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HB 245 (BR 477) - K. Hall, R. Henderson, S. Riggs

     AN ACT relating to clean and alternative transportation fuels.
     Create new sections of KRS Chapter 186 to define "clean transportation fuel," "conversion," and other terms associated with the retrofitting of vehicles to operate on compressed or liquefied natural gas; require safety inspections of such vehicles; require some portion of vehicle fleets to be converted to use clean transportation fuels if the Division for Air Quality determines it is necessary; amend sections of KRS Chapter 152 to include natural gas in the definition of "alternative transportation fuels" and to include Kentucky's public and private colleges in the state strategy relating to those fuels; amend sections of subchapter 20 of KRS Chapter 154 to include local government entities in the definition of "eligible company" for the alternative fuel and renewable energy program; create and amend sections of KRS Chapter 141 to establish income tax credits for persons who convert vehicles to burn natural gas or buy new vehicles that do so; create a new section of KRS Chapter 281 to direct the Kentucky Department for Education to consider school buses powered by natural gas if it determines that it is safe to do so; amend KRS 234.321 to require compliance with federal regulations rather than state standards; repeal KRS 224.10-192.


     HCS - Retain most original provisions; add definition for "liquefied petroleum gas"; delete definition of "fleet"; include factory made, natural gas powered vehicles in requirement for safety inspection following collision; delete section allowing state to require some fleet conversions in order to meet air quality standards; amend definition of "alternative transportation fuels" in KRS 152.715 to specifically include LPG made from petroleum and CNG; amend tax credit section to give Transportation Cabinet primary responsibility for certifying vehicles converted to burn CNG or LNG to be eligible for tax credit, for safety, and for emissions.
     HFA (1, K. Bratcher) - Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 requiring any school district spending more than $5,000,000 per year on transportation costs in fuel to display the estimated cost of fuel on a district website.
     HFA (2/Title, K. Bratcher) - Make title amendment.

     Jan 11-introduced in House
     Jan 12-to Transportation (H)
     Feb 23-posted in committee
     Mar 6-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 7-2nd reading, to Rules; recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H)
     Mar 8-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute, floor amendment (2-title) filed

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