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Assemblyman Kevin Kiley Issues Statement on Supermajority’s Bizarre Vote to “Strike” AB 1638

Press Release

by ECT

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) issued the following statement following an extraordinary Assembly motion to “strike from the file” his bill to immediately suspend the gas tax and save Californians over 50 cents per gallon at the pump.

“The scheme to turn my gas tax suspension bill into a tax increase has been met with disbelief across our state. Today, the Supermajority tried to mitigate the political damage with a highly unusual motion to erase their proposal from the record. But struggling Californians will not soon forget that as gas prices reached $6 per gallon, their representatives tried to impose even higher taxes. There is one way for the Legislature to redeem itself: pass my original proposal to suspend the gas tax immediately.”

After the State Assembly twice voted down an effort to proceed with a gas tax suspension, last week the Assembly Transportation Committee voted to force amendments on the bill without the consent of its author, turning the gas tax relief measure into a tax increase. Following a strong public backlash, today the Supermajority preemptively voted to “strike” the original bill from the file before the tax-increase amendments went into print.

The bill remains un-amended and can be brought back up for a vote with a rule waiver any time prior to the house of origin deadline.

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes the Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado County communities of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Orangevale, Penryn, Rocklin, Roseville, and Sheridan.

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