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Wisconsin Ethanol Proposal 'Postponed Indefinitely'

March 10, 2006 — Legislative action to require 10 percent ethanol in gasoline other than premium grade sold in Wisconsin was postponed indefinitely by a 17-15 vote in the State Senate Thursday, March 9, in effect killing it for this session. An EAA-led provision to exclude premium grade gasoline was included in the bill's final version.

EAA members and others use auto fuel to power their aircraft and ultralights, plus other state residents with snowmobiles, motorboats, and other recreational vehicles require ethanol-free fuel. EAA pushed for the premium grade exclusion in the event the mandate was approved. Late last year, the state assembly voted for the ethanol mandate.

"We fought to ensure an ethanol-free fuel remained available for our members and others who cannot operate their airplanes and recreational vehicles safely with ethanol," said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director.

In the end, Wisconsin Senators decided that the state should not be in the business of requiring its residents to use a certain kind of fuel when the free market should rule. Other concerns centered on fuel prices, pollution, engines and fuel efficiency.

EAA is currently engaged in pending ethanol legislation in several other states, working to ensure ethanol-free fuel remains widely available to its members and other who need it.

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