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New Montana laws for 2018 include higher vehicle fees, apprenticeship and veteran tax credit

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HELENA - With the start of the new year, drivers in Montana will be paying 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 Jan. 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 Jan. 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 Gov. 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.

All together, 14 bills signed into law after the 2017 legislative session took effect in whole or in part on Jan. 1. Here is a full list of the new laws:

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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