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CSHB 64(FIN)(efd am): "An Act relating to permanent motor vehicle registration; relating to the registration fee for noncommercial trailers and to the motor vehicle tax for trailers; and providing for an effective date."

00                     CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 64(FIN)(efd am)                                                               
01 "An Act relating to permanent motor vehicle registration; relating to the registration fee                              
02 for noncommercial trailers and to the motor vehicle tax for trailers; and providing for                                 
03 an effective date."                                                                                                     
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1. AS 28.10.108(a) is amended to read:                                                                   
06            (a)  Except for a vehicle registered under AS 28.10.152 or 28.10.155, a vehicle                          
07       required to be registered under this chapter shall be registered under the procedures set                         
08       out in this section.                                                                                              
09    * Sec. 2. AS 28.10 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                     
10            Sec. 28.10.155. Permanent motor vehicle registration. (a) The owner of a                                   
11       motor vehicle, other than a commercial motor vehicle, that is required to be registered                           
12       under this chapter may elect to permanently register the motor vehicle in lieu of                                 
13       registration under AS 28.10.108 if the vehicle is at least eight years old. The                                   
14       permanent registration expires when the owner transfers or assigns the owner's title or                           
01       interest in the vehicle. A permanent registration may not be renewed. On receiving the                            
02       proper application and fees, the department shall issue to the registered owner                                   
03       registration plates, tabs, and a permanent registration form.                                                     
04            (b)  The fees for permanent registration must equal the fees that would be                                   
05       applicable if the motor vehicle were registered under AS 28.10.108, plus a permanent                              
06       registration fee of $25. The motor vehicle registration tax for a permanently registered                          
07       vehicle is the rate established for permanent motor vehicle registration under                                    
08       AS 28.10.431(j)(2).  If a municipality has not established a tax for a permanently                                
09       registered motor vehicle, the biennial rate established in AS 28.10.431(b) or (j)(1), if                          
10       any, is levied upon the vehicle and is payable only once at the time a motor vehicle is                           
11       permanently registered. Except as provided in AS 28.10.423(b), the owner of a                                     
12       permanently registered motor vehicle is not required to pay other registration fees or                            
13       taxes under this chapter.                                                                                         
14    * Sec. 3. AS 28.10.411(f) is amended to read:                                                                      
15            (f)  A resident 65 years of age or older on January 1 of the year the vehicle is                             
16       registered or a resident with a disability that limits or impairs the ability to walk and                         
17       who provides proof of that disability as provided in 23 C.F.R. 1235.2 is entitled to an                           
18       exemption from the registration fee required under this section for one vehicle subject                           
19       to registration under AS 28.10.421(b)(1), (2), or (5), or (j) [(6)]. An exemption may                     
20       not be granted except upon written application for the exemption on a form prescribed                             
21       by the department.                                                                                                
22    * Sec. 4. AS 28.10.421 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
23            (j)  When a person registers a trailer not used or maintained for the                                        
24       transportation of persons or property for hire or for other commercial use, including a                           
25       boat trailer, baggage trailer, box trailer, utility trailer, house trailer, travel trailer, or                    
26       trailer rented or offered for rent, the person may choose to pay a biennial registration                          
27       fee of $30 or to permanently register the trailer. If the person permanently registers the                        
28       trailer, the person shall pay the biennial registration fee plus a permanent registration                         
29       fee of $25. If the person permanently registers the trailer, no additional registration                           
30       fees are required if the same person who initially registered the trailer continues to                            
31       own the trailer. A new owner of a trailer previously registered under this subsection                             
01       shall register and pay the biennial registration fee or the permanent registration fee as                         
02       provided in this subsection. The motor vehicle registration tax for a permanently                                 
03       registered trailer is the rate established for permanent trailer registration under                               
04       AS 28.10.431(j)(3).  If a municipality has not established a tax for a permanently                                
05       registered trailer, the biennial rate established in AS 28.10.431(b) or (j)(1), if any, is                        
06       levied upon the trailer and is payable only once at the time a trailer is permanently                             
07       registered.  If the person pays the registration tax as required by this subsection and                           
08       AS 28.10.431, no additional registration taxes are required if the same person who                                
09       initially registered the trailer continues to own the trailer.                                                    
10    * Sec. 5. AS 28.10.423 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
11            (b)  In addition to the permanent registration fee established in AS 28.10.155, a                            
12       $2 fee is imposed on the owner of each permanently registered motor vehicle required                              
13       to be inspected under an emission control program established in AS 46.14.400 or                                  
14       46.14.510. That fee shall be collected biennially.                                                                
15    * Sec. 6. AS 28.10.431(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
16            (b)  The biennial tax is levied upon motor vehicles subject to the registration                              
17       fee under AS 28.10.411 and 28.10.421 and is based upon the age of vehicles as                                     
18       determined by model year in the first year of the biennial period, according to the                               
19       following schedule:                                                                                               
20                         Tax According to Age of                                                                         
21                               Vehicle                                                                                   
22                           Since Model Year:                                                                             
23                                                             8th                                                         
24                         1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th 7th or over                                                        
25     Motor Vehicle                                                                                                       
26     (1)  motorcycle    $ 17 $ 15 $ 13 $ 10 $ 7 $ 5 $ 4      $ 4                                                         
27     (2)  vehicles specified  21 99 77   55   39   28   19   16                                                          
28      in AS 28.10.421(b)(1)                                                                                              
29     (3) vehicles specified 121 99  77   55   39   28   19   16                                                          
30      in AS 28.10.421(b)(3)                                                                                              
31     (4) vehicles specified                                                                                              
01      in AS 28.10.421(c)(1)-(4)                                                                                          
02      5,000 pounds or less  121 99  77   55   39   28   19   16                                                          
03      5,001-12,000 pounds  198 154 121   99   77   55   33   22                                                          
04      12,001-18,000 pounds  447 392 348 304 260 227 205      194                                                         
05      18,001 pounds or over  546 469 403 348 304 260 216     194                                                         
06     (5) vehicles specified  198 154 121 99   77   55   33   22                                                          
07      in AS 28.10.421(b)(4)                                                                                              
08     (6) vehicles specified 17 15   13   10   7    5    4     4                                                          
09      in AS 28.10.421(j)                                                                                             
10      [AS 28.10.421(b)(6)]                                                                                               
11     (7) vehicles specified  121 99 77   55   39   28   19   16                                                          
12      in AS 28.10.421(d)(8)                                                                                              
13     (8) vehicles specified  121 99 77   55   39   28   19   16                                                          
14      in AS 28.10.421(b)(2)                                                                                              
15     (9) vehicles eligible  88                                                                                           
16      for dealer                                                                                                         
17      plates under                                                                                                       
18      AS 28.10.421(d)(9).                                                                                                
19    * Sec. 7. AS 28.10.431(c) is amended to read:                                                                      
20            (c)  Except as provided in (m) of this section, the [THE] registration tax                               
21       shall be levied, collected, enforced and otherwise administered in the same manner as                             
22       provided for the registration fee in this chapter. Only one registration tax may be                               
23       collected with respect to the same motor vehicle in the year for which the tax is paid.                           
24    * Sec. 8. AS 28.10.431(j) is amended to read:                                                                      
25            (j)  A municipality that imposes a motor vehicle registration tax as described                               
26       under (a) of this section may also, by passage of an appropriate ordinance, (1)                               
27       increase the scheduled amount of tax described under (b) or (l) of this section, (2)                          
28       establish a tax for a motor vehicle that is permanently registered under                                      
29       AS 28.10.155, or (3) establish a tax for a trailer that is permanently registered                             
30       under AS 28.10.421(j) [BY PASSAGE OF AN APPROPRIATE ORDINANCE]. A                                             
31       municipality that chooses to change the tax imposed under (b) or (l) of this section or                       
01       establishes a tax for permanently registered motor vehicles or trailers shall file a                          
02       written notice of the change with the department by January 1 of the year preceding                               
03       the year in which the change in tax is to take effect. A municipality may not change                              
04       the amount of the tax imposed under this section more than once every two years. The                              
05       department may charge a municipality a one-time fee to cover the cost to the                                      
06       department of implementing a change under this subsection.                                                        
07    * Sec. 9. AS 28.10.431 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
08            (m) The department may not collect a registration tax established by a                                       
09       municipality under (j)(2) or (3) of this section for a permanently registered motor                               
10       vehicle or trailer if the amount of the tax is greater than $100 unless the tax is for a                          
11       motor vehicle subject to registration under AS 28.10.421(c)(3) and (4).                                           
12    * Sec. 10. AS 28.10.421(b)(6) is repealed.                                                                         
13    * Sec. 11. This Act takes effect January 1, 2013.