Wash. Senate OKs electric car fee, math test bill
Wash. Senate approves $100 fee for electric cars, high school math assessment bill
Molly Rosbach, Associated Press, On Wednesday March 30, 2011, 8:41 am EDT
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state Senate approved several bills Tuesday, including a measure to impose a $100 annual fee on electric cars to make up for lost gas tax revenue, and a bill that eases the transition to a new statewide high school math assessment.
With less than a month left in the scheduled 105-day session, lawmakers have begun a new wave of floor votes. The session is scheduled to adjourn April 24.
Under the electric car bill, drivers would pay the fee every year when they renew their vehicle registration.
Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, included the fee on her transportation budget. She says the Senate transportation budget proposal was dependent on passage of the fee, which is expected to bring in about $400,000 in fiscal year 2013.
Opponents argue that imposing a fee on electric cars discourages environmentally conscious drivers, but Haugen said electric car owners ought to help pay to maintain the public highways they use.
"We recognize they're an important part of the future, but it needs to help pay its fair share," Haugen said of electric cars.
The Washington State Department of Transportation estimates that drivers with gasoline-powered vehicles pay about $200 a year in gas tax. The state gas tax is 37.5 cents per gallon.
The bill now moves to the House for approval.
HA HA HA!! They should help pay for the roads. Too bad the feds aren't doing the same thing!