HB 19 by Rep. Arent would encourage the use of electric vehicles by remove regulatory barriers to the construction of power stations by changing the definition of a public utility.
HB38 by Rep. Arent would create the position of state sustainability director in the Governor’s office to coordinate efforts (and share best practices) among local agencies related to air quality improvement.
HB 41 by Rep. Handy would establish a grant program to replace up to 170 “dirty diesel” school buses in the next year (and requires matching funds from districts). Also promotes alternative fuel infrastructure.
HB 55 by Rep. Poulson would create an income tax credit up to $100 for individuals purchasing monthly transit passes during Jan, Feb, and July.
HB 61 by Rep. Arent would increase subsidies for electric-hybrid vehicle purchases, allow direct grants for alternative refueling infrastructure; also would provide grants for heavy duty diesel retrofits.
HB 74 by Rep. Snow would provide a state income tax credits (up to $2500) for the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle, plug in electric hybrid vehicle, natural gas vehicle.
HB 271 by Rep. Perry and Sen Bramble would fine drivers, whose vehicles produce visible contaminants; the driver will be stopped and cited ($40 first time, increasing to $250) with a misdemeanor.
What do you think? While it's a helpful start, overall it seems like small beer that's overly complicated. Are police officers actually going to be stopping the hundreds of large trucks in South Jordan that produce visible pollution? Is a $100 transit pass tax credit (which benefit you won't notice till next tax season) going to alter your behavior? Several of these bills talk of grant programs, rebates, credits, subsidies, and creating new government officials. Most of these bills would make regulations more complex, when legislators should be looking to simplify. Here's how to both solve the air quality problem and not expand government: increase the gas tax and use part of the revenue to allow UTA to be free for everyone. Say a 40 cent gas tax increase per year until our air quality doesn't exceed health standards for one winter. The tax would encourage people to move away from dirty habits (and allow the market to decide what might the best alternative) and raise revenue. What say you?