Senate Approves Ethanol Mandate

APRIL 26, 2006 - Posted at 8:10 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The state Senate votes to require that most gasoline sold in Missouri contain ethanol. Yesterday's 26-to-7 vote followed hours of debate that touched on international politics, economics and the principles of conservative political theory.

The House passed the bill earlier in somewhat different form. Unless the House accepts the Senate's changes, a final version will have to be worked out in negotiations.

Under the bill, ethanol would have to be blended into gasoline only if the alternative fuel cost the same or less than unblended gasoline.

Republican Senator John Cauthorn, of Mexico, says the bill would help reduce gas prices.

A bipartisan group of critics contends the proposal violates free market principles in the name of giving one industry a competitive advantage.

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