Latest on California HOV legislation
Concerning the Dec. 9 post above, I wouldn't run to the CA DMV just yet. While the CA law would allow the DMV to start issuing decals to hybrid vehicles after Jan. 1, 2005, the DMV can only do so after the Feds approve a similar provision (as has been correctly pointed out above).
As of today, both the House ( Bill No. HR 5389) and Senate (Bill No. S 3001) versions are still working through the system. You can check the latest status at the US Congress Bill Information website at thomas.loc.gov (just type in the bill numbers above).