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The Arizona State Legislature will be returning to work. As the bills that impact auto hobbyists work their way through the House & Senate we will post information and status.
Our Latest Update:
Legislature Report for
February 2019 2/6/2019
The Arizona State Legislature is in session. There are many
bills in the House and in the Senate that we are concerned about for the
Special Note: the newly introduced Bills in the House and the Senate
have listed the provisions for the success of the bills getting approved.
A) This is a tax and to be approved, it must pass a Committee
hearing with a 2/3 vote of either the House (HB 2319) and/or the Senate
Bills of Interest:
HB2319 Highway Users Revenue Fund, deals with money transfers from the
fund to small cities and counties.
HB2320 Reduction of the Highway Safety Fee to a flat rate not to exceed
HB2019 Repeal the Highway Safety Fee. Representative Jay Lawrence of
Scottsdale, who voted for the HB2166 that gave us the $32
fee, introduced this bill and as of Tuesday, 15 JAN 2019, he changed his
mind, said it was dead and closed the folder on his bill.
HB2440 Highway Safety Fee repeal.
HB2497 Single Use Plastic, fees paid to use these items, portion of the
fee upon return for recycling. Bookkeeping on the fees and deposit
returns would be a nightmare. Hello California?
HB2504 Also will deal with the Highway Safety Fee that is based on your
vehicle’s value and that is to be determined by the Director annually
for each fiscal year, will require a 2/3 vote in the House and in the
Senate. Since your vehicle registration fee is based on your car’s value
and is a VLT (Vehicle License Tax) The Highway Safety Fee (it is another
TAX) and it too will be based on the vehicle’s value
HB2246 The ever- present motorcycle helmet law that will allow you to
pay $500 to the state ($200) to the HURF and $300 to a Spinal Injury
Fund, and then
you can ride without a helmet. Also, of interest, the Director of the
ADOT has direction over the use of the funds generated.
SB1001 Repeal the Highway Safety Fee. This the first step to repeal the
Highway Safety Fee so various new House Bills can start the process all
over and establish a budget for DPS and the funds generated for DPS will
be paid out of the Arizona State General fund. Make no mistake, we ARE
going to pay more no matter what else happens.
BWTM: but wait there is more……………..
HB2536 will be a massive tax increase that will hurt everybody. In order
to have the money to pay for DPS out of the Arizona General Fund, the
state has to come up with more taxes. Here it is and you will not like
it. The state gas excise tax, since 1991, has remained at $0.18 per
gallon. This bill will increase the gas excise tax for fiscal year
2019-2020 to $.28 per gallon with another increase in fiscal year
2020-2021 to $.38 per gallon with another increase in fiscal year
2021-2022 to $.43 per gallon. And that is not the end of it. For fiscal
year 2023 and each year thereafter, the gas excise tax will be adjusted
to reflect the change in the Gross Domestic Product Implicit Price
Deflator, cost of living price increase. This is the deal for gas excise
If you own a vehicle that uses natural gas, the excise tax by fiscal
year will be $.19, then $.25 then $.28 according to the fiscal year. Use
propane? You will pay $.23 then $.30 and then $.34 per gallon until the
Cost of Living index kicks in for the year 2022-2023. There will be
another charge for propane or natural gas users but that is quite long
and complicated for inclusion in this article.
ELECTRIC and HYBRID VEHICLES TAX
For a vehicle that is propelled only by electricity, you will pay the
1) Fiscal year 2019-2020, $130 per year
2) Fiscal year 2020-2021, $175 per year
3) Fiscal year 2021-2022, $198 per year
Then the Cost of Living Index will kick in 2022-2023.
HYBRID VEHICLES TAX a combination of gas, gasoline and electricity
1) Fiscal year 2019-2020, $52 per year
2) Fiscal year 2020-2021, $70 per year
3) Fiscal year 2021-2022, $80 per year
For Fiscal year, 2022-2023, the Cost of living index will also get you too.
SB1125 deals with Motor Fuel Taxes.
SB1126 Toll Roads Conversion, prohibit changing publicly funded roads
into Toll Roads.
SB1165 No texting while driving.
SB1332 another Bill for raising the VLT for alternative fueled vehicles.
Yes, this is a long report and I hope that you will read it and check
out the Bills yourself at azleg.gov website. I may be crazy, but I am
publishing what the state has in mind for all of us. Perhaps we should
ask for an audit of the state government to find out how hard they work
to make our tax money last longer, not that I think that will ever happen.
Thank you for your time,
Dan Huskisson AAHC Vice President, Legislature Report
Arizona Legislative Report March 2018
This is my second report on the House Bills and Senate Bills up for discussion in the Arizona Legislature for 2018. The House has of today, 650 Bills under consideration and the Senate has 550 Bills for discussion.
HB2166 Vehicle Fees, Alternative Fuels VLT. This Bill is being created to raise money to fully fund our DPS Budget. From this funding for DPS, the DPS will not receive any funds from the State General Fund or the HURF fund which is raised by the State Fuel Tax. This is called a Highway Safety Fee that will be added on to your registration fees. On 2/20/2018, this Bill was passed by the House and transferred to the Senate for their approval on 2/21/2018.
HB2208 Photo Radar Prohibition. Basically, this bill lets the Police handle all violations on the streets & highways of Arizona. It prohibits any city or county from installing Photo Radar units in the state. This Bill was passed by the House on 2/08/2018 and passed onto the Senate on 2/08/2018. The Senate did their first reading on 2/15/2018 with no actions on the Bill, the second reading of the Bill was on 2/19/2018 but no further information exists on this Bill.
HB2348 Vehicle Emissions: California Standards. The House did a first reading of the Bill with no results. A second reading was supposed to occur on 1/22/2018 but nothing happened. I think this Bill to adopt the California rules for emissions is done for this session.
HB2370 Taxpayer Financing: Sports Stadiums This Bill would have prevented any of the funds controlled by the State, County or City from being used to pay for any Professional sports stadiums. The House read this Bill on 1/17/2018 with no resulting vote. The second reading was to be done on 1/18/2018. No results, this may be dead for this session.
HB2400 Traffic Tickets, Service, Photo Radar. This Bill required the hand delivery of the violation complaint, ID the actual driver involved in the violation. The House completed the first reading on 2/13/2018. A second reading on 1/22/2018 had no results. This Bill is dead for this session.
HB2599 Save Our Public Highways. Representative Kevin Payne introduced his bill again from last year. The House had a first reading on 2/06/2018 with no results. The second reading was set for 2/07/2018 and was not held. I’m afraid this is the end of our efforts for this year.
SB1007 &1015 This would permit motorcycles to split lanes while riding in traffic. The Senate had its first reading of the Bill on 1/08/2018 with no results. A second reading scheduled for 1/09/2018 shows the meeting was not held and no vote taken. This Bill is dead for this session.
SB1075 Minimum Limits for Vehicle Liability Insurance. This Bill was passed by only half of the Senators voting. It was sent to the House on 2/20/2018. The House had its first reading on 2/27/2018 with no results or votes taken. The second House reading was supposed to be done on 2/28/2018 with no results.
SB1110 Photo Radar: Review; Policy. This Bill provides that if you receive a violation notice from a Photo Radar company, you are not required to ID the driver or respond to notice of violation. The Senate passed this Bill on 2/01/2018 and transmitted it to the House on 2/01/2018. The first reading was passed on 2/19/2018, the second reading was scheduled for 2/20 with no results but on 3/08/2018, the House Majority Caucus and the House Minority Caucus voted “yes”. So far, this Bill has a chance of being passed into law if the Governor will sign it.
SB1137 Recreational Vehicle VLT Reduction. This Bill seems to raise all the tax rates charged by the state, county, city and the Highway users fund. A first reading on 1/11/2018 produced no results and the second reading was scheduled for 1/17/2018 but not held. This Bill may be dead for this session.
SB1200 Transportation Revisions. This Bill seems to be about safety regulations for trucks using red flags, the width of roads, limits on street parking. Passed by the Senate on 2/05/2018 and sent to the House on 2/19/2018, it was passed. A second reading in the House was set for 2/20/2018 with nothing done. The House Majority & the Minority Caucus agreed with the Bill. That is where it stands as of 3/06/2018.
SB1232 Save Our Publicly Funded Highways, Prohibition of Toll Roads. Sponsored by Senator Juan Mendez who last year sponsored SB1505. That bill was ignored by Senator Bob Worsley who refused to even have the Bill read. Not for any discussion. Well, nothing has changed for this year. The first reading produced no votes, the second reading, to be held on 1/22/2018 was not held. No votes, Senator Mendez’s efforts were dismissed by the chairman of the Senate Transportation and Technology Committee again. This Bill is dead.
HB2160 Unsafe Vehicle Tires: Use: Sale. This Bill is dead for this year. I think that it failed to move on because there was no age definition of the tire’s age otherwise it seems to have failed for the same reasons it failed last year.
Tell me if you find out about something that should be a concern to the AAHC.
AAHC Vice President
For more information &/or confusion, please go to the Arizona State Legislature page on the web at;
www.azleg.gov select the column under “Bills” then select “Bill Info”
AAHC Vice President
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