More California Lawmakers Driving 'Green'

With Nunez at the forefront, more state legislators choose hybrids as official vehicles. They're statement cars now, an image consultant says.

Published: 20-Jan-2007

SACRAMENTO — If you are what you drive, California lawmakers are a newly green bunch.

They're swapping gas-sucking sport utility vehicles for gas-sipping hybrids as their official state cars.

Now that the lease on his Ford Explorer has expired, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez (D-Los Angeles) is driving a Toyota Prius. At least 38 of his fellow members also have chosen hybrids; only 10 have requested nonhybrid SUVs as their taxpayer-subsidized wheels.

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