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Arizona electric vehicle drivers may have to pay $135 registration fee

An Arizona House committee passed a bill that would impose a new $135 annual registration fee for electric vehicles. 

It aims to make up for the money that would go into state coffers to repair roads if EV drivers paid gasoline sales taxes.

Republican Representative Travis Grantham says he plans to vote for the measure.

"I actually believe there is still a wear-and-tear issue on our roads. I believe that we have to fund our roads. I believe that we have a responsibility to continuously upkeep our infrastructure," Grantham said. 

Gov. Katie Hobbs has previously indicated that she would support legislation that would compensate for what EV drivers don’t pay, but has not proposed any plans of her own. 

The fee would generate nearly $11 million a year for the fund that is used to maintain roads and build new ones.

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Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.