The Georgia Senate is considering a bill that would require all government fleets in the state to use a 2-percent blend of biodiesel.
Unlike recent regulations in other states, however, the Georgia switch would be more gradual, ultimately happening by the year 2010.
The Rome News-Tribune reported that the Senate Transportation Committee voted to recommend passage of the bill to the full Senate Wednesday, Feb. 1.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Brian Kemp, R-Athens, and Sen. Tommy Williams, R-Lyons. If passed, it would apply to state and local governments, including school systems.
However, a provision in the bill says that the governments would not have to use biodiesel at times when it is priced more than 5 percent higher than regular diesel.
The News-Tribune reported that Kemp and Williams are considering expanding the bill to include consumer vehicles statewide as well.