Bill Details - HB618 (2017)

HB 618-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0067

08/03

 

HOUSE BILL 618-FN

 

AN ACT eliminating the bureau of certificate of title and providing for the criminal prosecution for its supervisor.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Marple, Merr. 24

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill eliminates the bureau of certificate of title.

 

This bill also provides for the investigation of the bureau of certificate of title.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0067

08/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT eliminating the bureau of certificate of title and providing for the criminal prosecution for its supervisor.

 

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

 

1  Statement of Intent.  The general court finds that the practice of taking the deed or certificate of origin for automobiles is an unnecessary and costly duplication of process and is in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution for the United States of America and an unlawful conversion of private property.

2  Repeal.  The following are repealed:

I.  RSA 260:24, establishing the bureau of certificate of title.

II.  RSA 260:25, relative to staff of the bureau of certificate of title.

3  Staff.  Current employees of the bureau of certificate of title in the department of safety may be reassigned or offered transfer to other open positions in other agencies of the state.

4  Unlawful Conversion of Property.  The general court further orders the attorney general to immediately investigate and determine who initiated the deception that has burdened the people with the excessive cost of their right to travel.  Upon such determination the attorney general shall prosecute the culprits that have unlawfully trespassed upon the people's right to travel and committed the common law crime of unlawful conversion of people's private property.

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

 

LBAO

17-0067

1/23/17

 

HB 618-FN- FISCAL NOTE

as introduced

 

AN ACT eliminating the bureau of certificate of title and providing for the criminal prosecution for its supervisor.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

($9,350,000)

($9,500,000)

($9,650,000)

($9,800,000)

   Expenditures

Indeterminable

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [ X ] Highway           [ X ] Costs of Collection and Administration

*Pursuant to Part II, article 6-a of the New Hampshire constitution, any costs associated with the collection and administration of Highway Funds by the Department of Safety shall be deducted by the Department before such funds are credited to the Highway Fund as unrestricted revenue.

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

($742,000)

($1,864,000)

($1,882,000)

($1,900,000)

   Expenditures

$0

$0

$0

$0

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill eliminates the Bureau of Certificate of Title within the Division of Motor Vehicles and orders the Attorney General to conduct an investigation.  Residents of New Hampshire are required to apply for a New Hampshire title for any motor vehicle that meets the requirements.  The Bureau administers all title applications for proper transfer of ownership, recording of liens, and to check for federal odometer requirements.  In FY 2016, the Bureau issued over 398,500 titles.  This bill allows for the transfer or reassignment of Bureau employees to other state agencies.  The Department of Safety has provided the following estimated impact this bill would have on its revenues and expenditures:

 

 

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Revenue Increase/(Decrease)

 

 

 

 

Certificate of Title Revenue

($9,350,000)

($9,500,000)

($9,650,000)

($9,800,000)

Expenditure Increase/(Decrease)

 

 

 

 

Bureau of Certificate of Title Expenditure (Assuming all FT staff is reassigned)

($491,441)

($504,546)

($517,159)

($530,088)

 

Local governments collect a fee of $2.00 for every title processed and in FY 2016 there were over 371,000.  In addition, pursuant to RSA 235:23, I, 12 percent of previous year gross road toll and motor is distributed as municipal block grants to cities and towns from the state highway fund.

 

Local Revenue Decrease

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

$2.00 Fee Revenue

($742,000)

($742,000)

($742,000)

($742,000)

Highway Block Grant Revenue

$0

($1,122,000)

($1,140,000)

($1,158,000)

Total Local Revenue Decrease

($742,000)

($1,864,000)

($1,882,000)

($1,900,000)

 

The Department of Justice is unable to estimate this bill’s impact on its expenditures.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Safety and Department of Justice

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 5, 2017 Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 3 P. 22
Feb. 7, 2017 Public Hearing: 02/07/2017 02:30 PM LOB 306
Feb. 23, 2017 Executive Session: 02/23/2017 02:30 PM LOB 305-307
March 8, 2017 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/08/2017 (Vote 19-1; CC) HC 14 P. 14
March 18, 2017 Removed from Consent (Rep. Marple) 03/18/2017 HJ 9 P. 7
March 9, 2017 Lay on Table (Rep. McGuire): MA VV 03/09/2017 HJ 10 P. 64
Died on Table

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 7, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 23, 2017 House Exec Session
March 8, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB618 Revision: 208 Date: Jan. 25, 2017, 2:02 p.m.