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I didn't know this, thanks for letting us know.
I think the biggest impact will be the loss of all that smog-check business for the little shops everywhere. But yeah in practice for newer cars, all they do is check the OBD info and give it a pass. The fraction of newer cars that would fail is so tiny that the state couldn't justify making everybody go through the motions.
With my 1988 Porsche they had to put it on the dyno and run through the gears with a sniffer in the tailpipe... now that's a smog check.
When I took my 2005 QP for a smog, the guy wanted to give it back to me because "the check engine light stays on." I told him he had to be more patient, it's Italian.... he couldn't believe any car has such a long self-check with the engine light on.