Bill Details - HB526 (2019)

HB 526-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0293

11/01

 

HOUSE BILL 526-FN

 

AN ACT eliminating the bureau of certificate of title.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Marple, Merr. 24; Rep. Howard, Belk. 8; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17

 

COMMITTEE: Transportation

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill eliminates the bureau of certificate of title.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0293

11/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT eliminating the bureau of certificate of title.

 

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

 

1  Statement of Intent.  The general court finds that the practice of taking the certificate of origin for automobiles is an unnecessary and costly duplication of process and is in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution for the United States of America.

2  Repeal.  The following are repealed:

I.  RSA 260:24, establishing the bureau of certificate of title.

II.  RSA 260:25, relative to staff of bureau.

3  Staff.  Current employees of the bureau of certificate of title in the department of safety may be reassigned or offered transfer to other open positions in other agencies of the state.

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

 

LBAO

19-0293

1/3/19

 

HB 526-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT eliminating the bureau of certificate of title.

 

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

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Funding Source:

  [    ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other - *Restricted Cost of Collections

*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 eliminates the Bureau of Certificate of Title within the Division of Motor Vehicles and allows employees of the Bureau of Certificate of Title to be transferred.  However, this bill does not eliminate the responsibilities of the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue vehicle titles as defined in RSA 261:1 through RSA 261:31(a).  To implement this bill, the Department of Safety anticipates shifting responsibilities within the Department.  However, many variables cannot be anticipated or predicted to determine if the elimination of the Bureau and the 25 corresponding positions with an average salary and benefit cost of $64,000 would impact State expenditures.  Potential factors that may impact State expenditures include:

  • 1) Bureau employees may transfer within the Department.  The Department has 64 vacant funded positions with an average budgeted cost of $86,000 for salary and benefits.  However, employees within the Bureau might not be eligible for placement in all of the open positions identified within the Department.  For example, Bureau employees may not be eligible to transfer into open state trooper positions.
  • 2) Bureau employees may transfer to other State agencies.  All laid off employees within the Bureau would be eligible to be transferred to other open positions within state agencies, if qualified for the position and the transfer does not result in a promotion.
  • 3) Bureau employees not being transferred may result in expenditures increasing to payout the employee for accrued leave time and salary and benefit expenditures would decrease thereafter.  The Department reports the average payout for laid off employee would be $2,630 per employee, therefore the total payout liability for the 25 Bureau employees would be approximately $66,000.  Further, unemployment expenses may increase.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Safety

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Transportation HJ 3 P. 18
Jan. 29, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/29/2019 01:00 pm LOB 203
Feb. 5, 2019 Executive Session: 02/05/2019 01:00 pm LOB 203
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 20-0; CC)
Feb. 14, 2019 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/14/2019 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 11 P. 11
Feb. 14, 2019 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/14/2019 HJ 5 P. 22

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 29, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 5, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 14, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB526 Revision: 4798 Date: Jan. 15, 2019, 12:11 p.m.