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An impact of $0 through the biennium ending August 31, 2019.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
Under current law, certain programs and incentives exist to promote the use of vehicles which implement alternative fuels. SB 26 would expand and create more such programs.
Also noteworthy, SB 26 would create an incentive program that would subsidize the purchase or lease of certain new alternative fuels light duty vehicles so long as the purchaser or lessee agrees to register and operate the vehicle in this state for a time to be determined by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
This bill infringes the principles of limited government and the free market by distorting the alternative energy market and picking winners and losers in the economy. For these reasons, we oppose SB 26.
We would further note that we understand there are political considerations involved in this bill relative to complying with federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations. We do not take political considerations into account as a factor in our vote recommendations. While it may be necessary for the state to be in compliance with federal regulations, we believe it would be better to find ways to comply without providing market-distorting grants and subsidies that benefit favored industries.