An Act To Provide Revenue To Fix and Rebuild Maine's Infrastructure
Sec. 1. 23 MRSA §1651, as amended by PL 1971, c. 593, §22, is further amended to read:
§ 1651. Highway Fund established; purpose; revenue
To provide funds for the construction of state, state aid and town ways, for the maintenance of state and state aid highways, and interstate, intrastate and international bridges, and for other items of expenditure specified, there is established a fund to be known as the General Highway Fund. This fund shall must include all fees received from the registration of motor vehicles and licensing of operators thereof , ; all fees accruing to the Treasurer of State under Title 25, section 1502 , ; the receipts from the tax on internal combustion engine fuels , ; 10% of the receipts from the sales and use tax imposed on transportation-related items pursuant to Title 36, section 1966; the surcharge imposed on registrations of hybrid motor vehicles pursuant to Title 29-A, section 501, subsection 1-A, battery-electric motor vehicles pursuant to Title 29-A, section 501, subsection 13 and hydrogen fuel cell motor vehicles pursuant to Title 29-A, section 501, subsection 14; and all sums received on account of the department for permits to open highways, or from other sources, the disposition of which is not otherwise designated by law. After payment from said General the Highway Fund of such sums for interest and retirement as are necessary to meet the provisions of bond issues for state highway and bridge construction, the remainder of said the fund shall must be segregated, apportioned and expended as provided by the Legislature.
Sec. 2. 29-A MRSA §101, sub-§8-B is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. 29-A MRSA §101, sub-§§27-B and 27-C are enacted to read:
Sec. 4. 29-A MRSA §462, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 and affected by Pt. B, §5, is amended to read:
Sec. 5. 29-A MRSA §501, sub-§1-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 6. 29-A MRSA §501, sub-§§13 and 14 are enacted to read:
Sec. 7. 29-A MRSA §502, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 and affected by Pt. B, §5, is amended to read:
Sec. 8. 29-A MRSA §511, sub-§4, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 513, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 9. 29-A MRSA §603, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2007, c. 647, §4 and affected by §8 and amended by c. 703, §§16 to 20, is further amended to read:
Beginning July 1, 2009, $10 of the fee must be transferred on a quarterly basis by the Treasurer of State to the TransCap Trust Fund established by Title 30-A, section 6006-G.
For a person who possesses a trailer or semitrailer registration pursuant to section 512, subsection 3, the fee is $18 $28.
Sec. 10. 29-A MRSA §1307, sub-§§1 to 3, as amended by PL 2013, c. 381, Pt. B, §17, are further amended to read:
Sec. 11. 29-A MRSA §1307, sub-§4, as amended by PL 2015, c. 206, §6, is further amended to read:
Sec. 12. 29-A MRSA §1405, sub-§3, as repealed and replaced by PL 2015, c. 206, §7, is amended to read:
Sec. 13. 29-A MRSA §1410, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2013, c. 51, §6, is further amended to read:
Sec. 14. 36 MRSA §1966 is enacted to read:
§ 1966. Transfer to Highway Fund
By the 20th day of each month, the assessor shall notify the State Controller and the Treasurer of State of the amount of revenue attributable to the tax collected under this Part in the previous month on sales of transportation-related items, reduced by the transfer to the Local Government Fund required by Title 30-A, section 5681. When notified by the assessor, the State Controller shall transfer 10% of that amount to the Highway Fund. As used in this section, "transportation-related items" means motor vehicles and products for the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles, including, but not limited to, tires, batteries and motor oil.
The assessor shall adopt routine technical rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A to implement this section.
Sec. 15. 36 MRSA §2903, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 240, §24, is further amended to read:
This bill does the following for the purpose of increasing the revenue to the Highway Fund.
1. It increases by $3 to $10 certain fees charged by the Secretary of State for driver’s license examinations, temporary license plates, nondriver identification cards, issuance of duplicate registrations, titles, licenses and nondriver identification cards and transfers of registrations.
2. It imposes a $200 surcharge, dedicated to the Highway Fund, on the registration of hybrid motor vehicles, battery-electric motor vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell motor vehicles.
3. It requires 10% of the sales tax imposed on transportation-related items, such as motor vehicles and the products for the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles, such as motor oil, batteries and tires, to be transferred to the Highway Fund on a monthly basis.
4. It increases the tax imposed on motor vehicle fuel by 7¢ per gallon, to 36.5¢ per gallon, beginning October 1, 2017.