Please contact your committee member to let them know you do not support a $200 EV road tax.
SB 1728 ($200 EV road tax) has a hearing this upcoming Wednesday. This could be the bill on the Senate side that’s used to reconcile with what’s on the House side — That could be HB 2221 (TxETRA’s comprehensive EV bill) or one of the others that just levies an EV road tax. It’s worthwhile for owners represented by the committee members below to call and make their opinions known. Just a reminder that DMV’s study came up with $100 as a “fair” number. Our own polls and analysis show that $60-70 is the right answer, but $100 is what has traction in the legislature and $100 is what we should push for.
If one of the senators listed below represents you, please call them before Wednesday and let them know your views. Following is information from TxETRA:
Senator Schwertner’s EV Fee Bill, SB 1728, (recommending a $200 for vehicles weighing 0-6K lbs & $250 for 6-10K lbs) is scheduled for hearing next Wednesday, April 7, at 8 AM (CT) in the Senate Transportation Committee. We ask that you call the committee members who represent you (below) to support TxETRA’s $100 EV fee. Our proposal is based on the Texas DMV study that recommended this amount as a fair fee to replace the State gas tax paid by gasoline vehicle drivers. You may also reference that the TxETRA survey of 1000 EV Drivers indicated that 77% support paying a fair fee.
Texas Senate Transportation Committee Members:
· Chair: Robert Nichols (R) East Texas (512) 463-0103
· Kel Seliger (R) Amarillo (512) 463-0131
· Carol Alvorado (D) Houston (512) 463-0106
· Cesar Blanco (D) El Paso (512) 463-0129
· Kelly Hancock (R) Dallas Area (512) 463-0109
· “Chuy” Hinajosa (D) McAllen (512) 463-0120
· Lois Kolkhorst (R) Brenham (512) 463-0118
· Charles Perry (R) Lubbock (512) 463-0128
· Royce West (D) Dallas (512) 463-0123
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