SB 185: "An Act relating to rental vehicles; relating to vehicle rental networks; relating to liability for vehicle rental taxes; and providing for an effective date."
00 SENATE BILL NO. 185 01 "An Act relating to rental vehicles; relating to vehicle rental networks; relating to 02 liability for vehicle rental taxes; and providing for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section 05 to read: 06 SHORT TITLE. This Act may be known as the Vehicle Rental Modernization Act. 07 * Sec. 2. AS 43.52.050(a) is amended to read: 08 (a) The taxes imposed by AS 43.52.010 - 43.52.099 shall be collected and 09 paid to the department 10 (1) by the 11 (A) person who provides the leased or rented vehicle; or 12 (B) vehicle rental business that arranged or executed the 13 rental through the vehicle rental network if the rental was arranged or 14 executed through a vehicle rental network; and
01 (2) in the manner and at the times required by the department by 02 regulation. 03 * Sec. 3. AS 43.52.050 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 04 (c) In this section, "vehicle rental business" and "vehicle rental network" have 05 the meanings given in AS 45.45.459. 06 * Sec. 4. AS 45.45 is amended by adding new sections to article 8 to read: 07 Sec. 45.45.425. Vehicle rental network rentals. A vehicle rental business that 08 arranges or executes personal passenger vehicle or recreational vehicle rentals through 09 a vehicle rental network is subject to the same laws and regulations as other passenger 10 vehicle or recreational vehicle rentals, including AS 19.75.915, AS 28.10.375, 11 AS 28.35.320, AS 43.52, and AS 45.45.425 - 45.45.459. 12 Sec. 45.45.430. Electronic notice and disclosure. (a) If a vehicle rental 13 business is required to provide a notice or disclosure, the vehicle rental business may 14 deliver the notice or disclosure electronically. 15 (b) A person may accept a notice or disclosure from a vehicle rental business 16 electronically. The acceptance of a notice or disclosure is valid until the person 17 affirmatively withdraws acceptance of the notice or disclosure. 18 * Sec. 5. AS 45.45.450 is amended to read: 19 Sec. 45.45.450. Identification of cost recovery fees. If a vehicle rental [CAR] 20 business charges a cost recovery fee, the vehicle rental [CAR] business shall 21 separately identify and charge for each cost recovery fee in writing in the vehicle 22 rental [CAR] agreement. In this section, "cost recovery fee" means a vehicle licensing 23 cost recovery fee, an airport-related cost, a government tax, or a government 24 surcharge. 25 * Sec. 6. AS 45.45.455 is amended to read: 26 Sec. 45.45.455. Vehicle licensing cost recovery fee. (a) A vehicle rental 27 [CAR] business may not charge a renter a vehicle licensing cost recovery fee unless 28 the vehicle licensing cost recovery fee represents a good faith estimate by the vehicle 29 rental [CAR] business of the average daily cost to the vehicle rental [CAR] business 30 of recovering its actual total annual licensing costs in the state during a calendar year. 31 (b) If the total amount of the vehicle licensing cost recovery fees collected by
01 a vehicle rental [CAR] business during a calendar year exceeds the actual amount of 02 the vehicle rental [CAR] business's licensing costs during that calendar year, the 03 vehicle rental [CAR] business shall 04 (1) retain the excess amount; and 05 (2) adjust the good faith estimate required by (a) of this section for the 06 next calendar year so that the good faith estimate reflects the excess amount. 07 (c) In addition to the adjustment required by (b) of this section, a vehicle 08 rental [CAR] business may adjust its vehicle licensing cost recovery fee during the 09 calendar year when the excess vehicle licensing cost recovery fees are collected if the 10 vehicle licensing cost recovery fee otherwise complies with this section. 11 * Sec. 7. AS 45.45.459 is amended to read: 12 Sec. 45.45.459. Definitions. In AS 45.45.425 - 45.45.459 [AS 45.45.450 - 13 45.45.459], 14 (1) ["CAR" MEANS A MOTOR VEHICLE; 15 (2)] "licensing cost" means the cost of titling, registering, obtaining 16 license plates for, or inspection of the rental cars of a rental car business in the state; 17 (2) "passenger vehicle" has the meaning given in AS 43.52.099; 18 (3) "personal vehicle" means a motor vehicle that is owned, leased, 19 or otherwise authorized to be rented by the owner; "personal vehicle" does not 20 include a taxi, limousine, or other commercial motor vehicle for hire; 21 (4) "recreational vehicle" has the meaning given in AS 43.52.099; 22 (5) "vehicle" [(3) "MOTOR VEHICLE"] has the meaning given to 23 "motor vehicle" in AS 28.90.990; 24 (6) [(4) "RENTAL CAR BUSINESS" MEANS A PERSON WHO 25 ENGAGES IN THE BUSINESS OF RENTING CARS IN THE STATE; 26 (5)] "vehicle licensing cost recovery fee" means a fee to recover 27 licensing costs; 28 (7) "vehicle rental business" means a person who engages in the 29 business of renting a vehicle in the state or, through a vehicle rental network, 30 arranging or executing a vehicle rental in the state; 31 (8) "vehicle rental network" means a digital network that connects
01 vehicle renters to personal vehicle owners; in this paragraph, "digital network" 02 means any online-enabled application, software, website, or system offered or 03 used by a vehicle rental network company that enables the prearrangement of 04 vehicle rentals with personal vehicle owners. 05 * Sec. 8. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).