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Senate bill repealing ethanol requirement rewritten with only 'nice words'

Committee staff director Pepper Uchino, left, confers with Sen. Jack Latvala and Sen. Greg Evers during a discussion of SB 320 on Tuesday. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

A Senate bill that would repeal the 2008 requirement that gasoline in Florida contain about 10 percent ethanol was rewritten on Tuesday to remove the repeal.

Bill supporters say the law requirement is a government mandate that drives up the cost of food and the cost of grain for cattle. Opponents say the repeal sends a bad signal to biofuel companies and investors who are interested in building in Florida.

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