Colorado Legislative Council Staff

STATE and LOCAL

FISCAL NOTE

No State General Fund Impact

State HUTF Revenue Impact

Local Revenue Impact

Drafting Number:

Prime Sponsor(s):

LLS 98-157

Rep. Mace

Date:

Bill Status:

Fiscal Analyst:

December 30, 1997

House Transportation

Scott Nachtrieb (866-4752)

 

TITLE:            CONCERNING RESTRICTING THE OCCUPANCY OF THE CARGO AREA OF A VEHICLE.


Summary of Legislation


            The bill would make it illegal for drivers to allow persons under 18 years of age and dogs to ride in the cargo area of a vehicle except in emergencies, parades, or where farm and ranch vehicles are operated within 10 miles of the address at which the vehicle is registered. The first violation would be a class B traffic infraction and a class A infraction for subsequent violations. This bill would become effective July 1, 1998.


STATE FISCAL IMPACT SUMMARY

FY 1998/99

FY 1999/2000

State Revenues

General Fund

Highway Users Tax Fund



Increased Fines



Increased Fines

State Expenditures

General Fund

Other Fund


 


 

FTE Position Change

None

None

Local Government Impact — Increased Fines



State Revenues


            The HUTF would receive between $15 to $100 in additional revenue from every class A and B citation issued by the Colorado State Patrol and local government peace officers who file citations in county court. In addition, the judicial district’s Victim and Witness Assistance Fund would also receive the $2.00 surcharge. The amount of revenue increase is expected to be minimal.


            Section 20 of Article X of the Colorado Constitution, limits the maximum annual percentage increase in state fiscal year spending. Once total state revenue from all sources that are not specifically excluded from fiscal year spending exceeds these limits for the fiscal year, the state constitution requires that the excess shall be refunded in the next fiscal year unless voters approve a revenue change as an offset. Based on the current Legislative Council economic forecast, it is projected that the state will be in a TABOR refund position during each of the next five fiscal years. Any increase in state revenue from changes in fees, fines, licenses, or other revenue sources will affect the amount of the state revenue to be refunded.


Local Government Impact


            Local governments would receive additional revenue from every citation issued by the local peace officers who file citations in municipal court. In addition, the judicial district’s Victim and Witness Assistance Fund would also receive the $2.00 surcharge. The amount of revenue increase is expected to be minimal. Local governments would also receive additional HUTF distributions from the increased fines deposited into the HUTF.


Spending Authority


            No additional spending authority would be required to implement this bill.


Departments Contacted


            Revenue          Public Safety