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GA lawmakers consider changes to electric car tax credits

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By KATHLEEN FOODY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's $5,000 tax credit for electric vehicles is the subject of three bills proposed by lawmakers.

One lawmaker wants to end the credit for any cars sold after July 1. Others want to phase it out during the next several years or allow more types of alternative fuel cars to get credit.

The debate comes as other states mull similar credits to boost electric vehicles sales. The U.S. Energy Department also is working to lower the upfront cost of the alternatives to traditional cars.

Republican Rep. Chuck Martin says the state is picking winners and losers by keeping the credit. Only certain vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf, are eligible.

A bill ending the credit by 2020 also has been proposed. Supporters say that bill is better for a growing market.

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