Senate Version of Florida Bill to Eliminate Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline to be Considered by Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee on April 9

Having been approved by the Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committee, the Senate version of legislation (S.B. 320) to repeal the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol will be considered by the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.  The House version of the bill (H.B. 4001) has been sent to the floor of the Florida House of Representatives for a vote by all members.  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.

If You Have Not Done So Already, Please Contact All Members of the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Support for S.B. 320

  • S.B. 320 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.
     
  • S.B. 320 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.
     
  • S.B. 320 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 ConservationCommittee to request support for S.B. 320.  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. 

Florida 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

 

Senator Charlie Dean, Sr. (Chair)

Phone: (850) 487-5005

Email: dean.charles.web@flsenate.gov

 

Senator Joseph Abruzzo (Vice-Chair)

Phone: (850) 487-5025

Email: abruzzo.joseph.web@flsenate.gov

 

Senator Thad Altman

Phone: (850) 487-5016

Email: altman.thad.web@flsenate.gov

 

Senator Dwight Bullard

Phone: (850) 487-5039

Email: bullard.dwight.web@flsenate.gov

 

Senator Andy Gardiner

Phone: (850) 487-5013

Email: gardiner.andy.web@flsenate.gov

 

Senator Denise Grimsley

Phone: (850) 487-5021

Email: grimsley.denise.web@flsenate.gov

 

Senator Jack Latvala

Phone: (850) 487-5020

Email: latvala.jack.web@flsenate.gov

 

Senator Wilton Simpson

Phone: (850) 487-5018

Email: simpson.wilton.web@flsenate.gov

 

Senator Darren Soto

Phone: (850) 487-5014

Email: soto.darren.web@flsenate.gov

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