HB 640-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 640-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Goley, Hills. 8
COMMITTEE: Fish and Game and Marine Resources
This bill establishes an annual registration fee for canoes and kayaks.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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:
II. [Canoes, kayaks,] Rowboats, sailboats under 20 feet in length, and sailboards [and sailing canoes].
I-a. "Canoe" means a narrow, lightweight boat with its sides meeting in a sharp edge at each end propelled with one or more paddles. "Canoe" shall include a sailing canoe. A "kayak" is a small, narrow watercraft which is propelled with a double-bladed paddle.
I. Sailboats under 12 feet in length, rowboats [and canoes] powered by sail, oars, paddles, or other human power, or canoes or kayaks launched solely from private boat launches. Any vessel which has an inboard or outboard motor shall not be exempt from registration except as provided in paragraph II.
I. The registration fees for commercial, private, and pleasure vessels, including rentals and airboats, but excluding canoes and kayaks, shall be as follows:
270-E:5-a Registration Fees for Canoes and Kayaks. The annual registration fee for a canoe or kayak that launches from a public boat launch shall be $10.
270-E:7 Disposition of Revenues.
I. Except as provided in [paragraph II] paragraphs II and III, all fines collected under this chapter and the amount of fees generated by RSA 270-E:5, I and III shall be deposited in the navigation safety fund established under RSA 270-E:6-a.
II. All fees collected under RSA 270-E:5, I and III for vessels registered for tidal and coastal waters shall be made available to the Pease development authority, division of ports and harbors for the purposes of safety, navigation, training, and administration. Such sums shall be nonlapsing and shall be continually appropriated to the Pease development authority, division of ports and harbors.
III. From each registration required under RSA 270-E:5-a which is processed by an authorized agent of the department who is not an employee of the department, $3 shall be collected and retained by the authorized agent as compensation for processing the registration. The remainder of the registration fee required under RSA 270-E:5-a, and all fines relating to the registration or operation of a canoe or kayak, shall be collected and disposed of as follows:
(a) Fifty percent shall be credited to the statewide public boat access fund established in RSA 233-A:13; and
(b) Fifty percent shall be credited to the lake restoration and preservation fund established in RSA 487:25.
(h) A sailboat under 20 feet in length[, or any vessel that is only powered by oars or paddles]. Any vessel which has an inboard or outboard motor shall not be exempt from displaying a number except as otherwise provided in this section.
233-A:13 Statewide Public Boat Access Fund Established. There is hereby established a nonlapsing statewide public boat access fund. The $5 boat registration surcharge collected pursuant to RSA 270-E:5, II(d), the additional fees collected pursuant to RSA 270-E:7, III for each canoe and kayak, and any other public access funds donated to the state shall be placed in this fund. All funds received under this section are continually appropriated to the fish and game department for the purposes of the statewide public boat access program established under this chapter.
I. The fee of $9.50 collected under the provisions of RSA 270-E:5, II(a), and the fees collected pursuant to RSA 270-E:7, III, shall be paid to the director of the division of motor vehicles. The director of the division of motor vehicles shall pay over said fee to the state treasurer who shall keep the fee in a special fund to be expended by the department of environmental services. The department shall use $.50 of the fee for lake restoration and preservation measures, exclusive of exotic aquatic weed control, $5 of the fee for the control of exotic aquatic weeds, and $4 of the fee for the milfoil and other exotic aquatic plants prevention program. The department shall deposit the $4 into a special account within the lake restoration and preservation fund which shall be used to administer the milfoil and other exotic aquatic plants prevention program. The special fund shall be nonlapsing. All funds received under this section are continually appropriated to the department for the purposes of this subdivision.
HB 640-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Navigation Safety Fund, Statewide Public Boat Access Fund, & Lake Restoration & Preservation Fund
This bill establishes a $10 annual registration fee for canoes and kayaks launched from public boat launches. Of the $10 fee, authorized agents with the Department of Safety processing the registration may retain $3. The remaining amounts and any related fines shall be deposited as follows: 50 percent credited to the statewide public boat access fund and 50 percent credited to the lake restoration and preservation fund. Since no method exists to determine how many kayaks or canoes currently use New Hampshire public boat launches and would require registration under this bill, state and local revenues and expenditures will be impacted by an indeterminable amount.
The Department of Safety estimates the following costs due to this legislation:
Estimated Cost Of CTO I Position
Salary & Benefits (Step 1)
This bill does not include an appropriation for the additional costs, therefore the Department estimates the navigation safety fund will primarily fund the increased expenditures required to implement this bill.
This bill could also result in an increase in municipal staffing, if municipalities determined increased registrations warranted an increase in staffing.
Department of Safety and Fish and Game Department
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Fish and Game and Marine Resources HJ 3 P. 23|
|Feb. 5, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/05/2019 01:30 pm LOB 206-208|
|Feb. 12, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 02/12/2019 09:00 am LOB 307|
|Feb. 12, 2019||Executive Session: 02/12/2019 10:00 am LOB 307|
|Retained in Committee|
|Feb. 5, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 12, 2019||House||Exec Session|