Senator Gabbard's Legislation that Became Law
· SB 1891 (Act 216) - gives the Department of Land and Natural Resources greater enforcement powers to protect our public lands and prevent ATVs and other vehicles from illegally driving on our beaches.
· SB 2373 (Act 184) - requires retailers to maintain an electronic log of pseudoephedrine sales (a primary ingredient in making "ice") and submit a monthly report to the Department of Public Safety.
· SB 464 (Act 154) – made the Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credit refundable and in the process creates green collar jobs, helps revive the construction industry, increases energy security, and reduces our carbon emissions. It also saves the state millions in electricity costs by making solar energy projects viable for state buildings, such as public schools.
· SB 1259 (Act 125) – protects innocent property buyers or neighboring property owners from being held liable for environmental contamination they didn't cause.
· SB 1260 (Act 42) – made it so polluters who produce more than 4,000 tons of air pollution emissions a year are no longer be exempt from paying additional fees.
· SB 2817 (Act 201) – prevents homeowner associations from unreasonably restricting homeowners in installing solar energy devices, such as photovoltaic solar panels or solar water heaters. This is a common sense measure that removes one of the last roadblocks in the path of homeowners in associations who want to take the positive step of installing solar energy devices on their homes.
· SB 466 (Act 206) – limits the hours that a leaf blower can be used in a residential area and also establishes fines for violation. This is a quality of life issue for many people around the state who suffer from the loud noise and pollution this lawn equipment creates.
· SB 2231 (Act 186) – prohibits a condominium association from preventing owners from installing an electric vehicle charging station on or near their parking stalls. It is likely that in the coming years we'll see a great increase in the number of electric vehicles on our roads.
· SB 2563 (Act 175) – sets the goal that our state meet 30% of its fuel demand with renewable fuels, such as biofuels, by 2030. Also, allows the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to collect fees for those who seek exemptions from the state's solar water heater mandate, which was the first such law in the nation.
· SB 2357 (Act 30) – requires the Gas Company to report to the Public Utilities Commission the amount of renewable energy sources they are using to produce their synthetic natural gas. The hope is that they will continue moving in the "green" direction.
· SB 181 (Act 198) – directed the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) to establish a working group to study the feasibility of establishing a new requirement that all new homes in the state be photovoltaic-ready.
· SB 704 (Act 9) - clarifies our laws by allowing companies to lease PV systems to homeowners in order to mitigate up-front costs and exempt those businesses from being treated as a utility by the PUC.
· SB 1482 (Act 109) – requires the PUC to consider the need to reduce the state's reliance on fossil fuels when making decisions regarding renewable energy projects.
· SB 2281 (Act 172) - allows applicants or agencies to bypass an environmental assessment (EA) and proceed directly to an environmental impact statement (EIS) if the proposed project is likely to require an EIS anyway. This saves applicants time and money without compromising environmental protections.
· SB 2277 (Act 145) – extends the authority of the Department of Land and Natural Resources to issue incidental take licenses as part of habitat conservation plans and safe harbor agreements for endangered species through June 29, 2017.