Wisconsin lawmakers took another step Tuesday toward creating a network of electric vehicle charging stations across the state, the Associated Press reports, passing a pair of bills that would make it easier for businesses to operate the stations and free up nearly $80 million in federal construction aid.

The Senate passed both Republican-authored bills 30–2 with no debate. The legislation now goes to the Assembly. A host of groups have registered in favor of the bills, including 7-Eleven Inc., the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, Kwik Trip Inc., and environmental group Clean Wisconsin. No organizations have registered against the bills.

The first bill would exempt businesses that set up charging stations from regulation as public utilities and require anyone running a charging station to obtain a permit from the state Department of Revenue.

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