Electric vehicle bill supported by Rep. Muri signed into law

Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom, stood with Gov. Jay Inslee and other lawmakers Monday as the governor signed legislation aimed at increasing the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Washington. Muri was a co-sponsor of the measure, HB 1853.

The new law authorizes a financial incentive for utilities to invest in and build the infrastructure necessary to power charging stations for EVs. It allows utilities to receive an additional, limited rate of return on such investments.

“EVs have great potential in terms of cost-savings for customers, a cleaner environment and energy independence,” said Muri. “This incentive is a smart way to 'prime the pump' and make EVs that much more attractive to drivers.

“The more people buy EVs, the less we'll have to rely on oil from unfriendly nations. And with most of Washington state's air pollution caused by the transportation sector, EVs can help us reduce those pollutants.”

Reps. Muri and Magendanz at bill-signing for EV incentive measure

Rep. Dick Muri (at left) at the bill-signing for HB 1853


Washington State House Republican Communications