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Published on Friday, February 22, 2013

Conversion of vehicle fleets to use alternative fuels

SB 5099, which provides more reasonable and definitive guidelines for the alternative vehicle fuel mandate facing down cities in 2018, passed out of the Senate on February 22 with a 46 -2 vote.

After discussions with the Inslee administration, amendments were made that protect the interests of the state while still protecting the core issues important to cities. These changes have also brought the environmental community to a neutral position on the proposal and set us up well going into the next phase of session. Sen. Rivers has done a great job bringing the stakeholders to the table and we appreciate her leadership.

Changes include:

  • Establishing a multi-party rulemaking advisory committee to work with the Department of Commerce to develop “practicability” rules.
  • Retaining language that ensures we do not have to replace vehicles before the end of their useful life.
  • Providing a new local option to exempt police, fire, utility, or other emergency vehicles.