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AB-745 Air pollution: Clean Cars 4 All program.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/05/2021 01:34 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 05, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 25, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 745


Introduced by Assembly Member Gipson

February 16, 2021


An act to amend Section 44124.5 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to air pollution.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 745, as amended, Gipson. Air pollution: Clean Cars 4 All program.
Existing law establishes a motor vehicle inspection and maintenance program, commonly known as the smog check program, that is administered by the Department of Consumer Affairs. The smog check program requires inspection of motor vehicles upon initial registration, biennially upon renewal of registration, upon transfer of ownership, and in certain other circumstances. Existing law exempts motor vehicles that meet certain requirements from being inspected biennially upon renewal of registration.
Existing law establishes the Clean Cars 4 All Program, which is administered by the State Air Resources Board, to focus on achieving reductions in the emissions of greenhouse gases, improvements in air quality, and benefits to low-income state residents through the replacement of high-polluter motor vehicles with cleaner and more efficient motor vehicles or a mobility option.
This bill would require the state board, as a part of the Clean Cars 4 All Program, to provide vouchers for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles to persons of low or moderate income, as defined, income living in disadvantaged communities to replace those persons’ vehicles that have failed a smog check inspection. inspection, as provided. The bill would establish the maximum amount of the voucher at $13,000.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 44124.5 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

44124.5.
 (a) The Clean Cars 4 All Program is hereby established and is to be administered by the state board to focus on achieving reductions in the emissions of greenhouse gases, improvements in air quality, and benefits to low-income state residents through the replacement of high-polluter motor vehicles with cleaner and more efficient motor vehicles or a mobility option.
(b) Beginning in the 2018–19 fiscal year, and every fiscal year thereafter, the state board shall set specific, measurable goals for the replacement of passenger vehicles and light- and medium-duty trucks that are high polluters.
(c) The state board shall take steps to meet the goals set forth pursuant to subdivision (b). The steps shall include, but need not be limited to, updating the guidelines for Clean Cars 4 All no later than January 1, 2019.
(d) The regulation implementing this section shall ensure all of the following:
(1) Where applicable, there is improved coordination, integration, and partnerships with other programs that target disadvantaged communities and receive moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, created pursuant to Section 16428.8 of the Government Code.
(2) The replacement or a mobility option is consistent with paragraph (6) of subdivision (d) of Section 44125.
(3) Provisions enhance the prescreening of applicants to Clean Cars 4 All, if determined by the state board to be appropriate.
(e) (1) As In participating districts, as a part of the Clean Cars 4 All Program, the state board shall provide vouchers to persons of low or moderate income, as defined in Section 50093, income living in disadvantaged communities, as identified pursuant to Section 39711, for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles to replace those persons’ vehicles that meet both of the following:
(A) The vehicles to be replaced have failed a smog check inspection.
(B) The repair cost of each vehicle to be replaced in order to pass the smog check inspection is greater than the maximum amount of assistance provided by the bureau’s Consumer Assistance Program.
(2) The maximum amount of a voucher available under paragraph (1) shall be thirteen thousand dollars ($13,000).