House Passes Bill to Help Reduce Diesel Vehicle Emissions

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: February 23, 2018

Contact:     
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(801) 326-1568 | rosschambless@le.utah.gov

House Passes Bill to Help Reduce Diesel Vehicle Emissions

Salt Lake City  - Today the House voted 56 to 15 in favor of 2nd Sub HB 101, “Air Quality Emissions Testing Amendments.” The bill requires counties that currently have gasoline vehicle emissions testing programs and do not test diesel vehicles, to institute a three year pilot diesel emissions program.

The bill’s sponsor, said Rep. Patrice Arent of Millcreek said, “The support for this bill shows that we as legislators can find common ground and create straightforward clean air policies that benefit all Utahns. Public health is not a partisan issue, and improving our air quality is an essential part of creating healthier communities.”

During the floor discussion, Rep. Francis Gibson of Mapleton said, “Clean air affects business and industry. If we don’t make an effort to clean out the air, it will affect the number of businesses coming to be here. This is a start. My finger will painfully vote for this bill.” 

A similar version of this bill was unsuccessful last year. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

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