Yesterday, NMMA hosted a press briefing with Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA) and Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL) regarding their new legislation, the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018 (H.R. 5855). The new bill would enhance current safeguards to better protect consumers from misfueling with E15, which is prohibited for use in boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws, motorcycles, and snowmobiles. E15 and consumer education were a hot topic during the American Boating Congress.
The media event was held on the waterfront in DC at the Washington Marina Company. Reps. Scott and Frankel each gave remarks about the importance of their new bi-partisan bill, why it matters to consumers and boaters, and took questions from the audience.
NMMA was joined by industry partners at the event, including: BoatU.S., the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, and the American Sportfishing Association.
Last week, NMMA reported on the introduction of the new legislation. The NMMA government affairs team looks forward to continuing to work with Reps. Scott and Frankel to solicit additional support for their bill and get it incorporated as Congress looks to reform the broken Renewable Fuel Standard.
NMMA will also continue to work to promote a safe E15 alternative, biobutanol, as well as continue to fight back against efforts to expand the sale of E15. However, as long as E15 is on the market, more consumer safeguards are needed and the Scott-Frankel legislation helps tremendously in this regard.