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AB-1608 Clean Vehicle Rebate Project and Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 10, 2012
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 08, 2012

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1608


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Wieckowski

February 07, 2012


An act to add Section 39617.8 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to air quality.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1608, as amended, Wieckowski. Clean Vehicle Rebate Project and Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.
Existing law designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with coordinating efforts to attain and maintain ambient air quality standards. Existing law generally designates the state board as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution.
This bill would require the state board in implementing the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, with funds made available by the state board, to provide rebates for the purchase of eligible light-duty vehicles from a California manufacturer, as defined, in an amount 40% 20% greater than the rebates made available for the purchase of eligible light-duty vehicles not from a California manufacturer. The bill also would require the state board in implementing the Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project, with funds made available by the state board, to provide rebates for the purchase of eligible medium- or heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles from a California manufacturer, as defined, in an amount 40% 20% greater than the rebates made available for the purchase of eligible medium- or heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles not from a California manufacturer.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 39617.8 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

39617.8.
 (a) (1) In implementing the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), with funds made available by the state board, rebates shall be made available from those funds for the purchase of eligible light-duty vehicles from a California manufacturer in an amount 40 20 percent greater than the rebates made available for the purchase of eligible light-duty vehicles not from a California manufacturer.
(2) In implementing the Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), with funds made available by the state board, rebates shall be made available from those funds for the purchase of eligible medium- or heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles from a California manufacturer in an amount 40 20 percent greater than the rebates made available for the purchase of eligible medium- or heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles not from a California manufacturer.
(b) (1) As used in this section, “California manufacturer” means any sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, corporation, or other business entity that manufactures eligible vehicles in the state and that meets either of the following criteria:
(A) The owners or policymaking officers are domiciled in the state and the permanent principal office, or place of business from which the manufacturer’s trade is directed or managed, is located in the state.
(B) A business or corporation, including those owned by, or under common control of, a corporation, that meets all of the following criteria continuously during the five years prior to selling an eligible vehicle to a rebate recipient:
(i) Owns and operates an in-state manufacturing facility that builds or manufactures eligible vehicles.
(ii) Is licensed by the state to conduct business within the state.
(iii) Employs state residents for work within the state.
(2) For the purposes of qualifying as a California manufacturer, a distribution or sales management office or facility does not qualify as a manufacturing facility.