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URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Illinois Bill Seeks to Encourage E15 Sales

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American Government Topics:  Ethanol

URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Illinois Bill Seeks to Encourage E15 Sales

SEMA Action Network
March 12, 2013

The Illinois House of Representatives has reintroduced legislation (H.B. 3369) allowing the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to provide information to gas stations encouraging the stations to offer E15 as an option for customers. The bill also allows the Department to provide information to gas stations on any financial assistance that may be available to subsidize the cost of providing E15 blended fuel to consumers. H.B. 3369 was introduced despite the fact that a bill is moving through the U.S. House of Representatives which would require the National Academy of Sciences to further analyze the effects of E15 on engines and other components before the EPA can permit its sale.

We Urge You to Contact Members of the Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee (List Below) Immediately to Oppose H.B. 3369

H.B. 3369 is being introduced at time when many states are proposing legislation to abandon requirements for ethanol-blended gasoline.

H.B. 3369 ignores the fact that ethanol increases water formation which can then create formic acid and corrode metals, plastics and rubber, especially over a period of time when the vehicle is not used. This can lead to engine/parts failures and, potentially, safety hazards. Ethanol also burns hotter and can cause some engines to stall, misfire and overheat. Current high performance specialty parts along with the pre-2001 cars and parts may be most susceptible to corrosion and overheating.

H.B. 3369 ignores the fact that the life span of these vehicles and equipment can be dramatically reduced with the wrong fuel and the owners could be confronted with break downs. Anti-corrosion additives are available for each purchase of gasoline but can become expensive and burdensome on consumers.

H.B. 3369 makes no plan to ensure that misfueling does not occur or any plan to guarantee gasoline without ethanol will be available for older vehicles.

DON’T DELAY! Please contact the Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee members to request opposition to H.B. 3369.

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org. Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee

To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:

repemily@gmail.com; repsente@gmail.com; Mike@miketryon.com; staterepgabel@robyngabel.com; staterephalbrook@gmail.com; greg@gregharris.org; naomi@naomijakobsson.com; dwightkay112@gmail.com; ilhouse52@gmail.com; repcmeier@gmail.com; staterep40@gmail.com; repmitchell@earthlink.net; Repmorrison54@gmail.com; ChairNekritz@gmail.com; bphelps118@gmail.com; pverschoore@qconline.com; repzalewski@gmail.com

Representative Emily McAsey (Chair)
Phone: (217) 782-4179
Email: repemily@gmail.com

Representative Carol Sente (Vice Chair)
Phone: (217) 782-0499
Email: repsente@gmail.com

Representative Michael Tryon
Phone: (217) 782-0432
Email: Mike@miketryon.com

Representative Robyn Gabel
Phone: (217) 782-8052
Email: staterepgabel@robyngabel.com

Representative Brad Halbrook
Phone: (217) 558-1040
Email: staterephalbrook@gmail.com

Representative Greg Harris
Phone: (217) 782-3835
Email: greg@gregharris.org

Representative Naomi Jakobsson
Phone: (217) 558-1009
Email: naomi@naomijakobsson.com

Representative Dwight Kay
Phone: (217) 782-8018
Email: dwightkay112@gmail.com

Representative David McSweeney
Phone: (217) 782-1517
Email: ilhouse52@gmail.com

Representative Charles Meier
Phone: (217) 782-6401
Email: repcmeier@gmail.com

Representative Deborah Mell
Phone: (217) 782-8117
Email: staterep40@gmail.com

Representative Bill Mitchell
Phone: (217) 782-8163
Email: repmitchell@earthlink.net

Representative Thomas Morrison
Phone: (217) 782-8026
Email: Repmorrison54@gmail.com

Representative Elaine Nekritz
Phone: (217) 558-1004
Email: ChairNekritz@gmail.com

Representative Brandon Phelps
Phone: (217) 782-5131
Email: bphelps118@gmail.com

Representative Patrick Verschoore
Phone: (217) 782-5970
Email: pverschoore@qconline.com

Representative Michael Zalewski
Phone: (217) 782-5280
Email: repzalewski@gmail.com

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