General Assembly Raised Bill No. 261
January Session, 2021 LCO No. 1532
Referred to Committee on TRANSPORTATION
Introduced by:
(TRA)
AN ACT CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE DEPARTMENT
OF MOTOR VEHICLES.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General
Assembly convened:
1 Section 1. Subsection (e) of section 1-1h of the general statutes is
2 repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1,
3 2021):
4 (e) Any person who misrepresents his or her age or practices any
5 other deceit in the procurement of an identity card, or uses or exhibits
6 an identity card belonging to any other person, shall be guilty of a class
7 D misdemeanor and shall have such identity card revoked by the
8 commissioner. Prior to the issuance to such person of a new identity
9 card, such person shall pay to the commissioner a restoration fee of one
10 hundred seventy-five dollars, in addition to the application fee
11 described in subsection (a) of this section.
12 Sec. 2. Subsection (b) of section 14-11c of the general statutes is
13 repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1,
14 2021):
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15 (b) The Motor Carrier Advisory Council shall consist of the following
16 voting members: The Commissioners of Transportation, Motor
17 Vehicles, [Public Safety] Emergency Services and Public Protection,
18 Revenue Services, Economic and Community Development and Energy
19 and Environmental Protection, or their designees, and any other
20 commissioner of a state agency, or such commissioner's designee,
21 invited to participate. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or the
22 commissioner's designee shall organize and serve as chairperson of the
23 council. The council shall only make recommendations or take actions
24 by a unanimous vote of all members present and voting. The council
25 may make recommendations as the council deems appropriate to the
26 United States Congress, the Governor or the General Assembly.
27 Sec. 3. Section 14-15d of the general statutes is repealed and the
28 following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2021):
29 The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may require any person, firm
30 or corporation, who in the opinion of the commissioner is qualified and
31 who is engaged in the business of filing applications for the issuance of
32 a certificate of registration or a certificate of title for motor vehicles with
33 the Department of Motor Vehicles, to file such applications
34 electronically if the commissioner determines that such person, firm or
35 corporation files, on average, seven or more such applications each
36 month. A qualified person, firm or corporation shall, [within] not later
37 than ten days [from] after the electronic issuance of such registration,
38 submit to the commissioner an application together with all necessary
39 documents required to register the vehicle with the department. Any
40 such person, firm or corporation that fails or refuses to file such
41 application electronically upon the request of the commissioner shall
42 pay a twenty-five-dollar fee to the commissioner for each application
43 submitted. The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance
44 with the provisions of chapter 54 to implement the provisions of this
45 section.
46 Sec. 4. Subsection (b) of section 14-16 of the general statutes is
47 repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1,
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48 2021):
49 (b) If a motor vehicle is owned by one owner who is a natural person,
50 such owner may designate, in writing in a space provided on the
51 certificate of registration for such motor vehicle, a beneficiary who shall
52 assume ownership of such motor vehicle after the death of the owner
53 and upon the making of an application pursuant to this subsection. The
54 owner making such designation shall have all rights of ownership of
55 such motor vehicle during the owner's life and the beneficiary shall have
56 no rights in such motor vehicle until such time as the owner dies and an
57 application is made pursuant to this subsection. Not later than [sixty]
58 one hundred twenty days after the death of the owner, the beneficiary
59 may make application to the commissioner for the issuance of a
60 certificate of title and a certificate of registration for such motor vehicle
61 in the beneficiary's name. Such application shall be accompanied by: (1)
62 The original certificate of registration in which the beneficiary is
63 designated pursuant to this subsection; (2) a death certificate for the
64 deceased owner; (3) such proof of the beneficiary's identity as the
65 commissioner may require; (4) the transfer fee required by subsection
66 (c) of this section; and (5) any applicable fees for registration, title and
67 number plates as required under this chapter and chapter 247. If the
68 beneficiary fails to make such application within the time period
69 specified in this subsection, the beneficiary shall have no right to obtain
70 ownership of and title to such motor vehicle under this subsection after
71 the expiration of such time period. The right of the beneficiary to obtain
72 ownership of and title to such motor vehicle under this subsection shall
73 be subordinate to the rights of each lienholder whose security interest
74 in such motor vehicle is duly recorded pursuant to chapter 247. The
75 commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to
76 implement the provisions of this subsection.
77 Sec. 5. Section 14-21z of the general statutes is repealed and the
78 following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2021):
79 (a) On and after January 1, 2020, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
80 shall issue Save Our Lakes commemorative number plates of a design
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81 to enhance public awareness of the state's effort to preserve and protect
82 the state's lakes and ponds from aquatic invasive species and
83 cyanobacteria blooms. Said design shall be determined by agreement
84 between the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection
85 and the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. No use shall be made of such
86 plates except as official registration marker plates.
87 (b) (1) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall [establish, by
88 regulations adopted in accordance with chapter 54, a fee to be charged]
89 charge a fee of sixty dollars for a Save Our Lakes commemorative
90 number [plates] plate, with letters and numbers selected by the
91 commissioner, in addition to the regular fee or fees prescribed for the
92 registration of a motor vehicle. [The fee shall be for such number plates
93 with letters and numbers selected by the Commissioner of Motor
94 Vehicles. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may establish a higher
95 fee for: (1) Such number plates which contain letters in place of numbers
96 as authorized by section 14-49, in addition to the fee or fees prescribed
97 for plates issued under said section; and (2) such number plates which
98 are low number plates, in accordance with section 14-160, in addition to
99 the fee or fees prescribed for plates issued under said section. The
100 Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall establish, by regulations adopted
101 in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, an additional voluntary
102 lakes and ponds preservation donation, which shall be deposited in the
103 Connecticut Lakes and Ponds Preservation account established under
104 section 14-21aa. All fees established and collected pursuant to this
105 section shall be deposited in said account.] The commissioner shall
106 deposit fifteen dollars of such fee into an account controlled by the
107 Department of Motor Vehicles to be used for the cost of producing,
108 issuing, renewing and replacing such commemorative number plates,
109 and forty-five dollars of such fee into the Connecticut Lakes, Rivers and
110 Ponds Preservation account established under section 14-21aa, as
111 amended by this act.
112 (2) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall charge a fee of eighty
113 dollars for a Save Our Lakes commemorative number plate that (A)
114 contains letters in place of numbers as authorized by section 14-49, as
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115 amended by this act, or (B) is a low number plate in accordance with
116 section 14-160, in addition to the fee or fees prescribed for number plates
117 issued under said sections. The commissioner shall deposit fifteen
118 dollars of such fee into an account controlled by the Department of
119 Motor Vehicles to be used for the cost of producing, issuing, renewing
120 and replacing such commemorative number plates, and sixty-five
121 dollars of such fee into the Connecticut Lakes, Rivers and Ponds
122 Preservation account.
123 (c) Except as provided by subsection (d) of this section, no additional
124 renewal fee shall be charged for renewal of registration for any motor
125 vehicle bearing Save Our Lakes commemorative number plates which
126 contain letters in place of numbers, or low number plates, in excess of
127 the renewal fee for Save Our Lakes commemorative number plates with
128 letters and numbers selected by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
129 No transfer fee shall be charged for transfer of an existing registration
130 to or from a registration with Save Our Lakes commemorative number
131 plates.
132 (d) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may request an additional
133 voluntary donation of fifteen dollars at the time of registration renewal
134 for any motor vehicle bearing a Save Our Lakes commemorative
135 number plate. Five dollars of the donation may be dedicated to the
136 administrative costs of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Ten dollars
137 of such donation shall be deposited in the Connecticut Lakes, Rivers and
138 Ponds Preservation account established under section 14-21aa, as
139 amended by this act. [The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, in
140 consultation with the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental
141 Protection, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of
142 chapter 54, to establish standards and procedures for the issuance,
143 renewal and replacement of Save Our Lakes commemorative number
144 plates.]
145 Sec. 6. Section 14-21aa of the general statutes is repealed and the
146 following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2021):
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147 (a) There is established an account to be known as the "Connecticut
148 Lakes, Rivers and Ponds Preservation account". The Connecticut Lakes,
149 Rivers and Ponds Preservation account shall be a separate, nonlapsing
150 account of the General Fund. Any moneys required by law to be
151 deposited in the account shall be deposited in and credited to the
152 Connecticut Lakes, Rivers and Ponds Preservation account. The account
153 shall be available to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental
154 Protection for (1) restoration and rehabilitation of lakes, rivers and
155 ponds in the state; (2) programs of the Department of Energy and
156 Environmental Protection for the eradication of aquatic invasive species
157 and cyanobacteria blooms; (3) education and public outreach programs
158 to enhance the public's understanding of the need to protect and
159 preserve the state's lakes, rivers and ponds; (4) allocation of grants to
160 state and municipal agencies and not-for-profit organizations to
161 conduct research and to provide public education and public awareness
162 to enhance understanding and management of the natural resources of
163 the state's lakes, rivers and ponds; (5) provision of funds for all services
164 that support the protection and conservation of the state's lakes, rivers
165 and ponds; and (6) reimbursement of the Department of Motor Vehicles
166 for the cost of producing, issuing, renewing and replacing Save Our
167 Lakes commemorative number plates, including administrative
168 expenses, pursuant to section 14-21z, as amended by this act.
169 (b) The [commissioner] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental
170 Protection may receive private donations to the Connecticut Lakes,
171 Rivers and Ponds Preservation account and any such receipts shall be
172 deposited in the account.
173 (c) The [commissioner] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental
174 Protection may provide for the reproduction and marketing of the Save
175 Our Lakes commemorative number plate image for use on clothing,
176 recreational equipment, posters, mementoes, or other products or
177 programs deemed by the commissioner to be suitable as a means of
178 supporting the Connecticut Lakes, Rivers and Ponds Preservation
179 account. Any funds received by the commissioner from such marketing
180 shall be deposited in the Connecticut Lakes, Rivers and Ponds
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181 Preservation account.
182 (d) Notwithstanding any provision of this section, not less than
183 eighty per cent of any funds deposited into the Connecticut Lakes,
184 Rivers and Ponds Preservation account pursuant to section 14-21bb
185 shall be utilized for the purposes described in subdivisions (2) to (4),
186 inclusive, of subsection (a) of this section.
187 Sec. 7. Section 14-25c of the general statutes is repealed and the
188 following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2021):
189 The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall issue distinctive
190 registration marker plates to each motor vehicle, except a taxicab or
191 motor vehicle in livery service, that is used as a student transportation
192 vehicle, as defined in section 14-212. Each such registration of a student
193 transportation vehicle shall be issued for a period of one year and,
194 subject to the provisions of subsection (d) of section 14-103, may be
195 renewed by the owner, in accordance with schedules established by the
196 commissioner. The fee for such registration or for any renewal thereof
197 shall be determined as follows: (1) In the case of any such motor vehicle
198 designed as a service bus, the fee shall be one-half of the fee prescribed
199 for the registration of a service bus, in accordance with the provisions of
200 subsection (p) of section 14-49, and (2) in the case of any such motor
201 vehicle designed as a passenger motor vehicle, the fee shall be one-half
202 of the fee prescribed for the biennial registration of a [passenger]
203 combination motor vehicle or one-third of the fee prescribed for the
204 triennial registration of a [passenger] combination motor vehicle, in
205 accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of section 14-49.
206 Sec. 8. Section 14-29 of the general statutes is repealed and the
207 following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2021):
208 (a) The commissioner shall not register any motor bus, taxicab, school
209 bus, motor vehicle in livery service, student transportation vehicle or
210 service bus and no person may operate or cause to be operated upon
211 any public highway any such motor vehicle until the owner or lessee
212 thereof has procured insurance or a bond satisfactory to the
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213 commissioner [, which insurance or bond] that shall indemnify the
214 insured against any legal liability for personal injury, the death of any
215 person or property damage, which injury, death or damage may result
216 from or have been caused by the use or operation of such motor vehicle
217 described in the contract of insurance or such bond. Such insurance or
218 bond shall not be required from (1) a municipality which the
219 commissioner finds has maintained sufficient financial responsibility to
220 meet legal liability for personal injury, death or damage resulting from
221 or caused by the use or operation of a service bus owned or operated by
222 such municipality, or (2) the owner or lessee of such class of motor
223 vehicle who holds a certificate of public necessity and convenience from
224 the Department of Transportation if such owner or lessee has procured
225 from the department a certificate that the department has found that
226 such owner or lessee is of sufficient financial responsibility to meet legal
227 liability for personal injury, death or property damage resulting from or
228 caused by the use or operation of such motor vehicle. The Department
229 of Transportation may issue such certificate upon presentation of
230 evidence of financial responsibility that is satisfactory to it.
231 (b) [(1)] The amount of insurance or of such bond [which] that each
232 such vehicle owner or lessee shall carry as insurance or indemnity
233 against claims for personal injury or death and legal liability resulting
234 from damage to the property of passengers or others for any one
235 ac