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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 April 2019 4/20/2019
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 hobby. Most recent changes in Italics.
Special Note: the newly introduced Bills in the House and the Senate have listed the provisions for the
success of the bills getting approved. 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 (SB 1001)
Bills of Interest:
HB2319 Highway Users Revenue Fund, deals with money transfers from the fund to small cities and counties.
Sent to the Senate 2/28/2019. First Senate reading 3/4/2019 and it was referred to the Senate Appropriations
Committee which reported on the Bill on 4/2/19 and the result was to hold the Bill. Second Senate reading on
3/5/2019 does not have any results to report on.
HB2320 Reduction of the Highway Safety Fee to a flat rate not to exceed $ 18.00. Got a Due Pass, sent to the
Senate on 3/12/19. The first reading in the Senate was scheduled for 3/12, the second reading was scheduled
for 3/13, no actions, no results.
HB2318 Texting while driving; prohibition: enforcement. Transferred to the Governor 4/18/2019, Waiting for
his signature.
HB2504 Also will deal with the Highway Safety Fee that is based on your vehicle’s value. Bill was held. Second
House Reading was scheduled for 2/5/2019. No votes recorded. Probably DOA in the House.
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. The House First Reading was 3/27/2019, Passed by the House
Transportation Committee, Passed by the House Appropriations Committee on 4/4/19. The second reading
was scheduled for 2/27/2019 but no action on the Bill by the House. I don’t think this Bill will go to the
Governor until a replacement bill to reset the Highway Safety Fee at $ 18.00 is passed and signed off by the
Governor.
HB2536 will be a massive tax increase that will hurt everybody. I sent an e-mail to Transportation Committee
Chairman Noel Campbell and he replied today saying that HB2536 is dead for this year. I am sure we will see
this next January 2020.
SB1125 deals with Motor Fuel Taxes. Dead since 1/22/19, no action in the Senate. No changes.
SB1165 No texting while driving. Transferred to the House on 3/4/2019. First House Reading on 3/5 and the
Bill was transferred to the Transportation Committee. Transportation Committee meeting on 3/13/2019 Do
Pass vote approved. The Rules Committee on 4/8/19 passed the committee. The second House reading was
scheduled for 3/6/19 and since it did not finish up until 4/8/2019, I think it will be passed back to the Senate
and on its way to the Governor.
SB1332 another Bill for raising the VLT for alternative fueled vehicles. This Bill has passed the Majority Caucus
& the Minority Caucus, got a Pass vote by the COW. Transferred to the House 2/25/2019. On 3/13, the bill was
passed by the Ways & Means Committee. 3/18, the Bill was passed by the House Rules Committee. The Bill
was passed by the House Majority Caucus and the House Minority Caucus on 3/19/2019. This bill will go back
to the Senate and on its way to the Governor.
I hope that you will read it and check out the Bills yourself at azleg.gov website. Thank you for your time.
Dan Huskisson AAHC Vice President, Legislature Report
623-972-7369 azhuskisson@cox.net

 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
hobby.

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
(SB 1001).

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
$ 18.00.

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
taxes.
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
following amounts:
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
623-972-7369 azhuskisson@cox.net

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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”

Happy Reading!

Dan Huskisson

AAHC Vice President

 

 

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