HB 372-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 372-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Flanagan, Hills. 26
This bill requires that motorists give a wide berth to all vehicles, rather than stationary vehicles, that are displaying blue, red, or amber emergency or warning lights.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
(d) Give a wide berth, without endangering oncoming traffic, to public safety personnel, any persons in the roadway, and [stationary] vehicles displaying blue, red, or amber emergency or warning lights.
HB 372-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ X ] Highway [ X ] Other - Restricted Plea-By-Mail Revenue, Victims' Assistance Fund, Judical Branch IT Fund
This bill expands the requirement that motorists give a wide berth to all vehicles, rather than only stationary vehicles, displaying blue, red, or amber emergency or warning lights on roadways. To the extent this bill may result in increased violations, state revenue and expenditures may increase by an indeterminable amount in FY 2020 and each year thereafter. Fine revenue collected by the courts is credited to the highway fund and fine revenue collected by the Department of Safety (plea-by-mail) is credited as agency income to the department. All fines are also subject to a penalty assessment (the greater of 24% of the fine amount or $2), for which the proceeds split and are credited to the general fund (66.66%), victims’ assistance fund (16.67%), and the judicial branch information technology fund (16.67%). Also, pursuant to RSA 235:23, not less than 12 percent of the total motor vehicle fee revenue collected in the previous year is distributed to municipalities as highway block grants. Therefore, this bill may result in an indeterminable increase in state highway fund expenditures and local revenue in FY 2021 and each year thereafter.
This bill contains penalties that may have an impact of the New Hampshire Judicial Branch. There is no method to determine how many charges may be brought as a result of changes contained in this bill to determine the fiscal impact on Branch expenditures. However, any marginal increase or decrease in violations due to this bill would impact the expenditures of the Branch as follows:
Violation Level Offense
It should be noted that average case cost estimates for FY 2020 and FY 2021 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.
Department of Safety and Judicial Branch
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Transportation HJ 3 P. 12|
|Jan. 22, 2019||Public Hearing: 01/22/2019 10:30 am LOB 203|
|Jan. 29, 2019||Executive Session: 01/29/2019 02:00 pm LOB 203|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 18-0; CC)|
|Feb. 14, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 02/14/2019 (Vote 18-0; CC) HC 11 P. 11|
|Feb. 14, 2019||Ought to Pass: MA VV 02/14/2019|
|March 7, 2019||Introduced 03/07/2019 and Referred to Transportation; SJ 8|
|Jan. 22, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Jan. 29, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 14, 2019||House||Floor Vote|