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Wyoming Legislature pass bill to exempt motorcycles from plug-in electric vehicle fees

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CASPER, Wyo. — A bill to exempt electric motorcycles and electric multi-purpose vehicles from annual decals and fees for plug-in electric vehicles has passed both chambers of the Wyoming Legislature.

House Bill 144 would change the definition of “plug-in electric vehicle” to exclude “hybrid electric vehicles,” motorcycles and multi-purpose vehicles from the annual $200 fees.

The fees would still apply to other vehicles which “can be recharged from any external source of electricity, including a wall socket, and the electricity stored in the rechargeable battery drives or contributes to drive the wheels of the vehicle.”

The Legislative Service Office says there are currently seven active electric multi-purpose vehicles and seven active electric motorcycles registered in the state. The legislation would therefore decrease revenue for the state by about $2,800 per year.

Since the legislation has passed both chambers of the legislature, it will move to the governor’s desk for consideration.

The Senate passed the bill on a 28-2 vote on Tuesday. That vote was as follows:

  • Ayes: ANDERSON, BALDWIN, BITEMAN, BONER, BOUCHARD, CASE, COOPER, DOCKSTADER, DRISKILL, FRENCH, FURPHY, GIERAU, HICKS, HUTCHINGS, JAMES, KINSKEY, KOLB, KOST, LANDEN, MCKEOWN, NETHERCOTT, PAPPAS, ROTHFUSS, SALAZAR, SCHULER, SCOTT, STEINMETZ, WASSERBURGER
  • Nays: ELLIS, PERKINS

The House of Representatives passed the bill on a 57-3 vote on March 17. That vote was as follows:

  • Ayes: ANDREW, BAKER, BANKS, BLACKBURN, BROWN, BURKHART, BURT, CLAUSEN, CLIFFORD, CONNOLLY, CRAGO, DUNCAN, EKLUND, EYRE, FLITNER, FORTNER, GRAY, GREEAR, HALLINAN, HARSHMAN, HEINER, HENDERSON, HUNT, KINNER, BARLOW, KNAPP, LARSEN, L, LAURSEN, D, MACGUIRE, MARTINEZ, NEIMAN, NEWSOME, NICHOLAS, OAKLEY, OBERMUELLER, O’HEARN, OLSEN, OTTMAN, PAXTON, PROVENZA, ROSCOE, SCHWARTZ, SHERWOOD, SIMPSON, SOMMERS, STITH, STYVAR, SWEENEY, WALTERS, WASHUT, WESTERN, WHARFF, WILLIAMS, WILSON, WINTER, YIN, ZWONITZER
  • Nays: BEAR, HAROLDSON, JENNINGS

The bill’s sponsors include:

  • Representative(s) Brown, Burt, Duncan, Newsome, Oakley, Olsen, Sweeney, Yin
  • Senator(s) Furphy, Gierau, Nethercott, Pappas

Should the bill become law, it would take effect on July 1, 2021.


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