Florida Senate - 2024                                     SB 650
       By Senator Rodriguez
       40-01080A-24                                           2024650__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to alternative fuel fleet vehicle
    3         rebates; amending s. 377.810, F.S.; renaming the
    4         natural gas fuel fleet vehicle rebate program as the
    5         alternative fuel fleet vehicle rebate program;
    6         defining and redefining terms; revising the program to
    7         include rebates for certain fleet vehicles powered by
    8         alternative fuels, rather than only for fleet vehicles
    9         fueled by natural gas; requiring such fleet vehicles
   10         to comply with specified emission standards; requiring
   11         the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to
   12         adopt rules by a specified date; requiring the
   13         department to submit an annual assessment of the
   14         program to the Governor and the Legislature by a
   15         specified date; removing obsolete language; providing
   16         an effective date.
   18  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   20         Section 1. Section 377.810, Florida Statutes, is reordered
   21  and amended to read:
   22         377.810 Alternative Natural gas fuel fleet vehicle rebate
   23  program.—
   24         (1) CREATION AND PURPOSE OF PROGRAM.—There is created
   25  within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services an
   26  alternative a natural gas fuel fleet vehicle rebate program. The
   27  purpose of the this program is to help reduce transportation
   28  costs in this state and encourage freight mobility investments
   29  that contribute to the economic growth of the state.
   30         (2) DEFINITIONS.—For purposes of this section, the term:
   31         (b)(a) “Conversion costs” means the excess cost associated
   32  with retrofitting a diesel or gasoline powered motor vehicle to
   33  an alternative a natural gas fuel powered motor vehicle.
   34         (c)(b) “Department” means the Department of Agriculture and
   35  Consumer Services.
   36         (d)“Electric” means a power source that uses electricity
   37  produced by rechargeable storage batteries to power a motor
   38  vehicle.
   39         (e)(c) “Eligible costs” means the cost of conversion or the
   40  incremental cost incurred by an applicant in connection with an
   41  investment in the conversion, purchase, or lease lasting at
   42  least 5 years, of an alternative fuel a natural gas fleet
   43  vehicle placed into service on or after July 1, 2024 2013. The
   44  term does not include costs for project development, fueling
   45  stations, or other fueling infrastructure.
   46         (f)(d) “Fleet vehicles” means three or more motor vehicles
   47  registered in this state and used for commercial business or
   48  governmental purposes.
   49         (g)“Hybrid” means a power source that draws propulsion
   50  energy from onboard sources of stored energy in the form of an
   51  internal combustion or a heat engine using combustible fuel and
   52  a rechargeable energy-storage system to power a motor vehicle.
   53         (h)(e) “Incremental costs” means the excess costs
   54  associated with the purchase or lease of an alternative a
   55  natural gas fuel motor vehicle as compared to an equivalent
   56  diesel- or gasoline-powered motor vehicle.
   57         (i)“Motor vehicle” has the same meaning as in s.
   58  206.01(23).
   59         (a)(f) “Alternative Natural gas fuel” means any liquefied
   60  petroleum gas product; hybrid, electric, or compressed natural
   61  gas product;, or combination thereof used in a motor vehicle.
   62  The as defined in s. 206.01(23). This term includes, but is not
   63  limited to, all forms of fuel commonly or commercially known or
   64  sold as natural gasoline, butane gas, propane gas, or any other
   65  form of liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas, or
   66  liquefied natural gas. The This term does not include natural
   67  gas or liquefied petroleum placed in a separate tank of a motor
   68  vehicle for cooking, heating, water heating, or electric
   69  generation.
   71  department shall award rebates for eligible costs as defined in
   72  this section. Forty percent of the annual allocation must shall
   73  be reserved for governmental applicants, with the remaining
   74  funds allocated for commercial applicants. A rebate may not
   75  exceed 50 percent of the eligible costs of an alternative a
   76  natural gas fuel fleet vehicle with a dedicated alternative or
   77  bi-fuel natural gas fuel operating system placed into service on
   78  or after July 1, 2024 2013. An applicant is eligible to receive
   79  a maximum rebate of $25,000 per vehicle up to a total of
   80  $250,000 per fiscal year. Between June 1 and June 30 of each
   81  fiscal year, the department may receive additional applications
   82  from applicants that have met the program maximum of $250,000
   83  per fiscal year. Those applicants may apply for additional funds
   84  for vehicles that have not received a rebate, for a maximum
   85  rebate of $25,000 per vehicle up to a total of $250,000.
   86  Governmental applicants shall have preference, and any other
   87  remaining funds may be used by commercial applicants. Rebates
   88  must shall be allocated to eligible applicants on a first-come,
   89  first-served basis, determined by the date the department
   90  receives the application, until all appropriated funds for the
   91  fiscal year are expended. All alternative natural gas fuel fleet
   92  vehicles eligible for the rebate must comply with applicable
   93  United States Environmental Protection Agency emission
   94  standards.
   95         (4) APPLICATION PROCESS.—
   96         (a) An applicant seeking to obtain a rebate shall submit an
   97  application to the department by a specified date each year as
   98  established by department rule. The application must shall
   99  require a complete description of all eligible costs, proof of
  100  purchase or lease of the vehicle for which the applicant is
  101  seeking a rebate, a copy of the vehicle registration
  102  certificate, a description of the total rebate sought by the
  103  applicant, and any other information deemed necessary by the
  104  department. The application form adopted by department rule must
  105  include an affidavit from the applicant certifying that all
  106  information contained in the application is true and correct.
  107         (b) The department shall determine the rebate eligibility
  108  of each applicant in accordance with the requirements of this
  109  section and department rule. The total amount of rebates
  110  allocated to certified applicants in each fiscal year may not
  111  exceed the amount appropriated for the program in the fiscal
  112  year. Rebates must shall be allocated to eligible applicants on
  113  a first-come, first-served basis, determined by the date the
  114  application is received, until all appropriated funds for the
  115  fiscal year are expended or the program ends, whichever comes
  116  first. The department may not accept incomplete applications
  117  submitted to the department will not be accepted and such
  118  applications do not secure a place in the first-come, first
  119  served application process.
  120         (5) RULES.—The department shall adopt rules to implement
  121  and administer this section by December 31, 2024 2013, including
  122  rules relating to the forms required to claim a rebate under
  123  this section, the required documentation and basis for
  124  establishing eligibility for a rebate, procedures and guidelines
  125  for claiming a rebate, and the collection of economic impact
  126  data from applicants.
  127         (6) PUBLICATION.—The department shall determine and publish
  128  on its website on an ongoing basis the amount of available
  129  funding for rebates remaining in each fiscal year.
  130         (7) ANNUAL ASSESSMENT.—By October 1, 2026 2014, and each
  131  year thereafter that the program is funded, the department shall
  132  provide an annual assessment of the use of the rebate program
  133  during the previous fiscal year to the Governor, the President
  134  of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives,
  135  and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government
  136  Accountability. The assessment must shall include, at a minimum,
  137  all of the following information:
  138         (a) The name of each applicant awarded a rebate under this
  139  section.;
  140         (b) The amount of the rebates awarded to each applicant.;
  141         (c) The type and description of each eligible vehicle for
  142  which each applicant applied for a rebate.; and
  143         (d) The aggregate amount of funding awarded for all
  144  applicants claiming rebates under this section.
  145         (8) REPORT.—By January 31, 2016, the Office of Program
  146  Policy Analysis and Government Accountability shall release a
  147  report reviewing the rebate program to the Governor, the
  148  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
  149  Representatives. The review shall include an analysis of the
  150  economic benefits resulting to the state from the program.
  151         (9) EFFECTIVE DATE.—This section shall take effect July 1,
  152  2013.
  153         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.