SACRAMENTO, Calif.-A bill that would add $2 on each new tire sold in the state was essentially tabled when the Senate Governmental Organization Committee held the bill for ``interim study.'' California tire dealers had adamantly opposed the $2 tire fee proposal, which was backed by representatives of the Modesto Energy Project tires-to-energy facility and would have established an incentive payment program to scrap tire recyclers and tires-to-energy projects.
However, the Senate committee did pass an Assembly bill that would shift a 25-cent fee, currently charged for each worn tire left with retailers, to the point of sale of new tires. The bill would reimburse tire dealers 10-percent of the fee for administrative costs.
The bill is sponsored by the California Cement Manufacturers Environmental Coalition, which represents plants that burn tires as supplemental fuel. The bill is expected to reach the Senate floor for a vote before the legislature recesses July 5.
The Western States Tire & Automotive Service Association said it successfully lobbied to reinstate the 10-percent dealer reimbursement in the alternative bill.