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President John Hausladen of the Minnesota Trucking Association tells a Senate committee Monday, March 17, 2014, that he supports a bill to delay increasing the amount of biodiesel in diesel fuel. With him is Sen. Melisa Franzen of Edina, who sponors the delay. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Committee rejects biodiesel mandate delay

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ST. PAUL -- Plans to increase the percentage of soybean oil in diesel fuel sold in Minnesota survived a delay attempt Monday.

"This isn't over," state Senate Commerce Chairman James Metzen, D-South St. Paul, said moments after his committee overwhelmingly defeated a bill that would have delayed implementation of a 2008 law requiring 10 percent of diesel fuel to come from soybeans.


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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.