Additional Funding Secured for Clean Air in California
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Smog Check Measure Signed by Governor
(SACRAMENTO) – Committing to more money for clean air efforts in California, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1274, by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), Tuesday.
“AB 1274 is a win for both consumers and our environment,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “This bill saves time and money for vehicle owners, while dramatically boosting the state’s clean air efforts. Thank you to the South Coast Air Quality Management District for sponsoring this bill and working with me to get it through the Legislature. I am grateful to the Governor for signing this bill into law, and I am proud to be part of the movement toward quality air for all Californians.”
Existing law requires biennial smog checks only for vehicles older than six model years. AB 1274 extends the exemption by two years, while collecting the cost of a smog check as an abatement fee instead for vehicles between six and eight model years old. The funds will be used to achieve early, cost-effective emissions reductions that help local air districts meet State and Federal health-based air quality standards. AB 1274 secures nearly $55 million dollars each year for the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program (Carl Moyer Program).
The requirements of AB 1274 take effect on January 1, 2019.
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.