Oak Hall Students in Tallahassee
It started out as a simple high school science fair project, but it has turned into a fight to change state law. Erich Christian's idea seemed simple enough, turn discarded vegetable oil into gas. But when he proposed the idea to his school principal, neither of them knew what they were getting into. Principal Richard Gehman said that after making proposals, presentations to county commissioners, writing letters to many important people, and raising money, Erich and some of his classmates were able to get this shed built. But that was only part of the problem.
"The issue of taxation came up with the department of revenue and immediately instead of dropping the project, they said well....let's see if we can change the law" said Gehman.
State law requires and company or in this case, a school, fill out 25 pages of forms each month and pay taxes on the fuel created. So Christian and his fellow students headed to the state capital on Tuesday where they urged lawmakers to drop the requirement for schools to fill out the paperwork and pay taxes. The Senate took a vote, and it passed...unanimously. The House of Representatives will vote on the proposal in April.
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