Proposal to phase out gas-powered vehicles gets a new lane

(The Center Square) – Consideration of a proposed ban on sales of new gas-powered vehicles in Connecticut could happen in regular legislative session, but will not happen in a special called one.

House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, says the new legislative session gets started on Wednesday of next week. Formal consideration of a proposal to adopt California’s strict vehicle emissions rules could come up.

California is phasing out sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.

Members of the House’s Republican minority caucus welcomed the decision to consider the proposal in the regular session, when legislative committees will be required to review the plans and hold public hearings on the proposed changes.

“Pushing an EV mandate is one thing, but the tone-deafness of the Democratic legislative majority to push through a mandate in a special session soon before the regular session begins was wrong,” said state Sen. Sen. Jeff Gordon,
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