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House Passed Bill for More Electric School Buses

Republicans sure hate electric vehicles. And so does a supposed Democrat named Sean Matthews, apparently. He joined all the Republicans in voting no on House Bill 10, which would establish targets for the annual purchase of state-owned electric school buses through fiscal year 2030, gradually increasing the percentage of electric buses in the state fleet. The vote was 25-15-1.

Currently, the state Department of Education owns about 500 buses, used in various districts throughout the state and replaces about 50 buses each year. HB 10 would require that 5% of the buses the state replaces in fiscal 2025 are electric. Those percentages would increase in 5% increments each year until it reaches 30% in fiscal 2030.

The bill also would require DOE to submit an annual implementation report through 2029 as well as a comprehensive report in 2030 detailing future recommendations for electric vehicle purchases and other measures to reduce the carbon and environmental impact of the State’s school transportation fleet.

HOUSE BILL 10 ANNUAL PURCHASE OF ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUSES THROUGH 2030Currrent Status – House Passed 25-15-1. Senate Environment, Energy & Transportation 6/21/23
House SponsorsHeffernan, Longhurst, Phillips, Baumbach, Griffith, Morrison, Neal, OsienskiSenate SponsorsHansen, Hoffner, McBride, Sokola
House Yes VotesBaumbach Bolden Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Harris Heffernan Johnson Lambert Longhurst Lynn Minor-Brown Moore Morrison Neal Osienski Parker-Selby Phillips Romer Schwartzkopf Williams Wilson-Anton Senate Yes Votes
House No VotesMatthews // Briggs King Collins Dukes Gray Hensley Hilovsky Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smith Spiegelman Vanderwende YearickSenate No Votes
House Absents or Not VotingShortSenate Absent or Not Voting

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