Clean-air bill goes to governor
State cars • 50% of new purchases must be high-efficieny, or alternative-fuel cars.
Published: March 3, 2014 02:33PM
Updated: March 3, 2014 08:53PM

The Senate gave final passage Monday to a bill requiring at least 50 percent of passenger cars purchased by the state government be high-efficiency or alternative-fuel vehicles.

It voted 25-2 to pass SB99 after amendments by a conference committee and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.

Among the alternate-fuel vehicles allowed would be hybrids and those powered by electricity, natural gas, hydrogen and biodiesel.

“The state should set an example” to help reduce air pollution, said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City. “It just allows us to become better stewards, better citizens.”