Consumers’ gas tanks could soon be filled with more gas and less ethanol, thanks to a senate bill that has gained momentum.
With the passage of Florida Senate bill 320, House Representative Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, has accomplished what he set out to do two years ago: repeal the Florida ethanol mandate.
“It’s nice to put a bow around our two year fight to give people freedom at the gas pump,” said Gaetz in an interview.
Gaetz filed House Bill 4001, Florida Renewable Fuel Standard Act on Dec. 4, 2012.
Repealing the ethanol mandate has been a passion of Gaetz’s, and he continued his efforts this legislative session after failing to get the mandate repealed in the 2012 session.
Senator Greg Evers, R-Pensacola, filed the senate companion bill, SB 320 on Jan. 16. The House bill was passed on April 12, and the senate bill passed on April 24.
The bill removes a “mandate for terminal suppliers, importers, blenders and wholesalers to sell or offer to sell only blended gasoline. The CS (committee substitute) encourages those entities to sell or offer to sell blended gasoline,” according to the bill analysis.