The South Dakota House of Representatives endorsed Republican Governor Kristi Noem’s push for putting E-30 blend in the gas tanks of state government’s vehicles that can use the premium fuel.
The vote was 67-3.
Representative Carl Perry listed the many advantages and said it’s a choice between supporting farmers or Saudi Arabia.
“Let’s go 30,” the Aberdeen Republican said.
Representative Tim Rounds, a Pierre Republican, said he supports ethanol but disagreed with “instructing” state government to use E-30, calling it “a little too strong.” because some locations don’t have the blend.
Rounds later was one of the red nays when the scoreboard showed the tally.
Representative David Anderson, a Hudson Republican, reminded Rounds a resolution has very narrow criteria including that it “instruct” a state agency rather than encourage.
Representative Oren Lesmeister, a Parade Democrat, said he didn’t think anybody would lose their job for using the wrong fuel.
Representative Hugh Bartels said he and his wife have put E-30 in their vehicles for three years. “It’s a good fuel. I use it in my pickup that I drive here everyday,” the Watertown Republican said.
Representative Drew Dennert said he started using E-30. “I’ve seen no difference in my fuel economy at all,” the Aberdeen Republican said. “It will save the state money if we pass this.”
The resolution now goes to the Senate.