2005 Regular Session
To: Judiciary A; Transportation
By: Representative Snowden
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 63-21-5, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE THE DEFINITION OF MOBILE HOME IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THAT A MOBILE HOME DESIGNATED AS REALTY ON OR BEFORE JULY 1, 1999, MAY HAVE A SECURITY INTEREST PERFECTED BY INCORPORATION IN A DEED OF TRUST; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 63-21-5, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
63-21-5. The following words and phrases when used in this chapter shall, for the purpose of this chapter, have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
(a) "State Tax Commission" shall mean the State Tax Commission of the State of Mississippi.
(b) The term "dealer" shall mean every person engaged regularly in the business of buying, selling or exchanging motor vehicles, trailers, semitrailers, trucks, tractors or other character of commercial or industrial motor vehicles in this state, and having in this state an established place of business as defined in Section 27-19-303, Mississippi Code of 1972. The term "dealer" shall also mean every person engaged regularly in the business of buying, selling or exchanging manufactured housing in this state, and licensed as a dealer of manufactured housing by the Mississippi Department of Insurance.
(c) The term "designated agent" shall mean each county tax collector in this state who may perform his duties under this chapter either personally or through any of his deputies, or such other persons as the State Tax Commission may designate. The term shall also mean those "dealers" as herein defined and/or their officers and employees and other persons who are appointed by the State Tax Commission in the manner provided in Section 63-21-13, Mississippi Code of 1972, to perform the duties of "designated agent" for the purposes of this chapter.
(d) The term "implement of husbandry" shall mean every vehicle designed and adapted exclusively for agricultural, horticultural or livestock raising operations or for lifting or carrying an implement of husbandry and in either case not subject to registration if used upon the highways.
(e) The term "vehicle identification number" shall mean the numbers and letters on a vehicle, manufactured home or mobile home designated by the manufacturer or assigned by the State Tax Commission for the purpose of identifying the vehicle, manufactured home or mobile home.
(f) The term "lien" means every kind of written lease which is substantially equivalent to an installment sale or which provides for a right of purchase; conditional sale; reservation of title; deed of trust; chattel mortgage; trust receipt; and every other written agreement or instrument of whatever kind or character whereby an interest other than absolute title is sought to be held or given on a motor vehicle, manufactured home or mobile home.
(g) The term "lienholder" shall mean any natural person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation holding a lien as herein defined on a motor vehicle, manufactured home or mobile home.
(h) The term "manufactured housing" or "manufactured home" shall mean any structure, transportable in one or more sections, which in the traveling mode, is eight (8) body feet or more in width or forty (40) body feet or more in length or, when erected on site, is three hundred twenty (320) or more square feet and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities, and includes the plumbing, heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems contained therein; except that such terms shall include any structure which meets all the requirements of this paragraph except the size requirements and with respect to which the manufacturer voluntarily files a certification required by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and complies with the standards established under the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974, 42 USCS, Section 5401.
(i) The term "manufacturer" shall mean any person regularly engaged in the business of manufacturing, constructing or assembling motor vehicles, manufactured homes or mobile homes, either within or without this state.
(j) The term "mobile home" shall mean any structure, transportable in one or more sections, which in the traveling mode, is eight (8) body feet or more in width or forty (40) body feet or more in length or, when erected on site, is three hundred twenty (320) or more square feet and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities, and includes the plumbing, heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems contained therein and manufactured prior to June 15, 1976. Any mobile home designated as realty on or before July 1, 1999, shall continue to be designated as realty so that a security interest will be made by incorporating such mobile home in a deed of trust.
(k) The term "motorcycle" shall mean every motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a farm tractor.
(l) The term "motor vehicle" shall include every automobile, motorcycle, mobile trailer, semitrailer, truck, truck tractor, trailer and every other device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a public highway which is required to have a road or bridge privilege license, except such as is moved by animal power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
(m) The term "new vehicle" shall mean a motor vehicle, manufactured home or mobile home which has never been the subject of a first sale for use.
(n) The term "used vehicle" shall mean a motor vehicle, manufactured home or mobile home that has been the subject of a first sale for use, whether within this state or elsewhere.
(o) The term "owner" shall mean a person or persons holding the legal title of a vehicle, manufactured home or mobile home; in the event a vehicle, manufactured home or mobile home is the subject of a deed of trust or a chattel mortgage or an agreement for the conditional sale or lease thereof or other like agreement, with the right of purchase upon performance of the conditions stated in the agreement and with the immediate right of possession vested in the grantor in the deed of trust, mortgagor, conditional vendee or lessee, said grantor, mortgagor, conditional vendee or lessee shall be deemed the owner for the purpose of this chapter.
(p) The term "person" shall include every natural person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation.
(q) The term "pole trailer" shall mean every vehicle without motive power designed to be drawn by another vehicle and attached to the towing vehicle by means of a reach or pole, or by being boomed or otherwise secured to the towing vehicle, and ordinarily used for transporting long or irregularly shaped loads such as poles, pipes, boats or structural members capable generally of sustaining themselves as beams between the supporting connections.
(r) The term "security agreement" shall mean a written agreement which reserves or creates a security interest.
(s) The term "security interest" shall mean an interest in a vehicle, manufactured home or mobile home reserved or created by agreement and which secures payment or performance of an obligation. The term includes the interest of a lessor under a lease intended as security. A security interest is "perfected" when it is valid against third parties generally, subject only to specific statutory exceptions.
(t) The term "special mobile equipment" shall mean every vehicle not designed or used primarily for the transportation of persons or property and only incidentally operated or moved over a highway, including, but not limited to: ditch-digging apparatus, well-boring apparatus and road construction and maintenance machinery such as asphalt spreaders, bituminous mixers, bucket loaders, tractors other than truck tractors, ditchers, leveling graders, finishing machines, motor graders, road rollers, scarifiers, earth-moving carryalls and scrapers, power shovels and draglines, and self-propelled cranes, vehicles so constructed that they exceed eight (8) feet in width and/or thirteen (13) feet six (6) inches in height, and earth-moving equipment. The term does not include house trailers, dump trucks, truck-mounted transit mixers, cranes or shovels, or other vehicles designed for the transportation of persons or property to which machinery has been attached.
(u) The term "nonresident" shall mean every person who is not a resident of this state.
(v) The term "current address" shall mean a new address different from the address shown on the application or on the certificate of title. The owner shall within thirty (30) days after his address is changed from that shown on the application or on the certificate of title notify the State Tax Commission of the change of address in the manner prescribed by the State Tax Commission.
(w) The term "odometer" shall mean an instrument for measuring and recording the actual distance a motor vehicle travels while in operation; but shall not include any auxiliary instrument designed to be reset by the operator of the motor vehicle for the purpose of recording the distance traveled on trips.
(x) The term "odometer reading" shall mean the actual cumulative distance traveled disclosed on the odometer.
(y) The term "odometer disclosure statement" shall mean a statement certified by the owner of the motor vehicle to the transferee or to the State Tax Commission as to the odometer reading.
(z) The term "mileage" shall mean actual distance that a vehicle has traveled.
(aa) The term "trailer" shall mean every vehicle other than a "pole trailer" as defined in this chapter without motive power designed to be drawn by another vehicle and attached to the towing vehicle for the purpose of hauling goods or products. The term "trailer" shall not refer to any structure, transportable in one or more sections regardless of size, when erected on site, and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities, and includes the plumbing, heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems contained therein regardless of the date of manufacture.
(bb) The term "salvage mobile home" or "salvage manufactured home" shall mean a mobile home or manufactured home for which a certificate of title has been issued that an insurance company obtains from the owner as a result of paying a total loss claim resulting from collision, fire, flood, wind or other occurrence. The term "salvage mobile home" or "salvage manufactured home" does not mean or include and is not applicable to a mobile home or manufactured home that is twenty (20) years old or older.
(cc) "Salvage certificate of title" shall mean a document issued by the State Tax Commission for a salvage mobile home or salvage manufactured home as defined in this chapter.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.