotary Foundation Special Number Plates

261:97-g Rotary Foundation Special Number Plates.

I. The director is hereby authorized to issue special number plates supporting the Rotary Foundation, in lieu of other number plates. The commissioner shall determine the design of these special plates, which shall incorporate the logo of Rotary International. The plates shall retain the “live free or die” logo. Such plates shall be issued only upon application and upon payment of a $35 fee that shall be in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee and any other number plate fees otherwise required.

II. Plates shall be renewed on an annual basis for $35 per set. Of this sum, the department shall retain an amount as is necessary to recover production and administrative costs as approved by the fiscal committee of the general court. The remaining funds shall be paid to the state treasurer, who shall pay the funds accumulated under this section to the Rotary Foundation on a quarterly basis. The cost of replacement number plates shall be identical to the cost of initial number plates and the revenue from replacement number plates shall be distributed in the same manner as revenue derived from initial number plates.

III. Plates may be used on passenger motor vehicles and recreation vehicles.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect July 1, 2005.





AN ACT establishing Rotary Foundation special number plates.


The Department of Safety states this bill will increase state expenditures and decrease state and local revenues by an indeterminable amount in FY 2006 and each year thereafter. There will be no fiscal impact on county revenue or county and local expenditures.


The Department states this legislation intends to establish Rotary Foundation Special Number Plates supporting the Rotary Foundation. The Department is unable to determine how many persons would purchase these plates at $35 per set or how many persons would purchase these plates in lieu of other vanity plates, which may reduce the revenue to the Driver & Safety Education Fund by the $25 initial plate fee. The Department estimates that the minimum startup costs of any new plate issue are $30,000 for various items, such as computer time, planning time, artist fees, special printing, handling, and accounting. In addition, the cost to manufacture the minimum issue of 5,000 pairs of plates is as much as $13 a pair; the economies of scale occur only with large runs. If only a small quantity were sold, then the funds would only make about $4 on every pair sold. This bill also states that the cost of replacement number plates, which would normally be credited to the Highway Fund if they are initial plates, would instead be credited to the Initial Plate Fund, and the original set of $35 plates after production and administrative costs would be paid to the Rotary Foundation. Also, since these fees would not be credited to the Highway Fund, then the Local Highway Aid (RSA 235:23) would be reduced by 12% of the reduction in Highway Fund revenue. There would be no effect on counties.


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SB96 Revision: 9347 Date: Jan. 21, 2010, midnight