HB 472-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 472-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. DeSimone, Rock. 14; Rep. Baldasaro, Rock. 5; Rep. Belanger, Hills. 27; Rep. L. Ober, Hills. 37; Rep. Major, Rock. 14; Rep. Harb, Rock. 14; Sen. Carson, Dist 14
This bill allows for the issuance of special number plates for each car owned by a veteran.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
14Mar2019... 0696h 19-0812
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:
I. The department shall furnish [one set of] special number plates, designed by the director with the approval of the commissioner, for [one] each motor vehicle owned by a veteran, who may be listed as the first or second owner on the certificate of title or certificate of registration, who:
II. The initial set of plates furnished pursuant to subparagraphs I(a)-I(e) shall be issued without charge. An additional set of plates shall be issued to a person who qualifies for the special plates upon payment of the state and municipal permit fees for the issuance of number plates. Notwithstanding RSA 265:73 or any other law, any person who is issued a plate pursuant to subparagraphs I(c)-I(e) shall not be entitled to free parking privileges for disabled veterans. A person who qualifies for special plates pursuant to subparagraph I(a), I(c), I(d), or I(e) may be issued an additional plate for a motorcycle.
II. For purposes of this section, a motor vehicle is owned by a veteran if the veteran is the motor vehicle's owner under RSA 259:72, I, or if the legal ownership of the motor vehicle is held by a trust established by the veteran and the veteran has use of the motor vehicle or the motor vehicle is used for the transportation of the veteran. The director shall establish the documentation required for a motor vehicle held in trust to be eligible for plates under this section. [The director shall not issue more than one set of plates under this section to any trust.] A trustee of the trust or the administrator of the estate may be fined up to $500 for failing to return within 60 days of the death of the veteran any plates issued under this section for a motor vehicle held in trust.
261:157 Exemption of Amputee and Other Disabled Veterans. For the initial set of plates, no fee shall be charged for a permit to register a motor vehicle owned by a veteran of any war or armed conflict, as defined in RSA 72:28, V, who because of being an amputee or paraplegic or having suffered loss or use of a limb from a service-connected cause, as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, has received said vehicle from the United States government or cash settlement in lieu thereof; or because of a disability incurred in, or aggravated by such service, and upon satisfactory proof that the veteran is evaluated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to be totally and permanently disabled from such service-connected disability.
261:159 Exemption for Blind Veterans. For the initial set of plates, no fee shall be charged for a permit to register a vehicle owned by a veteran who has been determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be suffering from total blindness as a result of a service-connected disability.
HB 472-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ ] General [ ] Education [ X ] Highway [ X ] Other - *Restricted Cost of Collections
This bill expands the issuance of special number plates for a single car owned by a veteran to include multiple cars. Under current law, veterans who qualify for Purple Heart, Pearl Harbor, Former Prisoner of War, and Disabled Veteran plates are allowed one set of plates free of charge. Since this bill would expand that benefit to include additional vehicles owned by veterans exempt from charges, this bill could decrease highway fund revenue. The Department of Safety reports currently 2,800 special number plates are issued free of charge to qualifying veterans, but the Department is unable to determine how many additional vehicles would be covered under this bill. Therefore, highway fund revenue will be impacted by an indeterminable amount. The Department reports this bill may also decrease local revenue, due to municipalities typically waiving the local portion of the vehicle registration for veterans exempt from state charges. Additionally, at least 12 percent of total highway fund revenue is allocated to local highway aid pursuant to RSA 235:23, so a decrease in highway fund revenue will lower local highway aid.
In FY 2020, the Department anticipates a $56,000 increase in reprogramming expenses for the MAAP and VISION systems due to the change in fees under this bill. Municipalities may also incur an increase in expenses for FY 2020 if they need to reprogram their registration systems.
Department of Safety
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Transportation HJ 3 P. 15|
|Feb. 19, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/19/2019 01:30 pm LOB 203|
|Feb. 26, 2019||Executive Session: 02/26/2019 02:00 pm LOB 203|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0696h (Vote 19-0; RC)|
|March 7, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0696h for 03/07/2019 (Vote 19-0; RC) HC 14 P. 20|
|Special Order to 03/14/2019 Without Objection|
|March 14, 2019||Amendment # 2019-0696h: AA VV 03/14/2019|
|March 14, 2019||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0696h: MA VV 03/14/2019|
|March 21, 2019||Introduced 03/21/2019 and Referred to Transportation; SJ 10|
|Feb. 19, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 26, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|March 7, 2019||House||Floor Vote|
|March 14, 2019||House||Floor Vote|