HOUSE BILL No. 1126
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 5-22-5-8; IC 15-7-10.
Synopsis: Biofuels. Requires the use of blended biodiesel fuel in state
vehicles and tractors when feasible. Establishes the biofuels task force
as a permanent legislative study group operating under the policies of
the legislative council.
Effective: July 1, 2004.
Heim, Grubb, Friend
January 13, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative
Second Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2004)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1126
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
agriculture and animals.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 5-22-5-8; (04)IN1126.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 5-22-5-8, AS ADDED BY P.L.274-2001,
SECTION 1, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 8. (a) This section does not apply to a political
(b) As used in this section, "blended biodiesel" has the meaning
set forth in IC 6-3.1-27-2.
(b) (c) As used in this section, "ethanol" means agriculturally
derived ethyl alcohol.
(c) (d) As used in this section, "gasohol" means gasoline that
(1) at least ten percent (10%) ethanol; or
(2) ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) additives derived from
(d) (e) As used in this section, "gasoline fueled vehicle" refers to a
vehicle that is capable of using gasoline to fuel its primary motor.
(e) (f) As used in this section, "vehicle" includes the following:
(1) An automobile.
(2) A truck.
(3) A tractor.
(f) (g) Except as provided by subsection (g), (i), a governmental
body shall whenever possible purchase gasohol to fuel the gasoline
fueled vehicles owned or operated by the governmental body.
(h) Except as provided by subsection (i), a governmental body
shall whenever possible purchase blended biodiesel fuel to fuel the
diesel fueled vehicles owned or operated by the governmental body.
(g) (i) The following vehicles are exempt from the requirements of
subsection (f): subsections (g) and (h):
(1) A vehicle that is leased by the governmental body for thirty
(30) days or less.
(2) A vehicle whose official operating manual, as issued by the
manufacturer of the vehicle, contains a statement that the use of
gasohol or blended biodiesel fuel will damage the engine of the
(3) A vehicle that:
(A) is primarily powered by
a diesel or an electric motor; or
(B) can use only propane, compressed or liquified natural gas,
or methanol as its fuel source.
SOURCE: IC 15-7-10; (04)IN1126.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 15-7-10 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
Chapter 10. Biofuels Task Force
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "biofuels" includes biodiesel,
ethanol, and other agriculture based alternatives to petroleum
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "task force" refers to the biofuels
task force established by this chapter.
Sec. 3. The biofuels task force is established.
Sec. 4. The task force consists of eleven (11) members as follows:
(1) Two (2) members of the house of representatives
appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
(2) Two (2) members of the house of representatives
appointed by the minority leader of the house of
(3) Two (2) members of the senate appointed by the president
pro tempore of the senate.
(4) Two (2) members of the senate appointed by the minority
leader of the senate.
(5) Three (3) members appointed by the governor.
Sec. 5. In making appointments under this chapter, the governor
shall give special consideration to persons who are members of or
who represent the following organizations or interest groups:
(1) Farm organizations.
(2) Fat and oil processors.
(3) Petroleum producers and refiners.
(4) Environmental and public health interest groups.
(5) Grower organizations.
(6) Research and education experts.
Sec. 6. Each member of the task force serves at the pleasure of
the person who appointed the member.
Sec. 7. The task force shall operate under the legislative
council's policies governing study committees.
Sec. 8. The legislative services agency shall serve as staff to the
Sec. 9. The task force shall do the following:
(1) Investigate methods to increase research, development,
production, and use of biofuels.
(2) Advise the commissioner of agriculture on matters related
(3) Give priority consideration to review of biofuel projects
and policies that will provide maximum economic and
environmental benefits to Indiana.
(4) Submit recommendations to the legislative council and to
legislative committees that have subject matter jurisdiction
over biofuel matters as directed by the legislative council. The
submissions to the legislative council must be in an electronic
format under IC 5-14-6.