Committee rules electric car chargers off-limits on Colorado Capitol grounds

DENVER - Electric cars are welcome at the Colorado Capitol -- but not the machines to charge them.

A legislative committee has rejected a proposal to allow charging stations in a parking lot on Capitol grounds. The opposing lawmakers say that tax money shouldn't be used for charging stations accessible only to lawmakers and state staff.

Supporters said the cost would have been minimal -- possibly even free, if they'd pursued donations. Supporters said charging stations would have sent a message that Colorado embraces renewable energy.

The Capital Development Committee is made of six lawmakers who must approve any change to the Capitol grounds, such as a new statue. The Committee's 3-3 tie vote on electric car chargers means lawmakers didn't give permission for their installation, no matter the cost.


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