HB1231 (2018) Detail

Relative to dog licenses.


HB 1231-FN-LOCAL - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2165

08/01

 

HOUSE BILL HB 1231-FN-LOCAL

 

AN ACT relative to dog licenses.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Darrow, Graf. 17

 

COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture

 

-----------------------------------------------------------------

 

ANALYSIS

 

This bill increases the fee for a dog license for senior citizens.

 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

18-2165

08/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT relative to dog licenses.

 

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

 

1  Dog Licenses for Senior Citizens.  Amend RSA 466:4, II to read as follows:

II.  Notwithstanding paragraph I, the fee for every license for a year or a portion of a year shall be [$2] $2.50 for a dog of either sex if the owner is 65 years of age or older.  Such owner shall not be required to pay the companion animal population control fee, under RSA 466:4, I(b), for licensing of one dog; provided, however, that, if such owner wishes to license more than one dog, the fee for any additional license shall be as provided in paragraph I.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.

 

LBAO

18-2165

10/18/17

 

HB 1231-FN-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to dog licenses.

 

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

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

 

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

   Revenue

$15,300

$15,300

$15,300

$15,300

   Expenditures

$0

$0

$0

$0

 

METHODOLOGY:

This legislation increases the fee paid for a dog license from $2.00 to $2.50 for dog owners who are 65 years of age and older.  Licenses for other dog owners would not change.  Under current law, 50 cents from each $2.00 fee is paid to the Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food for operation of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, $1 is retained by the town or city clerk for their use, and the remainder is paid to the city or town’s general fund.  Since this legislation would not change the allocation, the 50 cent increase would go to municipal revenue.  The Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food assumes there are approximately 180,000 dogs licensed in New Hampshire based on the $90,000 it receives annually from the 50 cent fee per license for operation of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.  Based on census data, 17% of the NH population is over 65 years of age.  Therefore, it is estimated 30,600 dogs would be licensed by owners over the age of 65 and municipal revenue would increase by approximately $15,300 annually (180,000 x 17% x $0.50 = $15,300).

 

The New Hampshire Municipal Association surveyed a sample of municipal clerks and found most keep records on total fees and do not account separately for fees received from dog owners over 65.  Since the Association had no data on the number of licenses issued to dog owners over the age of 65, the increase in municipal revenue could not be determined.  

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food and New Hampshire Municipal Association

 

Links

HB1231 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 23, 2018 House Hearing
Jan. 30, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 7, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1231 Revision: 1813 Date: Nov. 7, 2017, 2:18 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Environment and Agriculture HJ 1 P. 4
Jan. 23, 2018 Public Hearing: 01/23/2018 01:00 PM LOB 303
Jan. 30, 2018 Executive Session: 01/30/2018 10:00 AM LOB 303
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 13-0; CC)
Feb. 7, 2018 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/07/2018 (Vote 13-0; CC) HC 5 P. 8
Feb. 8, 2018 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/08/2018 HJ 3 P. 5