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Texas bill promotes natural gas fuel for vehicles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A bill that encourages the use of natural gas fuel for vehicles is heading to Texas Gov. Rick Scott's desk.

The House passed the measure (HB 579) Thursday on a 116-2 vote.

It would ensure state taxes won't be charged on the fuel for five years and it sets aside $6 million for a rebate program.

Private companies and government agencies that purchase three or more natural gas fueled vehicles would get a rebate of up to $25,000 per vehicle, up to a maximum $250,000 rebate.