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Legislators Discuss Proposed State Fuel Tax Reforms


The Senate Transportation Committee heard public testimony on Senate Bill 5974, which addresses several transportation resources, such as fuel taxation authority. 


SB 5974- 2021-22 Addressing Transportation Resources

Bill Information
Bill Information Page (link)

Concerning: An act relating to transportation resources Original Bill (pdf)
Companion Bill in House: HB 2119
Sponsors: Liias, Saldaña, Carlyle, Cleveland, Das, Dhingra, Hunt, Kuderer, Lovelett, Lovick, Mullet, Nguyen, Nobles, Salomon, Trudeau, Wellman, Wilson, C.
Effective Date: The bill contains several effective dates. Please refer to the bill
Feb 10 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 8:00 AM
Feb 11 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 8:00 AM
Feb 14 Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 8:00 AM

Committee Materials

Read the full Senate Bill Report (link)

The bill analysis and bill report are prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Provides direction and requirements on the spending for a portion of the funding generated under the Climate Commitment Act.
  • Removes the requirement to consider and enact legislation dealing with compliance obligations for emissions-intensive and trade-exposed industries under the Climate Commitment Act.
  • Repeals the current motor vehicle fuel tax exemption for exported fuel and replaces it with a credit system in which a $0.06 per gallon tax would apply to some portion of exported fuel.
  • Increases a variety of transportation taxes and fees and provides additional local government taxing authority.
  • Removes language requiring passage of an additive transportation package before the Clean Fuel compliance and credit provisions go into effect.
  • Makes transfers from the state general fund and other changes dealing with state general fund support.
  • Makes a variety of other changes associated with financing and spending assumptions, and with certain transportation policies, as provided in the Move Ahead WA transportation package.

Available Videos

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Unless otherwise noted, the above information was obtained from the official Washington State Legislative website. Future meetings are subject to change. Auburn representatives in bold.

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