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AB-2506 State vehicle fleet: near-zero-emission vehicles.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/19/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 19, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 02, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2506


Introduced by Assembly Member Burke
(Coauthor: Assembly Member O’Donnell)
(Coauthor: Senator Dodd)

February 14, 2018


An act to amend add Section 25722.11 of 25722.12 to the Public Resources Code, relating to public resources.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2506, as amended, Burke. State vehicle fleet: near-zero-emission vehicles.
Existing law, except as provided, requires, beginning December 31, 2025, at least 15% of newly purchased vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,000 pounds or more purchased by the Department of General Services and other state entities for the state fleet to be zero emission, and beginning December 31, 2030, at least 30% of those vehicles to be zero emission.
This bill would additionally require, beginning January 1, 2020, 2022, at least 30% 15% of newly purchased vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,000 pounds or more purchased by the department and other state entities for the state fleet to be near-zero emission, as defined. fueled by renewable natural gas that furthers the state’s air quality improvement goals, as specified. The bill, if the department finds in a public hearing on or after January 1, 2023, that it cannot meet the needs of the state while meeting this requirement, would require the department to disclose this finding at the hearing and to the Legislature. The bill would require the department, upon disclosure of this finding, to take certain steps to address the issues preventing the department and other state agencies from meeting this state fleet requirement. The bill, after a specified time period and if the department finds in a public hearing that it still cannot meet the needs of the state after taking those steps, would require the department to disclose this finding at the hearing and to the Legislature. The bill would provide that the requirement would be inoperative on the latter date on which the department notifies the Legislature.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 25722.12 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

25722.12.
 (a) Beginning January 1, 2022, at least 15 percent of newly purchased vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,000 pounds or more purchased by the Department of General Services and other state entities for the state fleet shall be fueled by renewable natural gas that furthers the state’s air quality improvement goals.
(b) This section does not apply to vehicles that have special performance requirements necessary for the protection of public safety, as defined by the Department of General Services.
(c) If, on or after January 1, 2023, the Department of General Services, in a public hearing, finds that it cannot meet the needs of the state while meeting the requirements of this section, whether in whole or in part, the department shall disclose that finding at the hearing and shall notify the Legislature of the finding in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(d) Upon disclosure of a finding pursuant to subdivision (c), the Department of General Services shall take the following steps:
(1) While meeting the requirements of this section to the maximum extent practicable, the department, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board, shall conduct a technological assessment of renewable natural gas fueling technology for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,000 pounds or more. The technological assessment shall include a plan to address the issues preventing the department and other state entities from meeting the requirements of this section.
(2) The department shall implement the plan developed pursuant to paragraph (1) for a period of at least one year.
(3) If, after the one-year period specified in paragraph (2), the department, in a public hearing, finds that it still cannot meet the needs of the state while meeting the requirements of this section, the department shall disclose that finding at the hearing and shall notify the Legislature of the finding in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(e) This section is inoperative on the date on which the Department of General Services notifies the Legislature pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (d) and is repealed on January 1 of the following year.

SECTION 1.Section 25722.11 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:
25722.11.

(a)For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

(1)“Near-zero emission” means a vehicle that meets the voluntary low-NOx engine standards of .02 g/bhp NOx as adopted by the State Air Resources Board.

(2)“NOx” means oxides of nitrogen.

(b)(1)Beginning December 31, 2025, at least 15 percent of newly purchased vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,000 pounds or more purchased by the Department of General Services and other state entities for the state fleet shall be zero emission. Beginning December 31, 2030, at least 30 percent of newly purchased vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,000 pounds or more purchased by the Department of General Services and other state entities for the state fleet shall be zero emission.

(2)Beginning January 1, 2020, at least 30 percent of newly purchased vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,000 pounds or more purchased by the Department of General Services and other state entities for the state fleet shall be near-zero emission.

(c)This section does not apply to vehicles that have special performance requirements necessary for the protection of public safety, as defined by the Department of General Services.

(d)If, on or after December 31, 2026, the Department of General Services, in a public hearing, finds that it cannot meet the needs of the state while meeting the requirements of this section, whether in whole or in part, the department shall disclose that finding at the hearing and shall notify the Legislature of the finding in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(e)Upon disclosure of a finding pursuant to subdivision (d), the Department of General Services shall take the following steps:

(1)While meeting the requirements of this section to the maximum extent practicable, the department, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board, shall conduct a technological assessment of zero-emission vehicle technology for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,000 pounds or more. The technological assessment shall include a plan to address the issues preventing the department and other state entities from meeting the requirements of this section.

(2)The department shall implement the plan developed pursuant to paragraph (1) for a period of at least one year.

(3)If, after the one-year period specified in paragraph (2), the department, in a public hearing, finds that it still cannot meet the needs of the state while meeting the requirements of this section, the department shall disclose that finding at the hearing and shall notify the Legislature of the finding in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(f)This section is inoperative on the date on which the Department of General Services notifies the Legislature pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (e) and is repealed on January 1 of the following year.