Florida Senate - 2016                               CS for SB 90
       By the Committee on Appropriations; and Senator Simpson
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    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to a natural gas rebate program;
    3         amending s. 377.810, F.S.; authorizing the Department
    4         of Agriculture and Consumer Services to receive
    5         additional rebate applications from certain
    6         applicants; specifying preference for such
    7         applications; providing an effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Subsection (3) of section 377.810, Florida
   12  Statutes, is amended to read:
   13         377.810 Natural gas fuel fleet vehicle rebate program.—
   14         (3) NATURAL GAS FUEL FLEET VEHICLE REBATE.—The department
   15  shall award rebates for eligible costs as defined in this
   16  section. Forty percent of the annual allocation shall be
   17  reserved for governmental applicants, with the remaining funds
   18  allocated for commercial applicants. A rebate may not exceed 50
   19  percent of the eligible costs of a natural gas fuel fleet
   20  vehicle with a dedicated or bi-fuel natural gas fuel operating
   21  system placed into service on or after July 1, 2013. An
   22  applicant is eligible to receive a maximum rebate of $25,000 per
   23  vehicle up to a total of $250,000 per fiscal year. Between June
   24  1 and June 30 of each fiscal year, the department may receive
   25  additional applications from applicants that have met the
   26  program maximum of $250,000 per fiscal year. Those applicants
   27  may apply for additional funds for vehicles that have not
   28  received a rebate, for a maximum rebate of $25,000 per vehicle
   29  up to a total of $250,000. Governmental applicants shall have
   30  preference, and any other remaining funds may be used by
   31  commercial applicants. Rebates shall be allocated to eligible
   32  applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, determined by
   33  the date the department receives the application, until all
   34  appropriated funds for the fiscal year are expended. All natural
   35  gas fuel fleet vehicles eligible for the rebate must comply with
   36  applicable United States Environmental Protection Agency
   37  emission standards.
   38         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.