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New state laws include higher vehicle fees and apprenticeship tax credit

Posted: Jan 01, 2018 8:33 PM Updated:

With the start of the new year, drivers in Montana will pay more to register their vehicles.

During last year’s state legislative session, lawmakers approved increased fees to help fund the Motor Vehicle Division.

The changes came as part of a broader highway and transportation funding package.

Starting January 1, MVD will add a 3 percent administrative charge to its current fees, including vehicle registration. 

That will amount to about $6 extra to register cars, pickups and other light vehicles that are four years old or newer. The fees are lower for older vehicles.

Overall, analysts expect the 3 percent charge to raise about $5.5 million in the next 18 months.

There will be an additional $825 registration fee on light vehicles worth $125,000 or more and an $800 fee on motorhomes worth $300,000 or more.

That charge is expected to affect fewer than 1,000 vehicles statewide each year.

Also as of January 1, Montana businesses will have access to a new $750 tax credit each time they hire a worker and then offer them on-the-job training through state apprenticeship programs.

The credit will be doubled to $1,500 when the new employee is a veteran.

House Bill 308, which created the new tax credit, was among Governor Steve Bullock’s top legislative priorities during the 2017 legislative session.

Supporters say it will encourage small businesses to grow and help Montana workers, especially veterans, build valuable skills.

Here are other new bills signed into law after the 2017 legislative session took effect in whole or in part on January 1; click here to see them on the Montana Legislature website.

  • HB 103: Administrative revisions to state election laws
  • HB 120 (part): Requiring insurers to file summaries of their corporate governance
  • HB 142: Providing parity between mental and physical health
  • HB 144 (part): Changing expiration dates for auto dealers’ licenses
  • HB 145: Changes to laws for regulating annuities
  • HB 276: Changing reimbursement rules for pharmacies
  • HB 308: Apprenticeship tax credit, with increased amount for veterans
  • HB 466: Allows agricultural users to claim refund on fuel tax based on some credit or debit card purchases
  • HB 511: Changes to state income tax rules for businesses
  • HB 650 (part): Changes to Motor Vehicle Division fees, transferring Board of Crime Control from Department of Justice to Department of Corrections
  • SB 95 (part): Changes to Motor Vehicle Division fees, transferring Board of Crime Control from Department of Justice to Department of Corrections
  • SB 129: Adding dentistry to insurance coverage for telemedicine
  • SB 173: Prohibiting sale or use of deer or elk urine from areas with chronic wasting disease
  • SB 187: Prohibiting import of some animal body parts from areas with chronic wasting disease
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