OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5314

AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE OF CALIFORNIA'S LOW-EMISSION VEHICLE PROGRAM.

SUMMARY:

This bill establishes a procedure to update the state's low emission vehicle regulations without going through the legislature's full regulation review process.

The bill incorporates by reference California's regulations on light duty motor vehicle standards, or any changes to them that are necessary to comply with the federal Clean Air Act, as long as the Environment and Regulation Review committees receive notice of the changes at least 60 days before they would take effect in Connecticut. Existing law allows the Regulation Review Committee to accept proposed regulations that incorporate other regulations by reference in a summary form with a statement of purpose (CGS 4-170(b)).

In 2004, Connecticut adopted California's motor vehicle emissions regulations to reduce emissions of toxic air pollutants. Those standards took effect in the state starting with 2008 model year vehicles. By law, the regulations must be kept current with changes California makes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2016

BACKGROUND

Clean Air Act

Under the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7507), all new cars sold in the United States must comply either with emission standards set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency or California.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

27

Nay

1

(03/04/2016)