The Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association is raising some concerns over a proposed action being discussed by Governor Walz. Scott Lambert is the president of the association.

“The Governor wants to mandate California car emission standards,” said Lambert. “And he wants to do it by rule rather than by legislative action. Under this rule, we would have to live under the California air resources board rules regarding what type of vehicles we could buy and operate. We in Minnesota are very, very different than California.”

Lambert feels with issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest, this particular issue has been put on the backburner.

“We’ve asked the Governor to slow down but he’s pushing ahead anyway,” said Lambert. “And with the pandemic and with the civil unrest this issue hasn’t received a lot of attention, that’s why we’re out informing the people.”

Lambert says he expects the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to hold a hearing on the proposed new rule sometime this fall. He says if the rule goes through it will increase the average price of a car by 2500 dollars and will limit the supply of new gas-powered vehicles available to purchase in the state.