HB 626-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 626-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Josephson, Graf. 11; Rep. Diggs, Graf. 16; Rep. Dontonville, Graf. 10
This bill updates the penalties imposed for illegally overtaking or passing a school bus.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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:
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 nor more than] $1,000 for a subsequent offense. In addition, the director may suspend the person's license to drive or nonresident driving privilege for a period of 30 days for a [second or subsequent] first offense and 90 days for a subsequent offense.
HB 626-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ X ] Highway [ X ] Other - Restricted - Cost of Collections*, Restricted - Plea-By-Mail, 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.
This bill increases the fine amounts and subsequent license suspension penalties 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 in FY 2020 by an indeterminable amount due to reprogramming changes needed to update the uniform fine schedule. State expenditures may also increase by an indeterminable amount each year relative to costs associated with hearing requests, and notification of suspensions and restoration of driving privileges.
Department of Safety and Judicial Branch
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Transportation HJ 3 P. 22|
|Feb. 12, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/12/2019 11:30 am LOB 203|
|Feb. 26, 2019||==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/26/2019 02:00 pm LOB 203|
|March 6, 2019||==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 03/06/2019 02:00 pm LOB 201-203|
|Retained in Committee|
|Feb. 12, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 26, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|March 6, 2019||House||Exec Session|