2020 General Assembly Legislation Update

March 10, 2020

Update on Legislation that Supports Alternative Fuels in the 2020 General Assembly

HB 717 – Electric vehicle rebate program working group. (Del. Reid) – Passed House and Senate. Amended to establish a working group to determine the feasibility of an electric vehicle rebate program.

HB 577 – State Pollution Control Board; implementation of low emissions vehicle program. (Del. Keam) – Failed House Appropriations committee.

This bill increases the availability of AFVs by joining 13 other CARB states in requiring auto manufacturers to offer vehicles in Virginia. The restriction of clean vehicles at dealerships is an impediment to Virginians purchasing power and our economy (Virginian’s buy from Maryland).

HB 511 – EV Chargers at state facilities. (Del. Bulova) – Passed House and Senate.

This bill enables all to better participate with EV chargers for staff and guests.

HB 1140 & HB 75 – Clean School Bus by 2030 and Electric school bus pilot program (Del. Keam and Del. Kory). HB 75 Passed House and Senate, now in Conference committee

These bills provide resources to Virginia’s public schools for the purchase of clean school buses.

SB 630 – Common interest communities; electric vehicle charging permitted. (Sen. Surovell). Passed House and Senate.

This bill empowers citizens to install their own charging stations in their homes and parking spaces.

SB 911 – $500 Penalty Blocking EV Parking (Sen. Hashmi) – Passed Senate, failed House Transportation committee.

This bill that enables local governments to better enforce EV parking.

HB 20, HB 1152 – Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; Energy Efficiency Fund. (Del Lindsey, Del. Lopez) – incorporated in HB 981 which has passed the House and Senate

These efforts join our peers with an electric power emissions trade program. Peer states such as Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York frequently use RGGI funding for clean transportation projects such as EV and EV charger rebates which qualify under GHG abatement.

HJ 131 & SJ 32 – Study; EV plan. (Del. Jones / Sen. Bell) – Both bills left in respective committees.

This bill to study the impact of electric vehicles and develop an EV Plan for Virginia.