Bill Details - HB236 (2019)

HB 236-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0188

11/06

 

HOUSE BILL 236-FN

 

AN ACT relative to the penalties for passing a school bus.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2; Rep. Horn, Merr. 2; Rep. Potucek, Rock. 6; Rep. Gay, Rock. 8; Rep. Bershtein, Rock. 2; Rep. Hinch, Hills. 21; Rep. Janigian, Rock. 8

 

COMMITTEE: Transportation

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill increases the fine and imposes mandatory license suspensions for persons who illegally pass school buses.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0188

11/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to the penalties for passing a school bus.

 

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

 

1  Rules of the Road; Overtaking and Passing School Bus; Penalties.  Amend RSA 265:54, I-b to read as follows:

I-b.  Except as provided in paragraph IV, a person who violates the provisions of paragraph I shall be guilty of a violation and shall be fined [$150] $500 plus penalty assessment for a first offense, and shall be fined not less than [$250] $500 nor more than $1,000 for a subsequent offense.  In addition, the director [may] shall suspend the person's license to drive or nonresident driving privilege for a period of 10 days for a first offense and for a period of at least 15 and up to 30 days for a second or subsequent offense.

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

 

LBAO

19-0188

12/20/18

 

HB 236-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to the penalties for passing a school bus.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

   Expenditures

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [ X ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Restricted Cost of Collection*, Victims' Assistance Fund, Judicial Branch IT Fund

*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.

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill increases the fine and imposes a mandatory license suspension for persons who illegally pass school buses.  The Judicial Branch assumes the increase in the fine will not impact the average of approximately 160 cases per year of persons violating RSA 265:54, therefore the Branch would experience no change in expenditures.  The Branch reports nearly all violations of RSA 265:54 are committed by first time offenders.  Therefore, the $350 fine increase for first time offenders multiplied by the 160 cases a year would increase fine revenue by an estimated $56,000 a year.  Additionally, a 24% penalty assessment would be imposed on those violators which would produce an estimated additional $13,440 to the following funds: $8,959.10 to the general fund, $2,240.45 to the victims’ assistance fund, and $2,240.45 to the judicial branch information technology fund.

 

The Department of Safety states this bill will increase expenditures by an indeterminable amount due to: 1) potential increases in administrative actions and activity needed to process license suspensions, and 2) reprogramming of the VISION system to match the new fine structure.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Safety and Judicial Branch

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 2, 2019 Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Transportation HJ 2 P. 42
Jan. 15, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/15/2019 10:30 am LOB 203
Feb. 26, 2019 Executive Session: 02/26/2019 02:00 pm LOB 203
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-0; CC)
March 7, 2019 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/07/2019 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 14 P. 6
March 7, 2019 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/07/2019

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 15, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 26, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 7, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB236 Revision: 4444 Date: Dec. 27, 2018, 3:03 p.m.