HB251 (2021) Detail

Requiring children under the age of 2 yearsto be restrained in a motor vehicle.


HB 251-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

9Apr2021... 0652h

2021 SESSION

21-0308

11/05

 

HOUSE BILL 251-FN

 

AN ACT requiring children under the age of 2 yearsto be restrained in a motor vehicle.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Fenton, Ches. 8

 

COMMITTEE: Transportation

 

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ANALYSIS

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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

11/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT requiring children under the age of 2 yearsto be restrained in a motor vehicle.

 

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

 

1  Rules of the Road; Child Passenger Restraints Required.  Amend RSA 265:107-a, I-b to read as follows:

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.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2022.

 

LBA

21-0308

Amended  4/19/21

 

HB 251-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2021-0652h)

 

AN ACT requiring children under the age of 2 years to be restrained in a motor vehicle.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

FY 2024

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [ X ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

METHODOLOGY:

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.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Judicial Branch

 

Links

HB251 at GenCourtMobile
HB251 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 12, 2021 House Hearing
March 5, 2021 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
April 20, 2021 Senate Hearing
May 6, 2021 Senate Floor Vote
May 6, 2021 Senate Floor Vote
May 13, 2021 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB251 Revision: 32368 Date: April 19, 2021, 1:44 p.m.
HB251 Revision: 31606 Date: Jan. 9, 2021, 4:20 p.m.

Docket


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