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AB-126 Air Quality Improvement Program: Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 44274.6 of the Health and Safety Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 366 of the Statutes of 2018, is amended to read:

44274.6.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Low income” means a resident of the state whose household income is less than or equal to 300 percent of the federal poverty level.
(2) “Low-income communities” has the same meaning as defined in Section 39713.
(b) Under the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project established as a part of the Air Quality Improvement Program, the state board shall do both of the following:
(1) Provide outreach to low-income households and low-income communities to increase consumer awareness of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.
(2) Prioritize rebate payments to low-income applicants.
(c) Beginning January 1, 2020, under the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project established as a part of the Air Quality Improvement Program, the state board shall do the following:
(1) Increase the rebate payment by five hundred dollars ($500) for a low-income applicant for all eligible vehicle types.
(2) Only offer rebates for plug-in hybrids that have an electric range of at least 40 miles.
(3) (A) Consider, through a public process, changing the eligibility requirements to increase the number of rebates provided to all of the following:
(i) People who qualify as being low income.
(ii) People who live in low-income communities.
(iii) People who live in disadvantaged communities, as identified pursuant to Section 39711.
(iv) People who live in an air basin that is designated as being in nonattainment for any criteria air pollutant.
(B) Consider, but need not be limited to considering, when performing the requirements of subparagraph (A) all of the following:
(i) Income eligibility requirements, geographic eligibility requirements, vehicle type eligibility requirements, and vehicle cost eligibility requirements.
(ii) Impacts each eligibility requirement change could have on the cost-effectiveness of increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles operating in the state.
(iii) Whether each eligibility requirement change would further the purposes of both the existing goals of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project and the goals of subparagraph (A).
(c) (d)  This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022, and as of that date is repealed.