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Engine Bill Update

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- New information about a bill that would have us paying a new fee, depending on the size of the engine in our cars. The new fee would have you pay a certain amount per year, based on the size of your engine.

So, if you drive a car with a 4-cylinder engine, you would pay a lot less than someone driving something with a big V8. A Ford Explorer has a 4-liter engine and comes in at $275.

Most Suburban have a 5.7-liter engine and would be $325. And, a Ram Heavy Duty 2500, with a 6.1-liter engine, would come at a heavy price, $400 a year. Not a welcome thought for people already paying over $200 a month just in gas. 

Jamie Maine pays that much in gas and would pay over $300 for the new tax. She says,  "Just give us a break. We're hard-working Americans. Just give us a break."

The good news for big engine drivers is that the bill is stalled in the Washington State Senate. It missed a February 19th deadline and more than likely will have to wait until the next legislative session. But drivers say, they don't think this will be the last car fee lawmakers will try.

Christine Miller says would pay $70 for the new fee. She says,  "I really don't like the idea. I think we should make good choices about how we use fuel but it just seems like this is limiting what we are allowed to have."

The bill could make it through this session but legislative officials say that is extremely unlikely. Until then, truck and SUV drivers can rest easy.