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Electric-vehicle-charging bills moving forward in legislature

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Anyone else smelling a conference committee in the offing?

Measures by two local legislators relating to improperly parking in spaces reserved for electric-vehicle charging have been approved in their respective houses of the General Assembly, but with a seminal – though not insurmountable – difference.

The bill by Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D-Alexandria-Arlington-Fairfax) cleared the House of Delegates on a 73-24 vote – a notable win for a freshman Democratic delegate in a body now in control of Republicans – while a bill by state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria-Arlington-Fairfax) passed 28-12 in the Senate, which is narrowly controlled by Democrats.

The difference? While both bills initially provided for civil penalties of between $100 and $250 for those found to be improperly parking in spaces reserved for electric-vehicle-charging stations, the House of Delegates knocked down the maximum penalty to $50. The Senate version maintained the up-to-$250 fine.


If the two bills subsequently pass the opposite houses in their current form, a joint House-Senate conference committee could be set up to arrive at a compromise figure, subject to final approval by each of the bodies.
The bills are SB 278 and HB 450.

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