SB 49

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2023-2024 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Dec 05, 2022
  • Senate
  • Assembly
  • Governor

Renewable energy: solar canopy tax incentives: Department of Transportation strategic plan.


(1) Existing state sales and use tax laws impose a tax on retailers measured by the gross receipts from the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state of, or on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, tangible personal property purchased from a retailer for storage, use, or other consumption in this state. The Sales and Use Tax Law provides various exemptions from those taxes. This bill would provide an exemption from those taxes for the sale and use of materials and supplies purchased to construct a qualified solar canopy project, as specified. (2) Existing law vests the Department of Transportation with full possession and control of all state highways and all property and rights in property acquired for state highway purposes. Existing law authorizes the department to lease, for up to 99 years, areas above or below state highways to public or private entities, as specified. Existing law also authorizes the department to issue certain permits for a state highway's right-of-way necessary for telegraph, telephone, or electrical lines or of any ditches, pipes, drains, sewers, or underground structures, unless otherwise specifically provided in the instrument conveying title. This bill would require the department, in coordination with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and the Public Utilities Commission, to develop a strategic plan to lease and license department-owned rights-of-way to public utilities or other entities to build and operate renewable energy generation facilities, energy storage facilities connected to renewable energy generation facilities, and electrical transmission facilities, as specified. (3) Existing law requires any bill authorizing a new tax expenditure to contain, among other things, specific goals, purposes, and objectives the tax expenditure will achieve, detailed performance indicators, and data collection requirements. This bill would provide findings to comply with the additional information requirement for any bill authorizing a new tax expenditure. (4) The Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law authorizes counties and cities to impose local sales and use taxes in conformity with the Sales and Use Tax Law, and existing laws authorize districts, as specified, to impose transactions and use taxes in accordance with the Transactions and Use Tax Law, which generally conforms to the Sales and Use Tax Law. Amendments to the Sales and Use Tax Law are automatically incorporated into the local tax laws. Existing law requires the state to reimburse counties and cities for revenue losses caused by the enactment of sales and use tax exemptions. This bill would provide that, notwithstanding Section 2230 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, no appropriation is made and the state shall not reimburse any local agencies for sales and use tax revenues lost by them pursuant to this bill.

Bill Sponsors (1)


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Mar 30, 2023


Set for hearing April 11.

Mar 29, 2023


Re-referred to Coms. on TRANS. and GOV. & F.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on TRANS. and GOV. & F.

Mar 21, 2023


From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Jan 18, 2023


Referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Dec 06, 2022


From printer. May be acted upon on or after January 5.

Dec 05, 2022


Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

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12/05/22 - Introduced PDF
03/21/23 - Amended Senate PDF

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