Senate approves vehicle registration hike

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A bill to increase the cost of registering a vehicle in Alaska was approved in the Senate on Friday.

House Bill 170 raises the registration fee for most classes of vehicles by $10 to $15 a year. It also increases title fees by $10.

The bill, which would raise more than $12 million annually, was introduced at the request of Gov. Frank Murkowski. It is part of a $113 million package of tax and fee bills Murkowski introduced this year aimed at narrowing the gap between spending and revenues.

The bill increases registration fees for cars, trucks and motor homes which are paid every two years to $100.

Biennial registration fees on motorcycles would increase to $60 and the fee for buses would increase to $300.

For motorists, it would be a $32 biennial increase for car and motor home registration fees and a $22 increase for motorcycles and buses. Also increased under the bill are registration fees for taxicabs and semitrailers.

The Senate voted 12-8 to approve the bill with all Republicans voting in favor of the measure. Voting against it were Democrat Sens. Bettye Davis of Anchorage, Johnny Ellis of Anchorage, Kim Elton of Juneau, Hollis French of Anchorage, Gretchen Guess of Anchorage, Lyman Hoffman of Bethel, Georgianna Lincoln of Rampart and Donny Olson of Nome.

The House approved the measure April 28 by a vote of 23-17. The measure could come up for another vote in the Senate before being sent to the governor for consideration.

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