Haines' Car Bill Fails

April 01, 1992

ANNAPOLIS — For the second consecutive year, a bill sponsored by Carroll Republican Sen. Larry E. Haines that would have established a one-time registration fee for historic vehicles has been killed by the House after passing the Senate.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted 16-4 to kill the measure, which would have imposed a $35 registration fee on owners of vehicles that are at least 50 years old. Currently, owners of historic vehicles pay $13.50 annually in registration fees.

Last year, the House Judiciary Committee killed the proposal.

Several antique car buffs from Carroll testified in support of the bill in the Senate.

Haines contended that owners of historic vehicles often don't register them because of the annual fees. Since the vehicles typically are not used as daily transportation, they should be subject to different registration requirements, he argued.

The bill's chances were hurt because a fiscal analysis showed that state revenue would decline following the first year the legislation took effect.

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