Category Archives: Motor Vehicle (HRS 249)

SB 604

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

BILL NUMBER:  SB 604

INTRODUCED BY:  NISHIHARA, INOUYE, Baker, S. Chang, Harimoto, Kidani, Wakai

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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SB 1061

SUBJECT:  MOTOR VEHICLE, Importation Fee

BILL NUMBER:  SB 1061

INTRODUCED BY:  L. THIELEN, J. KEOHOKALOLE, SHIMABUKURO, Baker

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Assesses a $10 motor vehicle importation fee for each motor vehicle that is imported into the State, paid to the county that is the final destination of the vehicle. Provides that revenue from the motor vehicle importation fee shall be expended for the disposal of abandoned vehicles.  As written, the bill may violate the Commerce Clause; however, the problem can be fixed by imposing the fee as a vehicle registration fee.

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HB 601

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

BILL NUMBER:  HB 601

INTRODUCED BY:  HASHEM, KONG, TAKAYAMA; Hashimoto

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 602; SB 109

SUBJECT:  MOTOR VEHICLE, Military Exemption to Vehicle Weight Tax

BILL NUMBER:  HB 602; SB 109

INTRODUCED BY:  HB by HASHEM, GATES, KONG, TAKAYAMA; SB by 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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SB 2714, CD-1

SUBJECT:  MOTOR VEHICLE, Exempt Lifts and Ramps for Disabled from Vehicle Weight Tax

BILL NUMBER:  SB 2714, CD-1

INTRODUCED BY: Conference Committee

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Excludes the weight of lifts and ramps, motors to operate them, and vehicle chassis reinforcements, from the determination of net weight for non-commercial vehicles for purposes of levying the state and county motor vehicle weight tax.

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SB 2714, SD-1

SUBJECT:  MOTOR VEHICLE, Exempt Lifts and Ramps for Disabled from Vehicle Weight Tax

BILL NUMBER:  SB 2714, SD-1

INTRODUCED BY: Senate Committee on Ways & Means

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Excludes the weight of lifts and ramps, motors to operate them, and vehicle chassis reinforcements, from the determination of net weight for non-commercial vehicles for purposes of levying the state and county motor vehicle weight tax.

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SB 2714; HB 2232 (Identical)

SUBJECT:  MOTOR VEHICLE, Exempt Lifts and Ramps for Disabled from Vehicle Weight Tax

BILL NUMBER:  SB 2714; HB 2232 (Identical)

INTRODUCED BY: SB by GALUTERIA, HARIMOTO, KIDANI, Baker, Inouye, K. Kahele, Nishihara, Shimabukuro, Taniguchi, Tokuda, Wakai; HB by TAKAYAMA, GATES, THIELEN

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Excludes the weight of lifts and ramps, motors to operate them, and vehicle chassis reinforcements, from the determination of net weight for non-commercial vehicles for purposes of levying the state and county motor vehicle weight tax.

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SB 1011, HB 1145 (Identical)

SUBJECT:  MOTOR VEHICLE, Vehicle Registration Fee Increase

BILL NUMBER:  SB 1011, HB 1145 (Identical)

INTRODUCED BY:  SB by Kouchi by request; HB by Souki by request

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Increases the vehicle registration fee that goes into the Highway Fund.  We suggest that some of the requested additional funding is due to inefficiency in the DOT, which needs to be addressed before taxpayers are made to dig into their wallets once again.

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SB 2714; HB 2232 (Identical)

SUBJECT:  MOTOR VEHICLE, Exempt Lifts and Ramps for Disabled from Vehicle Weight Tax

BILL NUMBER:  SB 2714; HB 2232 (Identical)

INTRODUCED BY: SB by GALUTERIA, HARIMOTO, KIDANI, Baker, Inouye, K. Kahele, Nishihara, Shimabukuro, Taniguchi, Tokuda, Wakai; HB by TAKAYAMA, GATES, THIELEN

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Excludes the weight of lifts and ramps, motors to operate them, and vehicle chassis reinforcements, from the determination of net weight for non-commercial vehicles for purposes of levying the state and county motor vehicle weight tax.

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HB 1410, SD-1

SUBJECT:  TOBACCO, TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS, MOTOR VEHICLE, Repeal Emergency Medical Services Special Fund

BILL NUMBER:  HB 1410, SD-1

INTRODUCED BY:  Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Repeals the emergency medical services special fund and the earmarks that feed it.  Program areas previously funded by this special fund will then be funded by direct appropriations which would increase transparency and accountability.

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