Florida Senate - 2016 SB 90 By Senator Simpson 18-00068-16 201690__ 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, for a maximum rebate of $25,000 per vehicle 30 up to a total of $250,000. Any unencumbered funds remaining 31 after June 30 of each fiscal year may be used by the department 32 to award the additional rebates. Governmental applicants shall 33 have preference, and all remaining unencumbered funds may be 34 used by commercial applicants. Rebates shall be allocated to 35 eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, 36 determined by the date the application is received, until all 37 appropriated funds for the fiscal year are expended or the 38 program ends, whichever comes first. All natural gas fuel fleet 39 vehicles eligible for the rebate must comply with applicable 40 United States Environmental Protection Agency emission 41 standards. 42 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.