HB 613-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 613-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Leishman, Hills. 24; Rep. S. Newman, Hills. 29; Rep. Green, Rock. 13; Rep. Spang, Straf. 6; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13
COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs
This bill requires proof of motor vehicle liability insurance in order to register a motor vehicle.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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:
261:52 Application for Registration.
I. Application for the registration of vehicles may be made by the owner thereof by mail or otherwise to the department, upon blanks prepared by the director. In addition to such other particulars as the director may require, the application shall contain the applicant's birth date, unless the vehicle is registered in the name of a person other than a natural person, in which case the date assigned by the director shall be used as the date of birth. All applications shall contain the words: "This application is signed and any additional information is offered under penalty of unsworn falsification pursuant to RSA 641:3." The proper fee shall be deposited before the application is granted.
II. The applicant shall submit with the application proof of motor vehicle liability insurance indicating that such insurance is valid for the duration of the registration period or longer. No registration shall be issued, renewed, or transferred without adequate proof of insurance.
HB 613-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ X ] 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.
This bill requires applicants for vehicle registration provide proof of liability insurance and that no registration be issued, renewed, or transferred, without it. In order to implement this change, the Department of Safety estimates it would incur approximately $140,000 in system programming changes and testing in FY 2020. Additionally, the Department expects it could incur additional costs related to a public awareness campaign to inform the public of the change and added personnel at Division of Motor Vehicle locations to handle increased foot traffic. Municipal offices may also incur additional expenses in administering this change.
Highway Fund Revenue Impact
To the extent vehicle registrations decrease due to this change, highway fund revenue would decrease. Also, pursuant to RSA 235:23, not less than 12 percent of the total road toll and motor vehicle fee revenue collected in the previous year is distributed to municipalities as highway block grants, which means any decrease in registration revenue would generate a corresponding reduction in state highway fund expenditures and local revenues. The Department of Safety cannot estimate this bill’s impact on registration fee revenue.
General Fund Revenue Impact
This bill would likely result in additional automobile insurance premiums written. Based on data published for New Hampshire, and neighboring states with mandatory insurance requirements similar to this bill, the Insurance Department has utilized the following assumptions to calculate a potential insurance premium tax impact:
Additional Written Premiums
Additional Premium Tax
Department of Safety and Insurance Department
|Feb. 5, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 6, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 13, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|Oct. 23, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs HJ 3 P. 22|
|Feb. 5, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/05/2019 09:30 am LOB 302|
|Feb. 6, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 02/06/2019 09:30 am LOB 302|
|Feb. 6, 2019||==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/06/2019 02:00 pm LOB 302|
|Feb. 13, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 02/13/2019 10:00 am LOB 302|
|Feb. 13, 2019||==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 02/13/2019 02:00 pm LOB 302|
|Retained in Committee|
|June 25, 2019||Full Committee Work Session: 06/25/2019 10:00 am LOB 302|
|Sept. 10, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 09/10/2019 01:30 pm LOB 302|
|Oct. 1, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 10/01/2019 11:00 am LOB 302|
|Oct. 17, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 10/17/2019 01:00 pm LOB 301|
|Oct. 23, 2019||Executive Session: 10/23/2019 12:30 pm LOB 302|
|Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study (Vote 17-2; CC) HC 50 P. 4|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Removed from Consent (Rep. Bartlett) 01/08/2020 HJ 1 P. 34|
|Jan. 9, 2020||Refer for Interim Study: MA DV 274-53 01/09/2020 HJ 2 P. 55|