Hawaii Bill to Eliminate Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline Goes to Conference Committee


Legislation (S.B. 717) to repeal the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol will go to a conference committee comprised of members from the House and Senate.  The committee will attempt to work out a compromise between the Senate and House versions of the bill.  Under the Senate bill, the effective date of the repeal would be July 1, 2050.  The original date for the repeal was July 1, 2015. Under the House version, the Petroleum Advisory Council would merely conduct a study of the effects of repealing the ethanol requirement.  Both versions are useless to the thousands of older cars that are currently most negatively affected by ethanol blends.  The SEMA Action Network is supporting a return to the July 1, 2015 effective date for the repeal.

We Urge You to Contact Members of theS.B. 717 Conference Committee (List Below) Immediately to Urge a July 1, 2015 Effective Date for S.B. 717

  • S.B. 717 no longer protects the thousands of older cars that are currently feeling the effects of ethanol-blended gasoline.  The July 1, 2015 effective date protects today’s cars now.
  • The requirement of blending ethanol into Hawaii’s gasoline does not produce any economic benefit for the state and the import of ethanol creates an economic burden for state residents.
  • 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.  Current high performance specialty parts along with pre-model year 2001 cars and parts may be most susceptible to corrosion.
  • The life span of vehicles and equipment can be dramatically reduced with the wrong fuel and that owners could be confronted with break downs. Anti-corrosion additives are available for each purchase of gasoline but can become expensive, burdensome and require consumer education

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the S.B. 717 Conference Committee to request a July 1, 2015 effective date for S.B. 717.  

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. 

Hawaii Conference Committee

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

sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov; senbaker@Capitol.hawaii.gov; senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov; repclee@Capitol.hawaii.gov; repaquino@Capitol.hawaii.gov; repmckelvey@Capitol.hawaii.gov; repnakashima@Capitol.hawaii.gov; repthielen@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Mike Gabbard
Phone: 808-586-6830
Email: sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Rosalyn Bake
Phone: 808-586-6070
Email: senbaker@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Sam Slom
Phone: 808-586-8420
Email: senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Chris Lee
Phone: 808-586-9450
Email: repclee@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Henry Aquino
Phone: 808-586-6520
Email: repaquino@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Angus McKelvey
Phone: 808-586-6160
Email: repmckelvey@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Mark Nakashima
Phone: 808-586-6680
Email: repnakashima@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Cynthia Thielen
Phone: 808-586-6480
Email: repthielen@Capitol.hawaii.gov