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U.S. Senate Passes Propane Shortage Bill

Remember those sky-rocketing propane prices in Oklahoma last winter? The U.S. Senate this week approved by unanimous consent a House bill addressing the issue.

H.R. 5705, the Propane Education and Research Enhancement Act directs the Propane Education and Research Council to train propane distributors and users on ways to combat propane price spikes. And it also changes the way the U.S. Commerce Department calculates the price for consumer grade propane, a move allowing PERC to resume educational outreach.

The unanimous consent means the measure is on its way to the President’s desk.

Two Representatives, Bob Latta (R-OH) and Tim Walz (D-MN) authored the measure after millions of Americans were forced to pay extreme heating prices last winter because of propane shortages. The bill is aimed at providing relief to families across Oklahoma and other states by allowing the propane industry to adequately address supply and pricing issues.