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This bill allows establishing low-emission vehicles policy for purchase of state vehicles and changes operative date from January 1, 2029, to January 1, 2025, requiring agencies to purchase light-duty vehicles that are zero-emission vehicles whenever possible. Defines “parking facility” and allows establishing boundaries in Salem where department manages parking facilities.
Allows department to establish rules for parking rates. Requires department to determine typical parking market rate. Requires state agencies to set rates for parking facilities no lower than typical parking market rate and do a study every biennium for updates. An agency responsible for leasing a space under ORS 276.594 and 276.595 shall establish a base rate for leasing a space. May reduce rates for disabled employees, carpools, bicycles and motorcycles, noncongested areas, and for hardship. Funds first cover facility expenses, then used as incentives to carpool or other alternative commuting.
HB 2027A clarifies the role of DAS in setting meter rates in capitol area parking facilities and discouraging single occupancy vehicles.
The amendment changes the date to purchase zero-emission vehicles up four years to 2025 that will have the effect of driving up costs to the state for acquisition and maintenance of these vehicles. It is not known if this bill was created for the purpose of being a vehicle for this amendment, or if the bill was located because it’s “relating to” clause could be used by the people who wanted the amendment. Either way it will cost taxpayers.