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2013 House Bill 4630: Increase vehicle registration taxes
  1. Introduced by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on April 25, 2013, to eliminate the current 10 percent reduction of vehicle registration (license plate) fees for a new vehicle's second, third, and fourth years of registration.
    • Referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on April 25, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on May 7, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-6) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on May 8, 2014, to adopt a version of the bill that also revises other vehicle registration tax details. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 8, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on May 8, 2014, to reduce the weight threshold of a lower registration tax imposed on trucks used to transport crops and livestock in farm operations. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 8, 2014.
  2. Passed 90 to 19 in the House on May 8, 2014, to reduce the number of separate vehicle types and categories specified in the law imposing an annual vehicle registration (license plate) tax. Reportedly the bill represents a tax increase of around $35 million per year, which would go to road funding. It is one of several bills in a House road funding package that together would increase road funding by around $500 million annually, mostly from repurposing current tax revenue and a relatively small amount from increased taxes and fees. See in particular House Bills 5459, 5477 and 5492.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 13, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Infrastructure Modernization Committee on May 13, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 21, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 21, 2014, to adopt a version of the bill that contains a much larger tax hike; see Senate-passed bill for more. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 21, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on June 11, 2014.
    • Substitute offered by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on June 11, 2014, to adopt a version of the bill that revises the proposed fees for semitrailers, pole trailers, trailer coaches and some other types of vehicle. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on June 11, 2014, to cut the registration tax on ambulances to $10. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Marleau (R) on June 11, 2014, to not increase the registration fee (tax) on trailers. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Morris Hood, III (D) on June 11, 2014, to reduce the maximum gross weight allowed for trucks by 30,000 pounds. The amendment failed 15 to 23 in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on June 11, 2014, end the current one-time $75 trailer registration tax, returning to an annual tax on trailers; those who had already paid the one-time tax would be “grandfathered” until 2020. The amendment failed 13 to 25 in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  4. Failed 18 to 20 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to eliminate the current 10 percent reduction of vehicle registration (license plate) fees for a new vehicle's second, third, and fourth years of registration. This would represent a $145 million tax increase on vehicle owners. The bill would also increase the drivers license renewal fee from $18 to $25, and increase a number of other fees on different kinds of vehicles and trailers.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on June 11, 2014, the vote by which the bill was defeated. The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
  6. Received in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on June 11, 2014, to postpone the proposed elimination of gradual reductions in the new vehicle registration tax until 2016. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
  7. Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to eliminate the current 10 percent reduction of vehicle registration (license plate) fees for a new vehicle's second, third, and fourth years of registration. This would represent a $145 million tax increase on vehicle owners, but it would not take effect until 2016. The bill would also increase the drivers license renewal fee from $18 to $25, and increase a number of other fees on different kinds of vehicles and trailers. However, with the Senate's unwillingness to pass a related $1.2 billion gas tax increase the bill's future is in question..
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  8. Received in the House on June 12, 2014.
  9. Failed 1 to 106 in the House on December 11, 2014, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill. The vote sends the measure to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  10. Received in the House on December 11, 2014.
  11. Passed 67 to 43 in the House on December 19, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  12. Received in the Senate on December 15, 2014.

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