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Calif. lawmakers reject GOP push to cut gas prices by 50 cents per gallon

Facing historic high gas prices, California lawmakers rejected a parliamentary maneuver to expedite consideration of a bill to suspend the state’s highest-in-the-nation fuel tax.

By an 18-39 vote, members of the California State Assembly rejected a push by Assembly GOP Leader James Gallagher (R–Yuba City) and Asm. Kevin Kiley (R–Rocklin) to consider Assembly Bill 1638.

Under the bill, California’s imposition of the motor vehicle fuel tax would be suspended for a six month window.

The bill would transfer funds from the state’s General Fund to make up for the shortfall in gas tax revenues to pay for highway improvements.

Here’s how local lawmakers voted on the gas tax suspension:

  • Joaquin Arambula (D–Fresno): No Vote Recorded
  • Frank Bigelow (R–O’Neals): Yes
  • Heath Flora (R–Ripon): No Vote Recorded
  • Vince Fong (R–Bakersfield): Yes
  • Adam Gray (D–Merced): No Vote Recorded
  • Devon Mathis (R–Porterville): Yes
  • Jim Patterson (R–Fresno): Yes
  • Rudy Salas (D–Bakersfield): No Vote Recorded
  • Carlos Villapudua (D–Stockton): No Vote Recorded
Reid Stone is a contributing reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun.