HB1547 (2020) Detail

Eliminating fees for walking disability placards.


HB 1547 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2496

11/03

 

HOUSE BILL 1547

 

AN ACT eliminating fees for walking disability placards.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Sykes, Graf. 13

 

COMMITTEE: Transportation

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill eliminates the fee associated with applying for a walking disability placard.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2496

11/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT eliminating fees for walking disability placards.

 

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

 

1  Certificates of Title and Registration of Vehicles; Walking Disability Plates and Placards.  Amend RSA 261:88, V-VI to read as follows:

V.  Upon application [and payment of a $5 fee to cover the costs of printing and mailing,] the department shall furnish a hanging windshield placard to a person with a walking disability who satisfactorily furnishes proof of such disability to the director.  Any nonprofit agency serving a person with a walking disability may apply to the department for a hanging windshield placard.  An applicant for such placard shall furnish the director with satisfactory proof, as the director may require, that the applicant will use the placard solely for the transportation of a person with a walking disability.  The quantity of placards issued under this paragraph shall be at the discretion of the director.  This placard shall meet the standards set forth in 23 C.F.R. part 1235, appendix A.  The removable windshield placard shall be displayed in such a manner that it may be viewed from the front and rear of the vehicle by hanging it from the front windshield rearview mirror of a vehicle utilizing a parking space reserved for persons with disabilities.  When there is no rearview mirror, the placard shall be displayed on the dashboard.  A request from any nonprofit agency for a placard shall be approved by the administrator of the nonprofit agency and any other application for such a placard shall be accompanied by the certification of a licensed physician, physician assistant, podiatrist, or advanced practice registered nurse that the applicant has a walking disability as defined in paragraph I.  The placard shall expire on the date when the applicant's driver's license or nondriver's identification card expires or 5 years from the date of placard issuance in the case where no New Hampshire driver's license or nondriver's identification card exists and the expiration date shall be noted on the placard or on a sticker affixed to the placard.  The placard shall be renewed, upon application on forms provided by the director, if the director determines that the disability which necessitated the issuance of the placard continues or if the person is a veteran who has been evaluated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to be permanently and totally disabled from a service-connected disability.  Upon request of the applicant [and payment of a $5 fee to cover the costs of printing and mailing,] the director shall issue one additional placard to the applicant if the applicant does not have special license plates.

VI.  Upon the application of a person with a temporary walking disability [and payment of a $5 fee to cover the costs of printing and mailing,] the director shall issue a temporary removable windshield placard.  The placard shall comply with the standards set forth in 23 C.F.R. part 1235, appendix B.  The temporary removable windshield placard shall be displayed in such a manner that it may be viewed from the front and the rear of the vehicle by hanging it from the front windshield rearview mirror of a vehicle utilizing a parking space reserved for persons with disabilities.  When there is no rearview mirror, the placard shall be displayed on the dashboard.  Upon request [and payment of a $5 fee to cover the costs of printing and mailing,] the director shall issue one additional temporary removable windshield placard to applicants.  Application for a temporary removable windshield placard shall be accompanied by the certification of a licensed physician, physician assistant, podiatrist, or advanced practice registered nurse that the applicant has a walking disability as defined in paragraph I.  The certification shall also include the period of time that the physician, physician assistant, podiatrist, or advanced practice registered nurse determines the applicant will have the disability, which period of time shall not exceed 6 months.  The expiration date of the temporary placard shall be noted on the placard.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

HB1547 at GenCourtMobile
HB1547 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 18, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 26, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 11, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1547 Revision: 7214 Date: Dec. 3, 2019, 11:21 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Transportation HJ 1 P. 26
Feb. 18, 2020 Public Hearing: 02/18/2020 10:00 am LOB 203
Feb. 26, 2020 Executive Session: 02/26/2020 10:00 am LOB 203
March 11, 2020 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 03/11/2020 (Vote 16-3; RC) HC 10 P. 76
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 16-3; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
March 12, 2020 Ought to Pass: MA VV 03/12/2020
June 16, 2020 Introduced 06/16/2020, and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020; SJ 8
June 16, 2020 No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8