PlugInSites is tracking the progress of 2021 EV legislation in Maryland, Virginia, New York as well as some bills from a few other states. Check back often and subscribe below.
2021 EV Related Bills
|VA||EV Tax Credit||HB1979||Finance Subcmte||Electric vehicle rebate program; creation and funding; report.|
|VA||Vehicle Weight Limits||HB1850||House: ✅|
|Passed House (98-0). Motor vehicle weight limits; vehicles powered primarily by electric battery power.|
|VA||Clean Car Standards||HB1965||Ag, Ches & Nat Res||State Air Pollution Control Board; low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle program|
|VA||EV Grant Fund||HB2118||Finance Subcmte||Electric Vehicle Grant Fund and Program; creation; report.|
|VA||Transportation Electrification||SB1223||Comm & Labor||Amends the Virginia Energy Plan to include an analysis of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other infrastructure needed to support the 2045 net-zero carbon target in the transportation sector.|
|MD||Comm EV Inspections||HB0250||Heard 1/14 ENT||Altering the mileage at which certain zero-emission Class F (tractor) vehicles are required to have the vehicle inspected.|
|MD||Tax Credit Funding||SB0152||Heard 1/19 FIN||Maryland Strategic Energy Investment Fund – Use of Funds and Electric Vehicle Excise Tax Credits|
|Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 PM||Electric Vehicle Recharging Equipment for Multifamily Units Act (Right-to-Charge)|
|Hearing 1/27 at 11:00 AM||Prohibiting a person from stopping, standing, or parking a vehicle that is not a plug-in electric drive vehicle in a parking space that is designated for the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles.|
|Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 AM||Electric Vehicle Recharging Equipment for Multifamily Units Act (Right-to-Charge)|
|MD||EV Tax Credit||HB0044||Hearing 1/28 at 1:30 PM||Excise tax credit for electric vehicle purchases.|
|Hearing 2/4 at 1:30 PM||Prohibiting a person from stopping, standing, or parking a vehicle that is not a plug-in electric drive vehicle in a parking space that is designated for the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles.|
|MD||ZEV Bus Transition||SB0137|
|Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 AM||Prohibiting, beginning in fiscal year 2023, the Maryland Transit Administration from purchasing buses for the Administration's State transit bus fleet that are not zero-emission buses|
|MD||Climate Counsel||HB0030||Hearing 2/4 at 1:30 PM||Establish the Office of Climate Counsel in the Maryland Public Service Commission and include the Climate Counsel on ZEEVIC.|
|MD||ZEV Bus Transition||HB0334|
|Envir. and Trans.||Prohibiting, beginning in fiscal year 2023, the Maryland Transit Administration from purchasing buses for the Administration's State transit bus fleet that are not zero-emission buses|
|NY||EV Ready||S00023||Active||Requires the construction of certain parking facilities to be capable of supporting electric vehicle charging stations|
|NY||EV Ready||A00346||Active||Requires certain state owned and operated parking garages, open parking lots and other parking facilities to install and maintain charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles.|
|NY||ZEV by 2035||S9008||Active||Provides that one hundred percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks shall be zero-emissions by 2035|
|NY||ZEV by 2035||A11087||Active||Provides that one hundred percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks shall be zero-emissions by 2035|
|IN||EV Charging Pilot||HB1385||Active||Authorizes an electric utility to request approval from the IURC to implement a pilot program to operate EV charging infrastructure.|
New York info provided by Long Island EVs
Maryland General Assembly – Jan. 13 to April 12, 2021
The 2021 Legislative Sessions in Maryland and Virginia will begin on January 13th. A number of electric vehicle related bills have already been pre-filed in Annapolis.
Maryland lawmakers have been encouraged to file legislation early for 2021 in order to be guaranteed a hearing. The 2020 session ended abruptly with the onset of the pandemic which stopped a lot of bills that would have passed otherwise. Legislation does not carry over from the previous session so all those bills must start from scratch like any others.
Nearly 800 bills have been pre-filed for the 90-day Maryland General Assembly which is scheduled to run until April 12, 2021. Normally about 200 bills are filed early and ultimately there are about 2,500 bills considered each year. There are six EV-related bills among the pre-filed legislation in Annapolis. The Clean Cars Act of 2021 for an EV tax credit (HB 44) has a hearing scheduled for January 28 in the House Environment and Transportation Committee.
Right-to-Charge and Other Bills Scheduled for a Hearing
A 2020 Maryland “Right-to-Charge” bill sponsored by Delegate Marc Korman to make it easier for residents with HOAs or at Condos to install EV charging equipment passed in the House but didn’t make it through the Senate in time. I have taken a particular interest in this legislation and I testified in front of the House Environment and Transportation Committee in support of the 2020 bill. Delegate Korman pre-filed the 2021 Right-to-Charge bill (HB 110) which has a hearing scheduled for January 26. I had asked my Senator, Guy Guzzone, to sponsor the Right-to-Charge bill in the Senate and he will be presenting SB 144 before the Judicial Proceedings Committee at a hearing scheduled for January 28. Note that hearing dates and times are subject to change.
Maryland General Assembly Virtual Operations
In order to adhere to public health guidelines due to COVID-19, Speaker Adrienne Jones says that Maryland House Committees will operate virtually in 2021. The MGA website will allow the public to upload written testimony. Members of the public will be able to sign up the day before to be heard on a particular bill during the virtual committee meetings. All House committee and subcommittee meetings and all voting sessions will be livestreamed through the MGA website.
According to the Maryland Senate 2021 Session Operations Plan, the Senate will operate based on one of three stages depending on the level of disease activity. Members of the public will be allowed to testify at committee hearings via Zoom. Senate Committee bill hearings will have limits on the number of witnesses by default (4 Favorable, 2 FWA & 4 Unfavorable) with the Chairs having discretion to increase the number of witnesses on select bills. All witnesses except for the “lead proponent” will have 2.5 minutes to testify. The lead proponent, selected by the bill’s sponsor, will have up to five minutes to testify. The lead proponent and two other Favorable witnesses will be chosen by the bill’s sponsor. The remaining Favorable witness slot will be opened to the public for a randomly-selected witness. If the sponsor doesn’t notify the Committee of Favorable witnesses of their choosing within 48 hours of witness signup opening, the slots will then be available to the public to be selected at random. Full details on the MGA Senate Operations Plan: PDF.
MACo Cheatsheet for Submitting Testimony in the 2021 Maryland General Assembly.
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EV-related legislation include electric vehicle tax credits, incentives for charging equipment, Plug-in vehicle parking spaces and bills to permit the installation of charging equipment at multi-unit housing. Keeping track of these legislative efforts is difficult so PlugInSites has been identifying, sharing and updating the progress of Maryland EV legislation since 2015. For 2021, we are tracking all EV related bills in Maryland and Virginia. We may follow a few important bills from other states as well. Revisit this page for daily updates as new legislation is introduced and moves through the legislative process.