___Here is how the Milwaukee Hybrid Group legislative meeting went this morning. I hope it helps others trying to do similar …
___Attendees included Bradlee and Justin Fons, Bobb and Jane Cherney, Debbie Anders, Ken Keuler, Mark Eggert, Curt F. Pawlisch, Bryan Dongre, the young 15 year old doing a research prokect/term paper on “Hybrids, Fuel Cells and Electric Vehicles: The Technologies That Are Driving the Automotive World", his mother Val, and myself.
Curt F. Pawlisch - Attorney at Law
Previous initiatives and passed legislation within the state of Wisconsin: Energy Regulation, policy work on Energy programs, Energy Efficiency, and Renewables law and policy.
Previous failed legislation
Sales tax exemption of $1,000 for hybrid that gets at least 40 mpg’s.
Current Wisconsin Legislative body makeup
99 Representatives - 60 Republican and 39 Democrats
33 Senators - 19 Republican and 14 Democrats
Legislation is an incremental process
Cannot achieve all goals but may be able to achieve a limited number of proposals?
Once basic legislation is ready, public testimony can help improve chances of legislation to move forward.
Keep letters respectful and professional as they have a much higher probability of being read by the legislator then just any old thing …
Meeting conclusion with general question/answer session afterwards.
Hybrid – Alternative Fuel Legislation Proposals
Goals: Encourage of investment and purchase of AFV’s including HEV’s, EV’s, and alternative fuel vehicles (Ethanol FFV’s/Biodiesel/NGV’s) with the immediate effect of lowering our dependence on oil and reducing both SMOG and GHG emissions.
- Emissions Exemptions: Vehicles achieving a certain MPG would be exempt from emissions testing.
- Sales Tax Credits: Vehicles achieving a certain MPG would be exempt from all state and local sales tax or a percentage thereof.
- HOV Lane Exemptions: Vehicles achieving a certain MPG would be allowed in HOV lanes regardless of its occupancy.
- Incremental Cost Credits: Allow a credit of a certain percentage of the incremental cost of an AFV over a conventional vehicle.
- Reduced Registration Fees: Allow a discounted fee to vehicles achieving a in first or subsequent years.
- Free or Reduced Parking Rates: Offer free or reduced parking fees to vehicles achieving a certain mpg.
- Business Loans for Purchases: Authorize a business tax credit equal to a certain percentage of any AFV
- Tax Credit: Would offer a tax credit towards the purchase of any AFV or a vehicle achieving a certinal mpg or emissions rating.
- Febate:A Fee would be added to any vehicle bought or sold that falls below a certain mpg or emissions rating. A rebate would be offered to any vehicle bought or sold that achieves above a certain mpg or emissions rating. These would offset each other.
- Governmental and Fleet incentives: Credits or loans towards the purchase of fleet vehicles bought by governmental, institutional, or commercial organizations.
- Carbon Fuel Reduction: Offer credits for any vehicle that is taken out of service with the purchase of an improved mpg or emissions rating.
- Conversion Credit: To any vehicle that is converted to run on an AF.
___Of course this was only a synopsis as there was a lot of other handouts and ideas discussed. I just could not write that fast
And of course the camaraderie that comes about when you get a group of like minded individuals together to discuss something as serious as carbon emission reduction and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels …