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Senate passes agriculture bill with ethanol and big trucks language

The Missouri Senate this week passed its first large bill of the session. SB12 deals with agriculture, and is comprised of several pieces of legislation that have been stand-alone bills in years past.

Of most interest to members of Associated Industries of Missouri is a provision that mandates that the Department of Agriculture establish a rule requiring the labeling of fuel pumps that contain more than 10 percent ethanol. The provision ensures that owners of older vehicles know the fuel they are putting in their tank. Ethanol at a concentration of greater than 10 percent can cause harm to some older engines. AIM will continue to support this part of the bill and will continue to make sure that the labeling provision stays in the bill as it makes its way through the legislative process.

SB12 is now on its way to the Missouri House.

SB12 also includes language that would allow trucks hauling milk be allowed to exceed highway weight limits by as much as 10 percent.

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