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CS/SB 90 — Natural Gas Rebate Program

by Appropriations Committee and Senator Simpson

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committee (CU)

The bill amends s. 377.810, F.S., to authorize the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (department) to receive additional applications between June 1 and June 30 from applicants that have met the program maximum of $250,000 per fiscal year.

Government applicants will have preference and remaining funds may be used by commercial applicants. Eligible applicants may apply for additional funds for vehicles that have not received a rebate, for a maximum rebate of $25,000 per vehicle up to a total of $250,000, awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all appropriated funds are expended.

Any unencumbered funds remaining in the natural gas fuel fleet vehicle rebate program after June 30 of each fiscal year will revert to the General Revenue Fund.

The department will not require additional resources to implement the provisions in this bill.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2016.

Vote: Senate 39-0; House 110-5