The state Assembly will no longer purchase foreign vehicles because of mechanical problems with some Toyota models.
The Assembly Rules Committee today (Thursday) voted to require the legislature vehicles mostly made in the USA.
Democratic Assemblymember Ted Lieu says there’s another reason for the new policy.
He says the state shouldn’t buy any more Toyotas because the company is closing a factory in the San Francisco Bay area...
Lieu: “I think its important that we try to keep and retain jobs in California. It’s important that if we are going to spend tax funds on these vehicles then at least fifty-percent or more of that vehicle should be manufactured in California...”
Lieu is hopeful a similar policy will be approved in the state senate.
He’s also asking state agencies to limit vehicle purchases to American made models.