Florida Senate - 2015 CS for CS for SB 1538 By the Committees on Appropriations; and Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities; and Senator Simpson 576-04500-15 20151538c2 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 applications from certain applicants; 6 authorizing any remaining unencumbered funds to be 7 used by the department to award additional rebates; 8 providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Subsection (3) of section 377.810, Florida 13 Statutes, is amended to read: 14 377.810 Natural gas fuel fleet vehicle rebate program.— 15 (3) NATURAL GAS FUEL FLEET VEHICLE REBATE.—The department 16 shall award rebates for eligible costs as defined in this 17 section. Forty percent of the annual allocation shall be 18 reserved for governmental applicants, with the remaining funds 19 allocated for commercial applicants. A rebate may not exceed 50 20 percent of the eligible costs of a natural gas fuel fleet 21 vehicle with a dedicated or bi-fuel natural gas fuel operating 22 system placed into service on or after July 1, 2013. An 23 applicant is eligible to receive a maximum rebate of $25,000 per 24 vehicle up to a total of $250,000 per fiscal year. Between June 25 1 and June 30 of each fiscal year, the department may receive 26 additional applications from applicants that have met the 27 program maximum of $250,000 per fiscal year. Those applicants 28 may apply for additional funds for vehicles that have not 29 received a rebate, a maximum rebate of $25,000 per vehicle up to 30 a total of $250,000. Any unencumbered funds remaining after June 31 30 of each fiscal year may be used by the department to award 32 the additional rebates. Governmental applicants shall have 33 preference and all remaining unencumbered funds may be used by 34 commercial applicants. Rebates shall be allocated to eligible 35 applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, determined by 36 the date the application is received, until all appropriated 37 funds for the fiscal year are expended or the program ends, 38 whichever comes first. All natural gas fuel fleet vehicles 39 eligible for the rebate must comply with applicable United 40 States Environmental Protection Agency emission standards. 41 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.