SB68 (2009) – 2009-03-12 revision

Relative to the use of state vehicles.


Status: SIGNED BY GOVERNOR (Details)
Length: 533 words.

Revisions of this bill in our system:

 HouseSenate
Public hearing:2009-04-16 11:15:00 LOB 3062009-02-10 00:00:00
Executive session:2009-05-12 13:00:00(unscheduled)
Floor vote:2009-05-20 00:00:002009-03-11 00:00:00

SB 68-FN – AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE

03/11/09 0561s

03/11/09 0743s

2009 SESSION

09-0890

08/09

SENATE BILL 68-FN

AN ACT relative to the use of state vehicles.

SPONSORS: Sen. Cilley, Dist 6; Sen. DeVries, Dist 18; Sen. Odell, Dist 8; Sen. Hassan, Dist 23; Rep. S. Price, Straf 3; Rep. Keans, Straf 1; Rep. Mann, Rock 1; Rep. Pilotte, Hills 16

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

ANALYSIS

This bill encourages more efficient use of state-owned vehicles.

This bill is a request of the department of environmental services.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03/11/09 0561s

03/11/09 0743s

09-0890

08/09

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nine

AN ACT relative to the use of state vehicles.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Use of State-Owned Passenger Automobiles. Amend RSA 21-I by inserting after section 19-f the following new section:

21-I:19-g Use of State-Owned Passenger Automobiles.

I. The department of administrative services shall determine for each 2-year budget cycle the minimum number of miles required to justify retaining a state-owned vehicle referred to as the break-even mileage. The break-even miles shall take into account operational costs, depreciation, and mileage reimbursement rates for use of personal vehicles as follows:

(a) Break-even mileage shall be calculated by summing average fixed and annual operating costs then dividing by the Internal Revenue Service reimbursement rate.

(b) Fixed costs shall include the average purchase price minus the average resale price divided by the average useful life of the vehicle. Average annual operating costs shall include: oil changes, repairs, tires, gasoline, insurance, and other miscellaneous costs, if any.

II. The department of administrative services shall make this determination by September 1st of the first year of each biennium. The break-even mileage shall only apply to vehicles in service by an agency for an entire fiscal year.

III. If state-owned passenger vehicles are assigned to a state agency and such vehicles on average are not used for travel at or above the break-even mileage requirement during such year, the director of plant and property management shall transfer a vehicle or vehicles and declare them surplus until the agency’s re-computed average passenger vehicle mileage is at or above the break-even mileage. Average vehicle mileage shall be calculated by the total miles driven by an agency’s passenger vehicles divided by the total number of passenger vehicles. An agency may within 60 days after the end of the fiscal year apply to the fiscal committee of the general court to retain such vehicle or vehicles. If such agency presents a clear and convincing case for the continued assignment of a vehicle or vehicles to the agency, the fiscal committee may permit the agency to retain a vehicle or vehicles. The director of plant and property management shall either sell or transfer the vehicle or vehicles declared to be surplus pursuant to a centralized state vehicle pool or to this section to any state agency having employees who travel more than the break-even mileage requirement as set by the department of administrative services and who are being reimbursed for travel in privately-owned vehicles. The term “agency” as used in this section includes a department, institution, board, division, and commission.

IV. All permanently assigned passenger vehicles shall be approved by the governor and council by September 30, 2009 or such vehicles shall be declared surplus and the director of plant and property management shall transfer the vehicle or vehicles to a centralized state vehicle pool.

V. The provisions of paragraph IV shall not apply to law enforcement vehicles with the exception of those vehicles assigned to staff personnel or to any vehicles acquired with 100 percent federal funds.

VI. The state website shall provide an Internet link allowing state employees and the general public to report abuse of a state vehicle.

2 Repeal. 1981, 568:11, relative to use of state-owned automobiles, is repealed.

3 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

LBAO

09-0890

01/29/09

SB 68-FN - FISCAL NOTE

AN ACT relative to the use of state vehicles.

FISCAL IMPACT:

The Department of Administrative Services and the Department of Environmental Services state this bill will decrease state expenditures by an indeterminable amount in FY 2009 and each year thereafter. This bill will have no fiscal impact on state, county, or local revenue and county or local expenditures.

METHODOLOGY:

The Department of Administrative Services states this bill allows the Department to determine the minimum number of miles required to justify the retention of a state owned vehicle, or fleet of vehicles by a state agency for each two year budget cycle. Additionally, the proposed legislation requires that state owned vehicles traveling less than the established mileage threshold be transferred to the Director of Plant and Property Management for reassignment to another agency demonstrating an adequate need.

The Department states that although savings are likely to accrue as a result of increased efficiencies in the utilization of state owned vehicles, the extent to which the anticipated savings will decrease state expenditures is indeterminable.

The Department of Environmental Services states this bill will decrease state expenditures by an indeterminable amount in FY 2009 and each year thereafter.