Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1126

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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 Procedures.







Introduced

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 subdivision.
     (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 contains:
        (1) at least ten percent (10%) ethanol; or
        (2) ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) additives derived from ethanol.
    (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 vehicle.
        (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 A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]:
     Chapter 10. Biofuels Task Force
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "biofuels" includes biodiesel, ethanol, and other agriculture based alternatives to petroleum based fuels.
    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 representatives.
        (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.
        (7) Consumers.
    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 task force.
    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 to biofuels.
        (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.