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2013 House Bill 1129: Raising vehicle registration fees for ferry vessel replacement
  1. Introduced by Rep. Jeff Morris, (Mt. Vernon) (D) on January 16, 2013, requires county auditors to collect an additional five dollars for each vehicle registration and renewal they process. The money is to be deposited in the capital vessel replacement account to be used for the construction or purchasing of new ferry vessels.
    • Referred to the House Transportation Committee on January 16, 2013.
      • Substitute offered in the House on April 22, 2013, adds the DOL to the entities that must collect a $5 service fee for each vehicle registration, to be deposited into the Account. The DOL and a county auditor or other agent appointed by the Director of the DOL is also required to collect a $12 service fee for each title transaction, which must also be deposited in the Account. The effective date of the bill is changed from August 1, 2013, to January 1, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Rules Committee on April 24, 2013.
  2. Received in the House on January 13, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Transportation Committee on January 13, 2014.
      • Substitute offered in the House on January 30, 2014, Requires the department of licensing and county auditors or other agents appointed by the director of the department of licensing to collect a service fee of five dollars for each initial vehicle registration and registration renewal and a service fee of twelve dollars for each certificate of title transaction processed by the department or that county auditor's or other agent's office. Directs the service fees to be deposited into the capital vessel replacement account.
    • Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 4, 2014.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Morris, (Mt. Vernon) (D) on February 12, 2014, limits the application of the twelve dollar service fee established under the act to certificate of title transactions that are processed on or after January 1, 2015. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 12, 2014.
  3. Passed 62 to 36 in the House on February 12, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  4. Received in the Senate on February 14, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on February 14, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 27, 2014.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. Jan Angel (Port Orchard) (R) on March 7, 2014, removes the provision that would allow the Legislature to transfer excess funds in the Capital Vessel Replacement Account to the Puget Sound Ferry Operations Account. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 7, 2014.
  5. Passed 41 to 8 in the Senate on March 7, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Received in the House on March 10, 2014.
  7. Passed 61 to 37 in the House on March 10, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  8. Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 27, 2014.

Comments

Re: 2013 House Bill 1129 (Raising vehicle registration fees for ferry vessel replacement)  by harrys1905 on February 20, 2013 
Always higher additional taxes, we always have to pay more. I wouldn't be surprised if the imposed more taxes for the warm weather tire care, it may sound ridiculous but at this rate apparently any tax idea can become a reality.


Re: 2013 House Bill 1129 (Raising vehicle registration fees for ferry vessel replacement)  by Lainie59 on January 22, 2013 
Remember the ferry worker's overtime pay investigation a year or so ago? Seems like some doubled or more their regular pay, bilking the taxpayer out of more money.
So the crooks that ran the old ferry system (probably union/Mafia goons) were ousted so state government could be the new crooks.

Re: 2013 House Bill 1129 (Raising vehicle registration fees for ferry vessel replacement)  by ceoiii on January 19, 2013 
As I understand it, back in the day the state took it over from the mosquito fleet due to the violence and racketeering that took place in the private sector over who ran ferries, who got to compete etc. Guess it got out of hand so the state stepped in and instead of adjudicating as they should have, saw a profit and usurped it.

Least that's the way it was explained to me - likely I have some of that wrong.

Living on Whidbey Island, we can sometimes be more dependent on the ferry so this is a little closer to home, especially since we've had to go without before. There apparently WAS money in a fund to build new ferries in this state until our esteemed governor took it for other things. Then when our ferries got beached due to safety issues, we had nothing and state gov had to panic and scramble, got us little bathtub toy ferries (keel-less lake ferries on one of the roughest runs in the state!) until they could come up with a solution for their lack of foresight.

Now apparently they want us to trust them again. Bull, I say. Balance our budget, then show you know how to manage our budget, then we'll talk about trusting you again.

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