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SB-1646 South Coast Air Quality Management District: air pollution fee. (2007-2008)

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Senate Bill No. 1646
CHAPTER 724

An act to amend Section 40512 of the Health and Safety Code, and to amend Section 9250.11 of the Vehicle Code, relating to air pollution.

[ Approved by Governor  September 30, 2008. Filed with Secretary of State  September 30, 2008. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1646, Padilla. South Coast Air Quality Management District: air pollution fee.
Existing law, until January 1, 2010, authorizes the South Coast Air Quality Management District to impose a $1 fee on the renewal of registration of any motor vehicle in the district, and requires the district to utilize the revenues generated by the imposition of that fee to reduce air pollution from motor vehicles through the implementation of a clean-burning fuel program in that district. Existing law requires these fees to be deposited in a clean fuels and transportation control measures account, and requires that no more than 2½% of the funds in the account be used for administrative costs.
This bill would extend the authority of the district to impose the fee indefinitely, and would require that no more than 5% of the funds in the account be used for administrative purposes.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 40512 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

40512.
 (a) The south coast district board may impose a fee surcharge based on a formula associated with quantity of emissions and the effect of these emissions on ambient air quality within the south coast district to generate sufficient revenues to pay for any of its costs associated with the development and implementation of Section 40448.5.
(b) The total amount of funds collected from these surcharge fees shall not exceed five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) in each of the first two fiscal years of the development or implementation of Section 40448.5. All surcharge fees received by the south coast district pursuant to this section shall be deposited in a clean fuels and transportation control measures account that shall be established and maintained by the south coast district.
(c) In subsequent fiscal years, the total amount of funds collected from these surcharge fees shall not exceed 25 percent of the amount of fees received the previous fiscal year from registered motor vehicle owners pursuant to Section 9250.11 of the Vehicle Code. The surcharge fees received by the south coast district pursuant to this section shall be used to pay for the initial costs incurred by the Department of Motor Vehicles to implement the motor vehicle fee program established by Section 9250.11 of the Vehicle Code.
(d) All fees received by the south coast district pursuant to Section 9250.11 of the Vehicle Code shall be deposited in the clean fuels and transportation control measures account and shall be used solely for transportation and vehicular-related program activities within the program established by this section. Not more than 5 percent of the funds in the account shall be used for the south coast district’s administrative costs.

SEC. 2.

 Section 9250.11 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

9250.11.
 (a) In addition to any other fees specified in this code and the Revenue and Taxation Code, a fee of one dollar ($1) may be imposed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and shall be paid to the department, upon renewal of registration of any motor vehicle subject to Part 5 (commencing with Section 43000) of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code and registered in the south coast district, except any vehicle that is expressly exempted under this code from the payment of registration fees.
(b) Prior to imposing fees pursuant to this section, the south coast district board shall approve the imposition of the fees through the adoption of a resolution by both a majority of the district board and a majority of the district board who are elected officials. After deducting all costs incurred pursuant to this section, the department shall distribute the additional fees collected pursuant to subdivision (a) to the south coast district, which shall use the fees to reduce air pollution from motor vehicles through implementation of Sections 40448.5 and 40448.5.1 of the Health and Safety Code.
(c) Any memorandum of understanding reached between the district and a county prior to the imposition of a one dollar ($1) fee by a county shall remain in effect and govern the allocation of the funds generated in that county by that fee.
(d) The South Coast Air Quality Management District shall adopt accounting procedures to ensure that revenues from motor vehicle registration fees are not commingled with other program revenues.