HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A key legislative committee has approved legislation intended to improve Connecticut’s infrastructure for electric cars.

The General Assembly’s Transportation Committee passed the bill on a 28-1 vote, sending it to the Senate for further action. The bill would require updating the state building code to address the need to electrically charge the vehicles.

It also requires the state’s Office of Policy and Management to develop a plan to promote electric vehicle use and help encourage the installation of charging stations. Additionally, it creates a sales tax exemption for hydrogen fuel cell and electric passenger cars sold between July 1 and July 1, 2013.

Lawmakers stripped a provision to open the state’s high-occupancy vehicle lanes to single-occupant hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles, saying federal law would prevent it.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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