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Kansas 2012 HB2455 tax on electricity for electric cars

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In the 2012 Kansas State Legislature session a bill, HB2455 (www.kslegislature.org) http://www.kslegislature.org/li_2012/b2011_12/measures/hb2455/ - Kansas State Rep. Tom Sloan proposed, in January 2012, HB2455 which would enact a new fee on electricity for plug-in vehicles. It would be an �at the pump� tax similar in essence to the gasoline tax, but on electricity.

The proposal met with opposition and another bill was almost immediately substituted. That bill became law in July 2012, and simply called for the Kansas Department of Transportation to �organize a discussion with the public and all interested stakeholders about the long-term feasibility of relying on the motor fuel tax as the primary mechanism of funding the state�s highway maintenance and construction program and as the major contributor of state aid to local government transportation budgets.� The report is due on January 1, 2014.

The original bill would have defined anyone owning or operating an electric vehicle recharge location to be a public utility. It would have required each charging station to have its own electric meter, to accurately measure electricity usage. The fee would have been comparable to the existing gasoline tax, in a manner decided by the Kansas DOT but presumably based on gallons gasoline equivalences.

News coverage: (www.greencarreports.com) http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1072182_kansas-considers-taxing-electric-car-owners-when-they-plug-in

Original bill: (www.kslegislature.org) http://www.kslegislature.org/li_2012/b2011_12/measures/documents/hb2455_00_0000.pdf

As passed: (www.kslegislature.org) http://www.kslegislature.org/li_2012/b2011_12/measures/documents/hb2455_enrolled.pdf

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