HB 1414-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1414-FN
AN ACT relative to forfeiture fees regarding dog licenses.
SPONSORS: Rep. Dickey, Hills. 5
COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government
This bill increases the amount of time that a person has to pay the fee in a forfeiture case regarding dog licenses.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
466:13 Forfeiture. Whoever is the owner or keeper of a dog and who fails to license or renew the dog license pursuant to RSA 466:1 shall forfeit $25 to the town or city clerk of the municipality in which the dog is kept. If the forfeiture is not made to the town or city clerk within  45 calendar days of the notice of forfeiture, the case may be disposed of in a district court as a violation with a fine not to exceed $50, notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 651:2, IV. A forfeiture shall not relieve the owner or keeper of the requirement of proper licensing of the dog as required by RSA 466:1. This section shall also apply to cats, if the municipality licenses cats. Any forfeitures collected under this section may be retained by the city or town for the administration and enforcement of this chapter.
HB 1414-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill would amend RSA 466:13 concerning the payment of a $25 forfeiture fee to the town or city clerk for failure to license or renew the license of a dog. Failure to pay the $25 fee can result in a violation level offense in the district division of the circuit court. This bill would increase the time allowed to pay the fee and avoid the violation offense from 15 calendar days to 45 calendar days.
The Judicial Branch assumes by allowing an additional month for payment of the forfeiture fee, the bill could result in fewer violation level offenses in the district division. The Branch has no information on which to estimate how many fewer violation level offenses may result from the bill, but does have information on the average cost of processing such cases in the trial court. The average violation level offense in the district division of the circuit court is estimated to be $49 in FY 2019 and FY 2020. These numbers do not consider the cost of any appeals that may be taken following trial. It should be noted that average case cost estimates for FY 2019 and FY 2020 are based on data that is more than ten years old and does not reflect changes to the courts over that same period of time or the impact these changes may have on processing the various case types.
The New Hampshire Municipal Association states it is unlikely that there would be a fiscal impact on local expenditures.
The New Hampshire Association of Counties states there is no fiscal impact on the counties based on the language of this bill.
Judicial Branch, New Hampshire Association of Counties, and New Hampshire Municipal Association
|Jan. 3, 2018||Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Municipal and County Government HJ 1 P. 10|
|Jan. 31, 2018||Public Hearing: 01/31/2018 02:00 PM LOB 301|
|Feb. 13, 2018||==TIME CHANGE== Executive Session: 02/13/2018 11:00 AM LOB 301|
|Feb. 13, 2018||==RESCHEDULED== Executive Session: 02/13/2018 11:00 AM LOB 301|
|Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-0; CC)|
|March 6, 2018||Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/06/2018 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 9 P. 29|
|March 6, 2018||Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 51|
|Jan. 31, 2018||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 13, 2018||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 13, 2018||House||Exec Session|
|March 6, 2018||House||Floor Vote|