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SB-745 Vehicle registration: Environmental rebates.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 09/08/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  September 08, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 745


Introduced by Senator Stern

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 38564 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases. An act to amend Section 4453 of, and to add Section 9250.3 to, the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 745, as amended, Stern. California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Vehicle registration: Environmental rebates.
Existing law establishes the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program, to address deferred maintenance on the state highway system and the local street and road system, and funds that program, in part, with an annual transportation improvement fee imposed on vehicles with a varying fee between $25 and $175 based on vehicle value.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The act authorizes the state board to include use of market-based compliance mechanisms. The act authorizes the state board to adopt a regulation that establishes a system of market-based declining annual aggregate emissions limits for sources or categories of sources that emit greenhouse gases. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the state board from a market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature.
Upon registering a vehicle, existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a certificate of ownership and a registration card to the legal owner. Existing law requires a registration card to contain certain information upon its face, including the name and residence or business address of the owner and of the legal owner of the vehicle.
This bill would establish the Climate Policy Rebate program and the Climate Policy Rebate Special Fund. The program would provide rebates to offset the transportation improvement fee imposed on a vehicle. The bill would require quarterly transfers of funds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to the Climate Policy Rebate Special Fund in amounts needed to fund the rebates, as determined by the department. The bill would require the amount of an individual rebate to equal the transportation improvement fee imposed on a vehicle, and those rebates would be paid from the Climate Policy Rebate Special Fund to the department upon appropriation by the Legislature. The bill would require the registration documents issued for a vehicle to display the amount of the Climate Policy Rebate that was applied by the department toward the vehicle registration costs for the vehicle.

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to consult with other states, the federal government, and other nations to identify the most effective strategies and methods to reduce greenhouse gases, manage greenhouse gas control programs, and facilitate the development of integrated and cost-effective regional, national, and international greenhouse gas reduction programs.

This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 4453 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

4453.
 (a) The registration card shall contain upon its face, the date issued, the name and residence or business address or mailing address of the owner and of the legal owner, if any, the registration number assigned to the vehicle, and a description of the vehicle as complete as that required in the application for registration of the vehicle.
(b) The following motor vehicles shall be identified as such on the face of the registration card whenever the department is able to ascertain that fact at the time application is made for initial registration or transfer of ownership of the vehicle:
(1) A motor vehicle rebuilt and restored to operation that was previously declared to be a total loss salvage vehicle because the cost of repairs exceeds the retail value of the vehicle.
(2) A motor vehicle rebuilt and restored to operation that was previously reported to be dismantled pursuant to Section 11520.
(3) A motor vehicle previously registered to a law enforcement agency and operated in law enforcement work.
(4) A motor vehicle formerly operated as a taxicab.
(5) A motor vehicle manufactured outside of the United States and not intended by the manufacturer for sale in the United States.
(6) A park trailer, as described in Section 18009.3 of the Health and Safety Code, that when moved upon the highway is required to be moved under a permit pursuant to Section 35780.
(7) A motor vehicle that has been reacquired under circumstances described in subdivision (c) of Section 1793.23 of the Civil Code, a vehicle with out-of-state titling documents reflecting a warranty return, or a vehicle that has been identified by an agency of another state as requiring a warranty return title notation, pursuant to the laws of that state. The notation made on the face of the registration and pursuant to this subdivision shall state “Lemon Law Buyback.”
(c) The registration card shall display the amount of the Climate Policy Rebate that was credited by the department against the registration fees for that vehicle, pursuant to Section 9250.3.

(c)

(d) The director may modify the form, arrangement, and information appearing on the face of the registration card and may provide for standardization and abbreviation of fictitious or firm names on the registration card whenever the director finds that the efficiency of the department will be promoted by so doing.

SEC. 2.

 Section 9250.3 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

9250.3.
 (a) There is hereby established the Climate Policy Rebate program. The program shall provide rebates to offset the transportation improvement fee in connection with vehicle registration fees imposed pursuant to this article and shall be credited to the registration fees for a vehicle by the department pursuant to subdivision (c). There is hereby established in the State Treasury the Climate Policy Rebate Special Fund. The moneys in the fund shall be used, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to fund the Climate Policy Rebate program.
(b) Moneys shall be transferred quarterly to the Climate Policy Rebate Special Fund from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund in amounts needed to provide rebates for eligible vehicles, as determined by the department.
(c) A rebate for the registration cost of a particular vehicle shall equal the transportation improvement fee assessed against that vehicle pursuant to Section 11052 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. A vehicle registered as a commercial vehicle is not eligible for a rebate under this section.
(d) The department may use up to 0.5 percent of the fees in special fund for the administrative costs of implementing this section and subdivision (c) of Section 4453.

SECTION 1.Section 38564 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:
38564.

The state board shall consult with other states, the federal government, and other nations to identify the most effective strategies and methods to reduce greenhouse gases, manage greenhouse gas control programs, and facilitate the development of integrated and cost-effective regional, national, and international greenhouse gas reduction programs.