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Concerning the electrification of transportation (Palumbo, Carlyle, Mullet)

Addresses the electrification of transportation with regard to: (1) Public agency acquisition of electric and alternative fuel vehicles; (2) Building and electrical codes; (3) Shared employer shuttles; and (4) Electric and alternative vehicle sales tax credits. Requires the department of commerce to establish a charge ahead Washington program to provide for charge ahead rebates to low-income and moderate-income households that voluntarily retire or scrap high-emission passenger motor vehicles and replace them with new or used light-duty zeroemission vehicles. Requires the department of revenue to convene a work group to determine how to provide awards that cover the incremental cost of alternative fuel conversions or construction. Makes the existing sales and use tax exemption permanent on certain clean alternative fuel vehicles. Creates the clean energy account.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 1ST SUBSTITUTE:
(1) Adds an effective date of when DOL must begin providing data to JLARC for the tax preference performance statement. (2) Adds an effective date when DOR must begin reviewing claims claimed. (3) Provides a cap on the Multimodal Account backfill amount for the B&O and public utility tax commercial vehicle exemptions. The amount will be limited to the exemptions provided through December 31, 2021 or an aggregate dollar limit of $33 million. The exemptions after this date or over that dollar threshold will come from the Clean Energy Account. (4) Extends the year leased vehicles can earn credits to 2050. (5) Extends the year new and leased vehicles can earn credits until 2051. Adds a public utility tax section which provides a credit for the B&O tax credit activities. (6) Provides definitions for heavy duty truck, light duty truck, and used. (7) Requires a vehicle retired under the Charge Ahead Washington Program to be delivered to a licensed vehicle wrecker. (8) Removes the new eligibility requirement that an EV must predominantly travel within the state of Washington over their usable lifetime.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 2ND SUBSTITUTE:
(1) Specifies that the sales and use tax exemption for alternative fuel vehicles will expire once the cumulative number of qualifying vehicles reaches 11,000, rather than the sooner of 7500 vehicles or June 30, 2019 under current law. (2) Caps the amount of Multimodal Transportation Account backfill to GF-S at 7500 qualifying vehicles. (3) Provides that once the cumulative number of qualifying vehicles reaches 7500 and until 10,000 qualifying vehicles is reached, the costs of the electric vehicle exemption will be borne by general fund state. (4) Provides that once the cumulative number of qualifying vehicles reaches 10,000 and until the 11,000 qualifying vehicle threshold is reached, the costs of the electric vehicle exemption will be borne by the Air Pollution Control Account. (5) Adds an emergency clause.

Hearing Date: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 -- 2:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6080&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)