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Wed., April 27, 2011, 1:20 p.m.

Special Session Day 2: Senate passes electric car fees (again)

OLYMPIA -- The Senate approved a $100 per year fee on electric cars, a move supporters say will help those vehicles share the cost of road repairs covered by gasoline taxes.

SB 5251 didn't pass both chambers in the same version during the regular session, so it went back to the Senate during the special session "reset". Senators tinkered with it again, passing an amendment that takes out the $100 fee when the car is purchased, and only required the money be paid when the license tabs are renewed.

It passed 26-15, and heads to the House.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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