Cooper’s Clean Air Bill Clears First Hurdle in Senate

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1965, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) was approved on a bipartisan vote today by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing. The bill would provide financial incentives for low-income individuals to replace their old, high-polluting, and less reliable vehicles with newer, cleaner, and more dependable vehicles.

AB 1965 directs the California Air Resources Board to expand the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP) Plus-Up program. Currently, EFMP Plus-Up is only available in two out of 35 air districts in California. AB 1965 will expand the program to regions with poor air quality and large populations in disadvantaged communities.

“By expanding the EFMP Plus-Up, we can help combat climate change and reduce air pollution in our most vulnerable communities. California is home to five-times the national average of cars over 20-years old,” said Assemblymember Jim Cooper. “AB 1965 will help get clunkers off the roads, while improving air quality and providing more reliable means of transportation for low-income individuals.”

Additionally, the bill requires improved coordination, integration, and partnerships with other state programs that target disadvantaged communities, including energy efficiency incentives.

AB 1965 will next be heard in the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

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Assemblymember Cooper represents the Cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi.