AB 579

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2023-2024 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly May 31, 2023
  • Senate
  • Governor

Schoolbuses: zero-emission vehicles.


Existing law authorizes state funds, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to be distributed to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for distribution to certain local educational agencies for the purchase of low- or zero-emission schoolbuses that replace, or increase the number of, schoolbuses in the existing schoolbus fleet or for retrofitting existing schoolbuses to achieve reductions in emissions, as specified. This bill would require, commencing January 1, 2035, 100% of all newly purchased or contracted schoolbuses of a school district, county office of education, or charter school to be zero-emission vehicles, where feasible. The bill would, in order to comply with that requirement, authorize local educational agencies, as defined, to request a one-time extension for a term not to exceed 5 years if a local educational agency determines that the purchase or contracting of a zero-emission schoolbus is not feasible due to both terrain and route constraints, provided that certain conditions are met. To the extent this requirement imposes additional duties on local educational agencies in connection with federally required pupil transportation services that go beyond the requirements in federal law, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Existing law requires a continuing contract for pupil transportation services in school districts or schoolbus lease or rental to not exceed a 5-year term, or for a schoolbus lease or rental contract containing a purchase or cancel option, as specified, not to exceed a 10-year term. For the furnishing of transportation of pupils in school districts to and from school using schoolbuses that are zero-emission vehicles and for the lease or rental of schoolbuses that are zero-emission vehicles, the bill would extend the term limit to 15 years for a continuing contract and to 20 years for a schoolbus lease or rental contract containing a purchase or cancel option, as specified. The bill also would apply these contracting provisions to county offices of education and charter schools. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Bill Sponsors (1)



Jun 01, 2023


In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

May 31, 2023


Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 61. Noes 14.)

May 18, 2023


Read second time. Ordered to third reading.


From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 11. Noes 3.) (May 18).

May 03, 2023


In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Apr 26, 2023


In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Mar 30, 2023


From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (March 29). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Mar 16, 2023


In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

Mar 14, 2023


Re-referred to Com. on ED.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ED.

Mar 13, 2023


From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on ED. Read second time and amended.

Feb 17, 2023


Referred to Com. on ED.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ED.

Feb 09, 2023


From printer. May be heard in committee March 11.

Feb 08, 2023


Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
02/08/23 - Introduced PDF
03/13/23 - Amended Assembly PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
03/27/23- Assembly Education PDF
05/01/23- Assembly Appropriations PDF


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