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Legislation Watch

Legislation Watch | 02.13.18

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February 12, 2018

The Coalition is tracking the following bills and others that affect alternative fuels and vehicles. The Legislature reconvened on January 3; February 16 is the last day for bills to be introduced.

AB 1745 | Authors: Ting, Christina Garcia, and McCarty (opposed by the Coalition)

In brief: Starting Jan. 1, 2040, the bill prohibits the DMV from accepting applications for the original registration of any vehicles that aren’t zero emission, except those weighing 10,001 pounds or more.
Status: Referred to the Assembly Transportation Committee.

AB 1945 | Author: Garcia

In brief: This spot bill makes a nonsubstantive (and currently undefined) change to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which authorizes CARB to deposit funds collected through the use of market-based compliance mechanisms in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for appropriation by the Legislature.
Status: Read first time.

AB 1879 | Authors: Santiago and Rubio

In brief: Prevents the Public Utilities Commission from prohibiting a gas corporation from providing new natural gas service connections. This bill would take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Status: Referred to Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce.

AB 2006 | Author: Eggman

In brief: Establishes the Agricultural Worker Clean Transportation Investment Program, which would fund the deployment of near-zero-emission and zero-emission vehicles for agricultural vanpools serving disadvantaged or low-income communities.
Details: The bill authorizes CARB to fund the program from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
Status: Read first time.

AB 2008 | Author: Salas

In brief: Excludes from gross income any amount provided to a taxpayer through the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Programs to purchase new low-emission or zero-emission engines.
Status: Read first time.

AB 2061 | Author: Frazier (sponsored by the Coalition)

In brief: Authorizes a near-zero-emission or zero-emission vehicle to exceed weight limits by as much as 2,000 pounds or an amount equal to the difference between the weight of the vehicle attributable to the fueling system and that of a comparable diesel fueling system.
Status: Read first time.

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: Pending action.

SB 957 | Author: Lara

In brief: Extends high-occupancy vehicle identifiers for super-ultralow-emissions vehicles, advanced technology partial zero-emissions vehicles, and transitional zero-emissions vehicles for an additional four years if the owner’s household income meets the threshold designated as low income.
Status: Referred to the Senate Rules Committee.

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