Florida law repeals ethanol mandate

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A Florida state lawmaker’s effort to repeal a requirement that all gasoline sold in the state have some ethanol in it has succeeded with the passage of a bill Gov. Rick Scott signed last Friday.

“It’s one more mandate off the books,” state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, who has been trying to achieve the repeal since he took office in 2010, told Northwest Florida Daily News.

Service stations can continue to sell gas containing ethanol if they wish, Gaetz said. Last year Gaetz neutered the 2008 law requiring ethanol use by getting legislation passed that said businesses could not be sanctioned for selling ethanol-free gas.

State Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, sponsored the Senate version of the repeal bill.

“Big news,” Evers said. “It’s a great thing for all the residents of Florida.”

He said the new law could lead to lower prices at the pump.

“Hopefully, it will allow jobbers and distributors to bring more unblended fuel in and make it more accessible for older cars, small engines and boats,” he said. “Hopefully, it will even lower the cost of unblended fuel.”

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