Carl Moyer Program Legislation

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SB 513 (2015)

This legislation resulted from the findings of the joint ARB/local air district program evaluation required by AB 8. Several areas of improvement were identified during the program evaluation, and so SB 513 resulted in a wide variety of changes to the Moyer Program including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Additional flexibility was given to the local air districts in how they must spend the vehicle registration fees collected through AB 923;
  • Local air districts that collect AB 923 fees would be able to use those funds to maintain attainment;
  • Enabled co-funding of projects with Carl Moyer Program funds and funds from other incentive programs;
  • Infrastructure projects were made eligible for funding, and additional categories of equipment could be made eligible for funding with Board approval;
  • The Board could adjust the cost-effectiveness limit through the public process.

AB 8 (2014)

This legislation extended a portion of the funding that supports the Carl Moyer Program from through January 1, 2024. It also directed that ARB, in consultation with the local air districts, convene working groups no later than July 1, 2014 to evaluate the Program's policies and goals. The work group identified several areas in which the program could be made even more effective.


AB 1507 (2010)

This legislation required ARB to revise the Guidelines by July 1, 2011, to allow for the combination of Carl Moyer Program funds with funds designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal program or the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program without including them in the cost-effective calculation for the Carl Moyer Program funds. Such revisions are included in the 2011 Guidelines.


SB 225 (2006)

This legislation increases allowable expenditures for program administration from the two percent of program funds that was dedicated to program outreach to five percent for air districts with one million or more inhabitants and to 10 percent for those with less than one million inhabitants. SB 225 also updates the criteria by which Carl Moyer Program funds are allocated to air districts and allows ARB to adjust the program cost-effectiveness limit based on changes to the state consumer price index.


SB 1107 (2005)

This legislation adjusted the smog abatement fee from $6 to $12 while extending the newer-vehicle Smog Check exemption. This additional fee is directed to fund the Carl Moyer Program, securing up to $60 million in annual funding for the program. (HSC section 44091.1).


AB 923 (2004)

This change in state law expanded the Carl Moyer incentive program to include agricultural sources of air pollution as well as cars and light-duty trucks. AB 923 also expanded the program to include hydrocarbon and particulate matter pollution. Finally, AB 923 provides additional funding for the Moyer Program from an adjustment to the tire fee, and authorizes local air districts to increase motor vehicle registration fees by up to $2 for programs to reduce air pollution. Combined with continuing funding that was provided in the fiscal year 2004-2005 budget (SB1107), up to $120 million a year of incentive funding is available to help clean up California's air through 2015.


AB 1394 (2004)

This legislation expanded the Carl Moyer program to include heavy-duty fleet modernization projects that reduce emissions of NOx or particulate matter.


SB 700 (2003)

On September 22, 2003, Governor Davis signed legislation (SB 700) that removed the exemption from permitting agricultural sources from State law.


Proposition 40 (2002)

In the spring of 2002, California voters passed Proposition 40, the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act. Proposition 40 allocates $50 million to the ARB over two years for distribution to air districts for projects that "affect air quality in state and local parks and recreation areas" in accordance with the Carl Moyer guidelines. Of these funds, the governor allocated $25 million to the ARB for the 2002 / 2003 fiscal year. Furthermore, AB 425 directs that 20 percent of the Proposition 40 funds made available to the ARB shall be allocated for the acquisition of "clean, safe, school buses for use in California's public schools that serve pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive." This appropriation provides $5 million for the purchase of new, lower-emitting school buses (45-50) statewide.


AB 1390 (2001)

This legislation required any air quality management district or air pollution control district with a population of one million residents or greater to expend not less than 50 percent of the moneys appropriated in a manner that directly reduces air contaminants or the public health risks associated with air contaminants, in communities with the most significant exposure to air contaminants or localized air contaminants, or both, including communities of minority populations or low-income populations or both.