Support Electric Vehicles for State Agencies and Equal Tax Breaks for Solar Leasers


Here’s a chance to give a big thumbs up in the Request to Speak system at the Arizona State Legislature.


If you have registered for Request to Speak, this is your opportunity to weigh in on the following bills in committee this week. (See directions on RTS here.)

(To register for a Request to Speak account: NOTE: It may take a day or two for someone to go to the capitol to sign you up, so do it now you may be able participate by Wednesday or Thursday.)

You can weigh in on the following bills anytime now or while they are in the committee meeting.

Wednesday, March 20th at 2:00 PM

House Committee on Transportation
SB1442 state fleet; neighborhood electric vehicles (Pratt) states that when agencies request vehicles, preference will be given to electric neighborhood vehicles unless they demonstrate it will not fit their needs. This seems like a good idea to reduce pollution and burning fossil fuels. SUPPORT.

Senate Committee on Finance
HB2493 appraisal methods; solar energy devices (Cobb) clarifies that leased solar rooftop systems are not subject to property tax, just as those systems owned by the property owner are not subject to property tax. This is a question of equity. Why give a tax break to those who can afford to buy a system outright versus those who cannot afford to buy and who lease instead? Why make solar less affordable for those with lower incomes or less upfront capital? SUPPORT.

If you haven’t registered for Request to Speak…

You can also call or email the following members of the Senate Finance Committee and ask them to support HB2493. If they say they are supporting it, also thank them.

Senator Lela Alston
Senator Sean Bowie
Senator Paul Boyer
Senator Lupe Contreras
Senator David Farnsworth
Senator Vince Leach
Senator David Livingston
Senator JD Mesnard
Senator Martin Quezada

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Jana Segal
While tending my desert garden, I became a sort of citizen scientist observing the impact of rising temperatures and declining rainfall in Tucson. I’m convinced we need to do everything we can to lessen the impact of climate change now. I share my journey to living a more sustainable lifestyle on my blog Sustainable Living Tucson. That includes blogging about what I have learned about sustainable practices like water-harvesting and clean energy. I am currently writing a play about Tucson feeling the impact of climate change. As a member of Sustainable Tucson’s core team, I help to organize programs on sustainable practices and environmental issues. I was invited to attend the Pima Department of Environmental Quality's Green Infrastructure planning meetings as a citizen advocate – after speaking up at City Council and Board of Supervisors meetings. Sustainable Tucson’s advocacy team recently fought the installation of 10 natural gas generators at the Irvington plant. I also rally my friends on social media to become active too by posting Calls to Action from my blog Desktop Activist Tucson.


  1. While electric vehicles seem like a good idea a lot depends on the source of the electricity to charge their batteries. They are not near as good for the environment if their batteries are being charged by electricity generated at a coal fired power plant. Perhaps this legislation should be amended to require sustainable recharging stations.

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