PALO ALTO — California made a major play on Thursday to land a Tesla Motors “gigafactory” by introducing legislation that would enable the state government to wield an array of incentives and regulatory changes to attract the massive battery plant.
Two state lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to clear away red tape and regulatory hurdles and to dangle financial incentives in front of Tesla. The bill, SB1309, is co-authored by state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, and state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.
“I am confident we can get the gigafactory in California,” Gaines said in a telephone interview with this newspaper. “We have the motivation in the Legislature. Let’s get the approval done and let’s get these 6,500 well-paying, middle-class jobs in the state.”