EV POLICY UPDATE 2-21-22
Hello friends of Drive Electric Washington! Still no word on whether the governor’s proposed EV incentives will be added to transportation bills. Coming up this week, please see below for public hearing details, updates and information about how to participate. Happy President’s Day!
HEARINGS THIS WEEK: SB5910 – Accelerating the availability and use of renewable and electrolytic hydrogen. Sponsor Sen. Carlysle. Co-Sponsors Hawkins, Billig, Conway, Hunt, Mullet, Saldaña, and Stanford. Hearing at 8 a.m. Feb. 22 in the House Environment and Energy Committee. Executive session at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 in the House Environment and Energy Committee. Read text of substitute bill here.
SB5967 – Imposing a state climate resiliency and mitigation surcharge on large financial institutions financing the global fossil fuel industry while recognizing the financial institution industry’s efforts to address climate change. Sponsor Sen. Carlysle. Hearing at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Read text here.
SB5975 – 2002 Transportation Appropriations. Sponsor Sen. Liias. Includes appropriation of $1 million for grants for development of zero-emission aircraft, and $15 million for another hybrid electric ferry. Hearing at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 in Senate Transportation Committee. Executive session at 3 p.m. Feb. 23 in Senate Transportation Committee. Read text here.
UPDATES HB1792 – Expanding various tax exemptions for the production, distribution, and use of hydrogen made by electrolysis. Sponsors: Ramel, Orcutt, Abbarno, Fitzgibbon. Amended bill passed out of House Finance Committee Feb. 17. Read text here.
HB1793 – Creates rules for owners’ installations of charging stations in common interest communities such as condominiums, cooperative apartments, and developments with homeowners’ associations. Sponsors: Hackney, Fitzgibbon, Berry. Executive session at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 24 in the Senate Law and Justice Committee. Read text here.
HB2119 – Companion bill to SB5974. 2022 Transportation Omnibus. Sponsor Rep. Fey. Executive session at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the House Transportation Committee. Read text here.
SB5085 – Reducing EV fee for electric motorcycles. Sponsor Sen. Rolfes. Reduces the annual $150 electric vehicle registration fee to $30 for electric motorcycles. Executive session at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Read text here.
SB5974 – 2022 Transportation Omnibus. Sponsor Sen. Liias. Includes Clean Cars 2030 target. Also creates interagency council for coordinating the state’s transportation electrification efforts to ensure it’s leveraging state and federal resources to the best extent possible and to ensure zero emissions incentives, infrastructure and opportunities are available and accessible to all. Amended bill passed full Senate on Feb. 15 by a vote of 29-20. Referred to House Transportation Committee. Read text here.
HOW TO TESTIFY:
Portals for remote testimony are available online for the state House and Senate.
You also can register your position on a bill or issue, and you can call and e-mail your state senators and representatives – find your district, names and e-mail addresses at www.leg.wa.gov.
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