Legislation that began in Florida as
H.B. 4001 and sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) was signed by Governor Rich Scott
(R) on May 31. The new law repeals a
five-year old statue requiring all state service stations to sell gasoline
containing an established percentage of ethanol. "The law, which fined retailers for not
selling gasoline with ethanol blends and requires a minimum percentage of
ethanol additives, is one more unneeded mandate that causes harm to many
trailered recreational boats. This
repeal takes a bad law off the books and should allow distributors to bring
more unblended gas accessible to boats.
MRAA applauds Rep. Gaetz and Governor Scott for their long quest to
repeal this ethanol requirement,” Gruhn said.
Service stations can
elect to sell gasoline containing ethanol if they wish, according to Rep Gaetz.
MRAA also thanks Senator
Greg Evans (R) for sponsoring the Senate version of the bill.