CULVER CITY (CBS / AP) — California regulators have ordered a 3 1/2 cent gas tax hike to take effect this summer.

The Sacramento Bee reported that the state Board of Equalization on Thursday voted 3-2 to increase at the end of its three day meeting in Culver City.

The state excise tax on a gallon of gas is now 39 1/2 cents a gallon.

The state Legislature passed a law in 2010 requiring the board to adjust the excise tax each March. The increase takes effect on July 1.

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