SB 681-FN - AS INTRODUCED
SENATE BILL 681-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Watters, Dist 4
This bill provides for additional fines imposed on persons who drive vehicles in excess of a certain percentage of the vehicle's registered weight.
This bill is a request of the department of safety.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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 Twenty
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
V-a. Any person who shall drive or cause to be driven on the ways of this state a vehicle whose weight exceeds the total weight for which it is registered under RSA 266:18, RSA 266:18-a, or RSA 266:18-b by 15 percent or more shall be fined an additional $500 plus penalty assessment.
SB 681-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ X ] Highway [ X ] Other - Restricted - Costs of Collections/Administration*, Victims' Assistance Fund, and 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 establishes a $500 fine, plus a $120 penalty assessment (24% of fine amount), for certain motor vehicles travelling over their exceeded registered weight by 15 percent or more. The Department of Safety states in 2018 there were 732 total citations issued to commercial motor vehicle operators. It is unknown how many of these violations exceeded 15 percent, or how many violations there may be in future years, if any, therefore this bill’s impact on state revenue is indeterminable. Under current law, the $500 fine would go to the highway fund and the $120 penalty assessment would be split between the general fund (66.66%), victims’ assistance fund (16.67%), and Judicial Branch information technology fund (16.67%). The Department also expects any necessary system programming changes would be less than $10,000 (incurred in FY 2021).
Department of Safety
|Jan. 28, 2020||Senate||Hearing|
|March 5, 2020||Senate||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Transportation; SJ 2|
|Jan. 28, 2020||Hearing: 01/28/2020, Room 103, LOB, 02:15 pm; SC 3|
|March 5, 2020||Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate; Vote 5-0; CC; 03/05/2020; SC 9|
|March 5, 2020||Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 03/05/2020; SJ 5|