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Legislation Watch

Legislation Watch | 09.26.17

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September 25, 2017

The Coalition tracked the following bills and others that affect alternative fuels and vehicles throughout the legislative session, which ended on Sept. 15. The governor must act on all bills by Oct. 15. The Legislature will reconvene on Jan. 3 for the second half of this two-year session.

AB 109 | Author: Ting

In brief: One of two bills that amends the Budget Act of 2017 to allocate $1.5 billion in cap-and-trade program money through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund.
Details: AB 109 includes provisions for rebates and incentives for clean heavy-duty vehicles.
Status: Signed into law.

AB 134 | Author: Committee on Budget

In brief: One of two bills that amends the Budget Act of 2017 to allocate $1.5 billion in cap-and-trade program money through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, including $895 million for existing programs to combat air pollution from mobile sources.
Details: AB 134 allocates $250 million to the Carl Moyer Program, $180 million to the Clean Bus and Truck Program, and $140 million to the San Pedro Bay Ports for projects that include zero-emission and near-zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles.
Status: Signed into law.

AB 302 | Author: Gipson (sponsored by the Coalition)

In brief: Gives the South Coast AQMD the authority to adopt rules and regulations requiring operators of public and commercial fleet vehicles to purchase and run zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles in the district. Read the fact sheet.
Status: Now a two-year bill.

AB 476 | Author: Gipson (sponsored by the Coalition)

In brief: Defines a heavy-duty vehicle as having a manufacturer’s maximum gross vehicle weight of 26,001 or more pounds.
Details: Existing law defines a heavy-duty vehicle as having a manufacturer’s maximum gross vehicle weight of 6,001 or more pounds.
Status: Now a two-year bill.

AB 544 | Author: Bloom

In brief: Allows drivers of high-occupancy vehicles, superlow- and ultralow-emission vehicles, partial zero-emission vehicles, or transitional zero-emission vehicles to use HOV lanes for four years after vehicle identifiers are issued.
Details: These provisions would be repealed on Sept. 30, 2025.
Status: To the governor.

AB 739 | Author: Chau (opposed by the Coalition unless amended)

In brief: Requires that by Dec. 31, 2025, at least 15 percent of all state-purchased vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,000 pounds or more be zero emission, and that by Dec. 31, 2030, at least 30 percent of those vehicles be zero emission.
Details: The Coalition requested amendments to include near-zero-emission options for heavy-duty vehicles, allowing state fleets to start reducing emissions immediately.
Status: To the governor.

AB 1073 | Author: Eduardo Garcia

In brief: Extends funding for early commercial deployment of zero- and near-zero-emission heavy-duty truck technology to Dec. 31, 2020.
Details: Existing law requires CARB to allocate, until Jan. 1, 2018, at least 20 percent of funding for a specified class of projects to support the early commercial deployment of market-ready zero- and near-zero-emission heavy-duty truck technology.
Status: To the governor.

AB 1683 | Author: Burke

In brief: Requires the Strategic Growth Council, which awards competitive grants through the Transformative Climate Communities Program, to report to the Legislature on investments made, specific projects funded, and locations selected by Jan. 1, 2019.
Status: Failed.

SB 100 | Author: De León

In brief: Revises the goals of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program to achieve the California Public Utility Commission’s 50 percent renewable resources target by Dec. 31, 2026, and its 60 percent target by Dec. 31, 2030. Also calls for zero-carbon resources to generate all electricity sold at retail by Dec. 31, 2045.
Details: The original bill included RNG as an acceptable renewable energy resource, but it was amended to specify zero-carbon only. The Coalition is working to reinstate RNG as a tool for California to achieve a 100 percent renewable portfolio.
Status: Failed.


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