Maine LD 824: An Act Regarding Ethanol Motor Fuel

LD 824 (subjects: FUELS , ETHANOL )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=824&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Beth O’Connor of Berwick: (R – District 5) — e-mail | Facebook

25 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/10/2015 House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/11/2015 Senate On motion by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin , REFERRED to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, in concurrence.
4/16/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
4/23/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-74).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/28/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED , in concurrence.
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (H-74) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence.
ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/29/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-74), in concurrence.
Ordered sent down forthwith.
4/30/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/5/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 53 34 Yeas – 0 Nays- 1 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
5/19/2015 House This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?”
ROLL CALL NO. 82V
66 having voted in the affirmative and 79 in the negative, with 6 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 824 as originally introduced. L.D. 824 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-74) .

An Act Regarding Ethanol Motor Fuel

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 10 MRSA 1457, sub- 4 is enacted to read:

4. Conventional motor fuel. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a motor fuel distributor, franchisor or refiner may not impose any condition, restriction, agreement or understanding that prohibits or limits the sale, resale, transfer or purchase of conventional, ethanol-free motor fuel products in the State.

Sec. 2. Stakeholder group; report. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection, referred to in this section as “the commissioner,” shall convene a stakeholder group to conduct a study regarding motor fuel and fuel additives, including but not limited to acetaldehyde in ethanol motor fuel. The commissioner, the Commissioner of Transportation, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and the chair of the Public Utilities Commission, or their designees, shall serve as members of the stakeholder group, and the commissioner shall invite the participation of interested persons and groups, including but not limited to consumer protection groups, small businesses, motor vehicle dealers and owners of motor fuel refueling stations. The stakeholder group shall specifically:

1. Review the extent to which the State is in compliance with the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 with respect to the emissions of acetaldehyde produced by the combustion of ethanol motor fuel;

2. Examine whether an increase from 10% ethanol to 15% ethanol in gasoline blends will increase the level of acetaldehyde emissions and decrease the State’s ability to comply with the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990;

3. Conduct a comprehensive review of the statewide costs associated with acetaldehyde in ethanol motor fuel, including but not limited to the corrosive effects of acetaldehyde on small engines, the effects of acetaldehyde on marine resources in the State and the negative impact such effects have on business in the State;

4. Examine the impact of federal subsidies for corn used to produce ethanol on the cost of food locally and globally;

5. Compare the net energy value of corn-derived ethanol to that of ethanol derived from other products, such as other grains or algae;

6. Explore alternatives to ethanol motor fuel, including but not limited to biofuels developed from wood pulp; and

7. Develop a plan to reduce the supply of ethanol motor fuel in the State.

The commissioner shall report the stakeholder group’s findings and recommendations regarding the study, including any proposed implementing legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources by December 1, 2015. The committee may report out a bill relating to those recommendations to the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature.

summary

This bill amends the law regarding ethanol-enhanced motor fuel to clarify that a motor fuel distributor, franchisor or refiner may not impose any condition, restriction, agreement or understanding that prohibits or limits the sale, resale, transfer or purchase of conventional, ethanol-free motor fuel products in the State. The bill also directs the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to convene a stakeholder group to conduct a study regarding motor fuel and fuel additives, including but not limited to acetaldehyde in ethanol motor fuel. The stakeholder group is directed to study the State’s compliance with the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 with respect to emissions of acetaldehyde produced by the combustion of ethanol motor fuel, and conduct a comprehensive review of the statewide costs associated with the acetaldehyde in ethanol motor fuel, including the corrosive effects of acetaldehyde on small engines, the effects of acetaldehyde on marine resources in the State and the negative impact such effects have on business in the State. The commissioner shall report the stakeholder group’s findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources by December 1, 2015. The committee may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature.

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