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 2030||Currrent Status – House Passed 25-15-1. Senate Environment, Energy & Transportation 6/21/23|
|House Sponsors – Heffernan, Longhurst, Phillips, Baumbach, Griffith, Morrison, Neal, Osienski||Senate Sponsors – Hansen, Hoffner, McBride, Sokola|
|House Yes Votes – Baumbach 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 Votes – Matthews // Briggs King Collins Dukes Gray Hensley Hilovsky Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smith Spiegelman Vanderwende Yearick||Senate No Votes –|
|House Absents or Not Voting – Short||Senate Absent or Not Voting –|