Category Archives: Motor Vehicle (HRS 249)

SB 2783

SUBJECT:  MOTOR VEHICLE, Halve Vehicle Registration Fees for Disabled Veterans

BILL NUMBER:  SB 2783

INTRODUCED BY:   GABBARD, Baker, Keith-Agaran, Shimabukuro, L. Thielen

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:   Reduces the annual vehicle registration fee by fifty per cent for disabled veterans who are fifty per cent or more disabled. However, there is no showing that veterans are unfairly singled out by the tax or otherwise face undue hardship, so why should the rest of us be required to pay for repairs, maintenance, and similar charges on roads they use?

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HB 2493; SB 3022

SUBJECT:  GENERAL EXCISE, Gasoline-Powered Vehicle Tax

BILL NUMBER:  HB 2493; SB 3022

INTRODUCED BY: HB by LOWEN, AQUINO, HASHIMOTO, KITAGAWA, C. LEE, MIZUNO, NAKASHIMA, OHNO, PERRUSO, TAKUMI, TARNAS, THIELEN, TODD, WILDBERGER, WOODSON, YAMANE, Morikawa, San Buenaventura; SB by KOUCHI (Introduced by request of another party)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:   Establishes a clean vehicle special fund to incentivize the purchase of vehicles that produce less carbon emissions by providing a rebate. Creates a graduated gasoline-powered vehicle tax to be paid by purchasers of a passenger car or pickup truck that is powered solely by gasoline and obtains only a certain number of miles per gallon.

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HB 601, SD-1

SUBJECT:  MOTOR VEHICLE, Exempt Disabled Veterans from Motor Vehicle Taxes

BILL NUMBER:  HB 601, SD-1

INTRODUCED BY:  Senate Committee on Ways and Means

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Disabled veterans by this bill are excused from paying all vehicle registration fees and weight taxes.  However, there is no showing that veterans are unfairly singled out by the tax or otherwise face undue hardship, so why should the rest of us be required to pay for repairs, maintenance, and similar charges on roads they use?

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HB 394, HD-1

SUBJECT:  MOTOR VEHICLE, Applies Beautification Fee to U-Drive Vehicles

BILL NUMBER:  HB 394, HD-1

INTRODUCED BY:  House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Prohibits the shipment of tobacco products, and the transport of tobacco products ordered or purchased through a remote sale, to anyone other than a licensee. Makes all provisions of the cigarette tax and tobacco tax law that relate to tobacco products applicable to e-liquid. Increases the license fee for wholesalers or dealers and the retail tobacco permit fee. Amends the taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products. Increases the excise tax for each cigarette or little cigar sold, used, or possessed by a wholesaler or dealer. Increases the excise tax on the wholesale price of each article or item of tobacco products, other than large cigars, sold by the wholesaler or dealer.  Our question is whether tax increases are an effective way to advance the social policy goals contained in this measure.

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HB 394

SUBJECT:  MOTOR VEHICLE, Applies Beautification Fee to U-Drive Vehicles

BILL NUMBER:  HB 394

INTRODUCED BY:  HASHIMOTO, DECOITE, ELI, HOLT, ICHIYAMA, KITAGAWA, D. KOBAYASHI, B. KOBAYASHI, MATAYOSHI, NAKAMURA, QUINLAN, TODD, WILDBERGER, YAMASHITA, McKelvey, San Buenaventura

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Prohibits the shipment of tobacco products, and the transport of tobacco products ordered or purchased through a remote sale, to anyone other than a licensee. Makes all provisions of the cigarette tax and tobacco tax law that relate to tobacco products applicable to e-liquid. Increases the license fee for wholesalers or dealers and the retail tobacco permit fee. Amends the taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products. Increases the excise tax for each cigarette or little cigar sold, used, or possessed by a wholesaler or dealer. Increases the excise tax on the wholesale price of each article or item of tobacco products, other than large cigars, sold by the wholesaler or dealer.  Our question is whether tax increases are an effective way to advance the social policy goals contained in this measure.

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SB 603

SUBJECT:  MOTOR VEHICLE, Military Exemption to Vehicle Weight Tax

BILL NUMBER:  SB 603

INTRODUCED BY:  NISHIHARA, Baker, S. Chang

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Active duty military personnel this bill are excused from paying vehicle weight taxes.  However, there is no showing that military personnel are unfairly singled out by the tax or otherwise face undue hardship, so why should the rest of us be required to pay for repairs, maintenance, and similar charges on roads they use?

There also may be a constitutional problem because, as amended, the exemption is available to Hawaii residents and is not available to out-of-state residents.  This may violate the Privileges and Immunities Clause.

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