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WILTON SIMPSON UNVEILS LEGISLATION FOR NATURAL GAS
Benefits to Florida include less expensive fuel, reduction in emissions, and energy independence.
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Sen. Wilton Simpson unveiled new legislation today, aimed at promoting energy independence and establishing Florida as a leader in the market adoption of natural gas. Senate Bill 560 will reclassify natural gas from being an alternative fuel and provide a structure that will encourage its use alongside traditional petroleum products such as gasoline and diesel.
“Natural gas is a perfect fit for the American energy independence strategy,” said Sen. Wilton Simpson. “Powering our vehicles with natural gas is a logical next step, and it is time to stop calling natural gas an alternative. This legislation will accelerate the use of natural gas and establish Florida as a leader in the use of domestic energy, boosting America’s economy and improving our national security at the same time.”
Currently, Florida law treats natural gas as an alternative fuel, with a unique licensing structure and system of fees and taxes. Sen. Simpson’s legislation will establish standards for the distribution, sale, and taxation of natural gas that will essentially be the same as those for diesel fuel. Widespread reserves of natural gas in the United States can supply a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly source of energy to the consumer marketplace.
“I am delighted to be working on this legislation with House sponsor Rep. Lake Ray,” said Simpson. “I look forward to building a better Florida with Lake and all of my colleagues in the Florida legislature.”
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About Wilton Simpson for State Senate
Wilton Simpson is primarily associated with two businesses, Simpson Environmental Services and Simpson Farms. He has served on countless boards and in service organizations and has notably served as the Chair of the Pasco County Farm Bureau, the Pasco County Fair Association, the Dade City Chamber of Commerce, the Pasco Economic Development Council, and Habitat for Humanity. He has also served on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club and as a baseball coach in the San Antonio Dixie Youth League.
ON THE WEB: www.wiltonsimpson.com