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SB 173, by Sen. Terry Gauthier (R-Helena), would create a $25 fine and allow for the towing of a non-electric vehicle when it parks in a parking space that is designed to charge electric vehicles.

When a business owner or other entity invests in creating an electric vehicle charging station parking space on their property the cost can be $25,000 or more. This substantial investment is usually designed to attract more customers to the establishment. This bill creates a nudge to protect that investment from being blocked while also facilitating the adoption of zero and low emission vehicles.

Position

Support

Status

Passed out of the Senate Highways and Transportation committee on a 6-4 vote. Re-referred to Senate Highways and Transportation Committee from the Senate Floor for amendments. Passed that committee again on a 6-5 vote. Passed the Senate floor 26-23. Failed the House Judiciary Committee on an 8-11 vote. The bill was tabled and is likely dead.

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