Prohibits Condominium Associations, Historic District Commissions and Neighborhood Conservation Districts from banning or unreasonably restricting an owner from installing an electric vehicle charging station to charge their electric vehicle.

While the bill preserves the right of these local and private decision-making entities to regulate siting decisions, it does reduce their authority from being able to outright ban new installations of charging stations.

“As the commonwealth moves away from gas powered vehicles, we are going to need increased access to charging stations,” said sponsor Michelle Ciccolo (D-Lexington). “With 40 percent of emissions coming out of transportation systems in the state, it is essential that we do everything we can to make owning and operating an electric vehicle as seamless as owning a gas vehicle. For that reason, we can’t have local siting boards prioritize aesthetics over access to charging.”

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