HB 626-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
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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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
8Jan2020... 2734h 19-0702
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] $250 plus penalty assessment for a first offense, and shall be fined [not less than $250 nor more than $1,000] $500 plus penalty assessment for a subsequent offense. In addition, the director [may] shall suspend the person's license to drive or nonresident driving privilege for a period of 30 days for a second or subsequent offense.
HB 626-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2019-2734h)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ X ] Highway [ X ] Other - Restricted - Costs of Collections*, 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, with a retroactive effective of January 1, 2020, increases the fine amounts and subsequent license suspension penalties for persons who illegally pass school buses, as well as a mandatory 30-day license suspension for second and subsequent offenses. Any additional fine revenue collected, which is indeterminable as the number of offenses cannot be estimated, would be credited to the highway fund, while additional penalty assessment revenue would be credited to the general fund (66.66%), victims’ assistance fund (16.67%), and judicial branch information technology fund (16.67%).
The Department of Safety states this bill will result in one-time expenditures of $155,000 for system reprogramming changes ($152,000) and updates the uniform fine schedule ($3,000). These costs would be incurred in either FY 2020 or FY 2021 depending on when this bill were to be signed into law. 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
|Feb. 12, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 26, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|March 6, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|Oct. 22, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|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|
|Oct. 1, 2019||Full Committee Work Session: 10/01/2019 10:00 am LOB 203|
|Oct. 8, 2019||Full Committee Work Session: 10/08/2019 10:00 am LOB 203|
|Oct. 22, 2019||Executive Session: 10/22/2019 10:00 am LOB 203|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-2734h (Vote 16-1; CC) HC 50 P. 14|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Amendment # 2019-2734h: AA VV 01/08/2020 HJ 1 P. 55|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-2734h: MA VV 01/08/2020 HJ 1 P. 55|
|March 11, 2020||Introduced 03/11/2020 and Referred to Transportation; SJ 7|
|June 16, 2020||Vacated from Committee and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020 SJ 8|
|June 16, 2020||No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8|