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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 2:41 am | Updated: 10:48 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Senate OKs bill to limit emission rules

Without dissent, the Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to prohibiting the state Department of Environmental Quality from imposing or enforcing its own standards on “greenhouse gases.”

Senate OKs bill to limit emission rules

Without dissent, the Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to prohibiting the state Department of Environmental Quality from imposing or enforcing its own standards on “greenhouse gases.”

The legislation is aimed squarely at a directive by Gov. Janet Napolitano that DEQ adopt regulations that set lower overall limits of emissions of carbon dioxide for vehicles sold in Arizona.

Those rules, modeled after those crafted in California, have already been approved by the agency and now await only final action by the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council.

HB2017 would also derail other proposed DEQ rules aimed at industry emissions.

The legislation is being pushed by business lobbyists who contend having Arizona impose standards different from other states could make companies here less competitive. Bobbi Sparrow, president of the Arizona Automobile Dealers Association, said car manufacturers should have to deal only with a single emission standard.

Sen. Jake Flake, R-Snowflake, who crafted the measure, acknowledged Napolitano likely would veto the bill.

But he said plans are already under way to tack it on to a House-passed measure that contains various new environmental regulations and standards, provisions that Flake said the governor probably wants.

Even if the new vehicle emission standards are approved — and escape legislative action — they cannot take effect unless and until a federal court rules forces the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to let states adopt their own regulations.

Arizona has joined that lawsuit filed against the EPA by California.

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Bill criminalizing lying about age OK’d

The House gave final approval Tuesday to legislation making it a crime for adults to misrepresent their age while communicating on the Internet or a cell phone.

HB2129 is aimed at those who say they are younger than 18 while communicating with minors.

Lying about one’s age, by itself, would not be illegal.

But doing so while trying to lure a minor into a meeting or trafficking in pornography could result in a prison term of 3 1/2 years.

The measure now goes to the governor.

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Governor approves nixing motorcycle testing

Motorcycle owners living in Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County may no longer have to get their vehicles’ emissions tested, under the terms of legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Janet Napolitano.

Arizona law generally requires the testing of all vehicles 1967 and newer in the two metropolitan areas with the highest air pollution.

Motorcycles were removed from the Pima County testing area two years ago after the EPA concluded that would not affect air pollution. But a request for a similar waiver for the Maricopa-Pinal area was not approved.

This measure says the emission testing of motorcycles will stop — but only if the EPA approves the change by July 1, 2010.

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House OKs ‘God’ license plate message

The House gave final approval Tuesday to legislation that could allow creation of state license plates with the message “In God We Trust.”

HB2046 directs the state Motor Vehicle Division to produce the plates if any group comes up with the $32,000 to design them.

The plates, like all specialty plates, would cost an extra $25 a year, with $7 going to MVD to cover costs and the balance going to the state highway fund.

The bill now goes to the governor.

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