Bill Details - SB40 (2019)

SB 40-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-1017

11/10

 

SENATE BILL 40-FN

 

AN ACT relative to online driver education.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Watters, Dist 4

 

COMMITTEE: Transportation

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill provides that no more than 15 hours of the classroom instruction for drivers' education may be satisfied through the completion of an online driver education course, and permits the commissioner to enter into contracts for assistance in developing, assisting, and conducting such an online course.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-1017

11/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to online driver education.

 

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

 

1  Drivers' Licenses; Conditions and Requirements for a License; Driver Education.  Amend RSA 263:19, I to read as follows:

I.  A driver's license may be issued subject to the provisions of this chapter to a person under the age of 18 years who has attained his or her sixteenth birthday, if such person shall present a certificate of successful completion of a driver education course given by a public or nonpublic secondary school and approved by the department of education in cooperation with the department of safety or given by a motor vehicle drivers' school licensed under the provisions of this chapter.  An approved driver education course licensed under this chapter, shall consist of not less than 30 hours of classroom instruction, not less than 10 hours of behind the wheel driver training and not less than 6 hours of observation, in accordance with rules adopted pursuant to RSA 541-A, published by the commissioner of safety, such standards to be not less than those presently required.  The classroom instruction shall include 45 minutes of a nationally-recognized motorcycle safety education course approved by the director and 45 minutes of a nationally-recognized tractor-trailer safety education and awareness course approved by the director.  No more than 15 hours of the classroom instruction may be satisfied through the completion of an online driver education course.  The commissioner may enter into contracts for assistance in developing, assisting, and conducting an online driver education course.  The department of safety, by the nature of its function, shall be held ultimately responsible for setting and maintaining the quality standards for driver education in the state.  This authority shall apply uniformly over both secondary school courses and private motor vehicle drivers' school courses.

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

 

LBAO

19-1017

1/7/19

 

SB 40-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to online driver education.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

The Legislative Budget Assistant has determined that this legislation, as introduced, has a total fiscal impact of less than $10,000 in each of the fiscal years 2020 through 2023.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Safety

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Transportation; SJ 4
Jan. 22, 2019 Hearing: 01/22/2019, Room 103, LOB, 01:45 pm; SC 7
Jan. 31, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 01/31/2019; Vote 5-0; CC SC 8
Jan. 31, 2019 Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 01/31/2019; SJ 4
March 20, 2019 Introduced 03/20/2019 and referred to Transportation
April 2, 2019 Public Hearing: 04/02/2019 10:30 am LOB 203

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 22, 2019 Senate Hearing
Jan. 31, 2019 Senate Floor Vote
April 2, 2019 House Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

SB40 Revision: 4715 Date: Jan. 14, 2019, 10:07 a.m.
SB40 Revision: 4742 Date: Jan. 14, 2019, 2:33 p.m.