URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT (UPDATE)
Florida Subcommittee Deletes Provision Requiring Creation of Program to Tax Cars for Miles Traveled; Senate Bill Still Alive
Success! The Florida House Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee approved amendedlegislation (H.B. 7075) that originally directed the Department of Transportation to undertake a study on the impact of implementing a system that charges drivers based on vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Under the amendment, the entire program has been deleted from the bill. However, a Florida Senate version of the bill (S.B. 1186) has been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee and is pending in the Regulated Industries Committee.
We Urge You to Contact Senate Regulated Industries Committee Members (List Below) Immediately To Request Their Opposition to S.B. 1186
- S.B. 1186 provides that the Center for Urban Transportation, in consultation with the Florida Transportation Commission, would establish a pilot program to study the feasibility of implementing a system that charges drivers based on VMT.
- In addition to creating privacy concerns, the bill seeks to penalize national efforts to create a more fuel efficient vehicle fleet by taxing drivers based on vehicle mileage. As gas tax revenues decrease due to hybrid and electric vehicle ownership, states are looking for new sources of funding for pet projects.
- S.B. 1186 allows the Center for Urban Transportation to spend up to $400,000 for the study and pilot project design and provides for the implementation of the pilot program in 2017.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee immediately to request opposition to S.B. 1186.
Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.
Florida Senate Regulated Industries Committee
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Senator Rob Bradley (Chair)
Phone: (850) 487-5007
Senator Gwen Margolis (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (850) 487-5035
Senator Joseph Abruzzo
Phone: (850) 487-5025
Senator Aaron Bean
Phone: (850) 487-5004
Senator Oscar Braynon, II
Phone: (850) 487-5036
Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
Phone: (850) 487-5040
Senator Anitere Flores
Phone: (850) 487-5037
Senator Jack Latvala
Phone: (850) 487-5020
Senator Joe Negron
Phone: (850) 487-5032
Senator Garrett Richter
Phone: (850) 487-5023
Senator Maria Lorts Sachs
Phone: (850) 487-5034
Senator Kelli Stargel
Phone: (850) 487-5015