Bill Details - HB510 (2019)

HB 510-FN-A - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0204

11/03

 

HOUSE BILL 510-FN-A

 

AN ACT relative to state motor vehicle registration fees and funding for noise abatement projects.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Somssich, Rock. 27; Rep. Le, Rock. 31; Rep. Pantelakos, Rock. 25; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21

 

COMMITTEE: Public Works and Highways

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill provides for an annual adjustment to motor vehicle registration fees to take into account miles per gallon ratings and inflation, and directs the department of transportation to use part of the funds generated through vehicle registration for implementation of Type II noise abatement projects.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0204

11/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to state motor vehicle registration fees and funding for noise abatement projects.

 

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

 

1  Motor Vehicles; Certificates of Title and Registration of Vehicles; Fees to be Collected.  Amend RSA 261:141, III(g) and (h) to read as follows:

(g)  For all motor vehicles other than those in RSA 261:141, I[:

0-3000 lbs. $31.20 ($2.60 per month)

3001-5000 lbs. $43.20 ($3.60 per month)

5001-8000 lbs. $55.20 ($4.60 per month)

8001-73,280 lbs. $.96 per hundred lbs. gross weight.], provided that such fees shall be adjusted annually pursuant to RSA 261:141-c:

(1)  For vehicles weighing between 0-3000 lbs., $35.40 ($2.95 per month).

(2)  For vehicles weighing between 3001-4000 lbs., $49.32 ($4.11 per month).

(3)  For vehicles weighing between 4001-5000 lbs., $63.24 ($5.27 per month).

(4)  For vehicles weighing 5001-6000 lbs., $77.16 ($6.43 per month).

(5)  For vehicles weighing 6001-8000 lbs., $98.64 ($8.22 per month).

(h)  Truck-tractors to be used in conjunction with a semi-trailer, gross weight shall include the weight of such tractors, the weight of the heaviest semi-trailer to be used therewith, and the weight of the maximum load to be carried thereby: between 8001-12,931 lbs. $1.72 per 100 pounds gross weight, between 12,931-73,280 lbs. $1.78 per 100 pounds gross weight, [up to 73,280 pounds $.96 per 100 pounds gross weight,] over 73,280 pounds-[$1.44] $2.74 shall be charged for each 100 pounds gross weight or portion thereof in excess of 73,280 pounds, provided that such fee shall be adjusted annually pursuant to RSA 261:141-C.

2  New Section; Adjustment of Registration Fees; Expenditure.  Amend RSA 261 by inserting after section 141-b the following new section:

261:141-c  Adjustment of Motor Vehicle Registration Fees; Expenditure.

I.  Beginning with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, the motor vehicle registration fees described in RSA 261:141, III(g) and (h) shall be adjusted annually as follows:

(a)  The previous year's registration fees for motor vehicles and trucks, as defined in RSA 261:141, III(g) and (h), shall be multiplied by an annual adjustment factor (AAF), which shall be equal to one plus a fraction, the numerator being difference between the current year's national average miles per gallon rating for all models and the previous year's national average miles per gallon rating for all models and the denominator being the previous year's national average miles per gallon rating for all models, plus the current fiscal year's CPI, expressed as a fraction of one hundred.

(b)  In this section, "CPI" means the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, all items, not seasonally adjusted, for the New England area.

II.  For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, one fourth of any additional revenues collected compared to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020 for motor vehicles pursuant to RSA 261:141, III(g) and (h) and this section, up to $8,000,000, shall be used solely for implementation of Type II noise abatement projects on both the highway and turnpike systems by the department of transportation.  The remaining 75 percent of additional revenue shall be dedicated to the highway and bridge betterment account established pursuant to RSA 235:23-a, II for unfunded infrastructure needs.

III.  For every fiscal year following the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, the percentage of total revenues collected for motor vehicles pursuant to RSA 261:141, III(g) and (h) and this section dedicated to Type II noise abatement projects or to the betterment account shall be recalculated to yield approximately the same dollar amount as was collected in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.

 

LBAO

19-0204

1/11/19

 

HB 510-FN-A- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to state motor vehicle registration fees and funding for noise abatement projects.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [ X ] 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

$504,000

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Funding Source:

  [    ] General            [    ] Education            [ X ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Restricted - Cost of Collections*, Restricted - Highway and Bridge Betterment Account, Restricted - Department of Transportation Specific Use

*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.

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

   Expenditures

$0

$0

$0

$0

 

METHODOLOGY:

Effective July 1, 2019, this bill increases all motor vehicles registration fees, as well as restructures the vehicle weight/fee structure for determining registration fees, under RSA 261:141, III(g) and (h).  This bill also establishes an automatic annual adjustment to the motor vehicle registration fees, with the first adjustment effective July 1, 2020.  For FY 2020, it is assumed all revenue would be collected by the Department of Safety and credited as unrestricted highway fund revenue, after necessary collection costs are deducted (current practice).  However, in FY 2021 and each year thereafter, this bill restricts portions of the fee revenue collected under RSA 262:141, III(g) and (h), for highway and turnpike system noise abatement projects and the highway and bridge betterment account.  The Department of Safety is unable to estimate this bill’s impact on state revenue as the current registration weight breakdown does not provide the number of vehicles that would meet the criteria of the new weight categories proposed.  Any increase to registration revenue would increase state expenditures and local revenues in FY 2021, and each year thereafter, as 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.  

 

To implement the changes required by this bill, the Department of Safety estimates system programming costs of approximately $504,000 in FY 2020.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Safety

 

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Public Works and Highways HJ 3 P. 18
Feb. 6, 2019 Public Hearing: 02/06/2019 01:15 pm LOB 201-203
Feb. 13, 2019 Executive Session: 02/13/2019 10:30 am LOB 201
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 20-0; RC)
Feb. 27, 2019 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/27/2019 (Vote 20-0; RC) HC 13 P. 23
Feb. 28, 2019 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/28/2019 HJ 7 P. 13

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 6, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 13, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 27, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB510 Revision: 4793 Date: Jan. 15, 2019, 11:38 a.m.