Florida Bill to Eliminate Ethanol Requirement Approved by House

Legislation (H.B. 4001) to repeal the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by the House of Representatives on a 77 – 39 vote.  Currently, the Florida Renewable Fuels Standard requires that all gasoline sold or offered for sale by a terminal supplier, importer, blender or wholesaler in Florida contain 9-10 percent ethanol, or other alternative fuel, by volume.  The bill will now be sent to two Senate committees for consideration.

Please Contact All Members of the Environmental Preservation and Conservation and the Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committees (List Below) Immediately to Request Support for H.B. 4001

  • H.B. 4001 recognizes that ethanol increases water formation which can then corrode metals, plastics and rubber, especially over a period of time when the vehicle is not used.  Current high performance specialty parts along with pre-model year 2001 cars and parts may be most susceptible to corrosion.
     
  • H.B. 4001 recognizes that the life span of vehicles and equipment can be dramatically reduced with the wrong fuel and that owners could be confronted with break downs. Anti-corrosion additives are available for each purchase of gasoline but can become expensive, burdensome and require consumer education.
     
  • H.B. 4001 recognizes that while the current ethanol mandate does not apply to fuel used in collector vehicles, off-road vehicles, motorcycles or small engines, there has been an inability to obtain unblended gasoline for engines that may be damaged by ethanol.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact all members of the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation and the Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committeesto request support for H.B. 4001.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance. 

Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee

To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:

dean.charles.web@flsenate.gov; abruzzo.joseph.web@flsenate.gov; altman.thad.web@flsenate.gov; bullard.dwight.web@flsenate.gov; gardiner.andy.web@flsenate.gov; grimsley.denise.web@flsenate.gov; latvala.jack.web@flsenate.gov; simpson.wilton.web@flsenate.gov; soto.darren.web@flsenate.gov

Senate Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committee

To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:

flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov; garcia.rene.web@flsenate.gov; abruzzo.joseph.web@flsenate.gov; bean.aaron.web@flsenate.gov; evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov; gibson.audrey.web@flsenate.gov; hukill.dorothy.web@flsenate.gov; simpson.wilton.web@flsenate.gov; smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov

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