HB 251-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 251-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Fenton, Ches. 8
This bill requires children under the age of 2 years old to be restrained in a rear facing child restraint in 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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
9Apr2021... 0652h 21-0308
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
I-b. No person shall drive a motor vehicle on any way while carrying as a passenger a person less than 7 years of age unless such passenger is properly fastened and secured by a child restraint system which is in accordance with the safety standards approved by the United States Department of Transportation in 49 C.F.R. section 571.213. If the passenger is 57 inches or more in height, the provisions of this paragraph shall not apply. Each child restraint system must be used in accordance with its manufacturer instructions, including manufacturer height and weight limits, proper attachment to the vehicle, correct securement of the child, and expiry dates.
I-c. No person shall drive a motor vehicle on any way while carrying as a passenger a person less than 2 years of age unless such passenger is properly fastened and secured by a rear facing child restraint system which is in accordance with safety standards.
HB 251-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2021-0652h)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ X ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill modifies the requirements for child passenger restraints in a motor vehicle, to which those found guilty are subject to a violation level offense. It is not possible to estimate how many new cases may arise as a result of this change, if any, however the Judicial Branch estimates average cost of violation level cases to be $54 in FY 2022. It should be noted that average case cost estimates for FY 2022 are based on data that is more than ten years old and does not reflect changes to the courts over that same period of time or the impact these changes may have on processing the various case types. Additionally, violations of this statute carry a fine of $50 for first offense and $100 for subsequent offenses. Therefore, this bill may increase revenue to the state highway fund.
|Feb. 12, 2021||House||Hearing|
|March 5, 2021||House||Exec Session|
|April 20, 2021||Senate||Hearing|
|May 6, 2021||Senate||Floor Vote|
|May 6, 2021||Senate||Floor Vote|
|May 13, 2021||Senate||Floor Vote|
May 13, 2021: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-1229s, 05/13/2021; SC 23
May 6, 2021: Sen. Bradley Moved to Special Order to 05/13/21, RC 23Y-0N, MA; 05/06/2021; SJ 14
May 6, 2021: Sen. Sherman Moved to Remove HB 251 from the Consent Calendar; 05/06/2021; SJ 14
May 6, 2021: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-1229s, 05/06/2021; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 22
April 20, 2021: Remote Hearing: 04/20/2021, 02:00 pm; Links to join the hearing can be found in the Senate Calendar; SC 20
April 8, 2021: Introduced 04/08/2021 and Referred to Transportation; SJ 12
April 9, 2021: Reconsider (Rep. T. Smith): MF DV 143-227 04/09/2021
April 9, 2021: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2021-0652h: MA RC 198-176 04/09/2021
: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2021-0652h MA RC 198-176
April 9, 2021: Indefinitely Postpone (Rep. Belanger): MF DV 180-195 04/09/2021
: Lay on Table (Rep. Prout) MF RC 179-197
April 9, 2021: Lay on Table (Rep. Prout): MF RC 179-197 04/09/2021
April 9, 2021: Amendment # 2021-0652h: AA DV 232-137 04/09/2021
April 9, 2021: Lay on Table (Rep. Osborne): MF DV 181-188 04/09/2021
: Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-0652h (Vote 13-6; RC) HC 18 P. 61
March 5, 2021: Executive Session: 03/05/2021 11:30 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/99182085994
Feb. 12, 2021: Public Hearing: 02/12/2021 02:30 pm Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/98796113084 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.
Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Transportation HJ 2 P. 40