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In the third week of this General Assembly, we really hit the ground running working on the Governor’s proposal bills. Our main focus this week was to pass through House Study Bill 594, which was about biofuels. With HSB 594, every compatible to E-15 gas station in the state would be required to offer so much E-15 gasoline, an efficient and more environmentally friendly fuel, by 2026. New gas stations will be required to plan for and build with the capacity for E-15 gasoline. For companies without compatible equipment, there is a waiver option that allows them to not participate. The bill prioritizes funding for infrastructure for the gas retailers that cannot afford to upgrade their equipment. There is a budget for this already for other improvements to gas retailers, but this will increase this budget as needed. We have worked hard since last year to correct the language in the bill to fit everyone’s needs, and this year I am very happy with where the bill is. The bill passed through the Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday, and it should be ready to hit the house floor for debate. This bill has been in the works for a while, and I am glad to see it start its way through the process, even if we have to continue making adjustments to it. House Study Bill 594 will be great for our ethanol industries, our consumers, and Iowa agriculture. The availability of a new, more efficient and eco-friendly fuel option will be great for the state, and I am excited for to see this bill move forward.

This week I also had the opportunity to meet with several college students. The students were with Iowa Corn, an organization lobbying on agriculture issues in the state. I enjoyed meeting and discussing agriculture legislation with these students, including Iowa Central student Kristin Schaefer from Jones County. Thank you, students, for your time!

Author: Lee Hein

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2 COMMENTS

  1. […] I thought for sure I was reading it wrong but right there it is – the Iowa legislature MANDATING to private companies!  It was my understanding throughout this entire pandemic the Iowa legislature’s stance was it does NOT feel that is should make laws mandating to private companies.  I don’t like to think how this change may have come about, but it would appear it ALSO has something to do with lobbyists as per the recent newsletter from Representative Lee Hein – https://theiowastandard.com/rep-hein-law-forcing-gas-stations-to-offer-e-15-gas-moves/?fbclid=IwAR05… […]

  2. Gas stations should NOT be forced to offer this. If they choose to make the expense, that is another story. FORCING them seems like a Marxist/Socialist mandate not unlike mandatory Vax and masking.

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