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SF 1446

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/05/2019 09:07am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; appropriating money for grants to provide technical
assistance and appropriate technology for certain spark ignition motor fuel
wholesalers and retailers and to implement promotional programs; requiring reports.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS; WHOLESALE AND RETAIL LIQUID MOTOR
FUEL EQUIPMENT GRANTS.
new text end

new text begin (a) $25,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of agriculture for grants to motor fuel wholesalers and retail motor fueling
station operators to install the equipment necessary to store or dispense biofuels to the public
to meet the biofuel requirement goals established under Minnesota Statutes, section 239.7911.
Motor fuel wholesalers are eligible for grant money under this paragraph for up to two
storage sites if each site is located in Minnesota and stores, or uses tank systems to blend,
motor fuel comprised of at least 15 percent of agriculturally derived, denatured ethanol by
volume. A retail motor fueling station operator is eligible for grant money under this
paragraph for up to and including 15 retail motor fuel dispensing sites if each site is located
in Minnesota and the grant money under this paragraph is used to modify or install storage
and dispensing components that dispense gasoline that is blended with at least 15 percent
of agriculturally derived, denatured ethanol by volume for use in spark ignition engines. A
grant award under this paragraph must not exceed 90 percent of the cost of the installation
project.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner may use up to $750,000 of the appropriated amount for
administrative expenses.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner shall coordinate with stakeholders to establish operational initiatives
and grant criteria to more fully attain the requirements in Minnesota Statutes, section
239.7911.
new text end

new text begin (d) The appropriation under this section is available until June 30, 2023. The
commissioner shall report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over agricultural
policy and finance by February 1 for each year in which funds are available, detailing the
number of grants awarded under paragraph (a) and the projected effect of the grant program
on meeting the biofuel replacement goals under Minnesota Statutes, section 239.7911.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS; PROMOTION GRANTS.
new text end

new text begin (a) To meet the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, section 239.7911, $1,200,000 in
fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of agriculture
for grants to create greater awareness among motorists of the availability of motor fuel
comprised of 15 percent agriculturally derived, denatured ethanol by volume for use in
spark ignition engines. The commissioner shall coordinate with stakeholders to establish
grant criteria and distribute grants in a manner to more fully attain the requirements in
Minnesota Statutes, section 239.7911.
new text end

new text begin (b) The appropriation in paragraph (a) is available until June 30, 2023. The commissioner
shall report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over agricultural policy and
finance by February 1 for each year in which funds are available, detailing the number of
grants awarded under paragraph (a) and the projected effect of the grant program on meeting
the biofuel replacement goals under Minnesota Statutes, section 239.7911.
new text end