WASHINGTON STATE HOUSE VOTE ADVANCES 2030 GAS CAR PHASEOUT BILL: A HISTORIC MILESTONE, SAYS COLTURAFebruary 24, 2021
February 2021 Gasoline Phaseout NewsFebruary 28, 2021
Clean Cars 2030 Bill Advances Out of Senate Environment Committee
Clean Cars 2030 (HB 1204) passed out of the Washington State House Transportation Committee by a vote of 17-12 on February 22. The next hurdle will be for the bill to pass the House Rules Committee before March 9.
The bill passed by the committee establishes a statewide goal to achieve 100% electric vehicle sales of new cars by 2030, but does not mandate that all model 2030 and later years be electric, as the earlier draft of the bill did. The 2030 goal is still a huge step forward. For the first time, a body of state legislators voted to end the sale of gas cars by a certain date!
The bill’s passage followed a powerful February 1 hearing (watch the recording here), featuring testimony from bill sponsor Representative Nicole Macri, Pierce City Council Member Ryan Mello, Seattle Electric Vehicle Association President Jay Donnaway, six-year-old Jorge, and support from 390 advocates for cleaner, healthier air, water, and climate.
Our gratitude goes out to Representatives Fey, Wylie, Bronoske, Ramos, Berry, Chapman, Duerr, Entenman, Hackney, Lovick, Paul, Ramel, Riccelli, Slatter, Taylor, Valdez, and Wicks, who voted to pass HB 1204 out of the House Transportation Committee.