Thursday, April 05, 2012

Governor signs Heinz bill supporting jobs, new energy production in algaculture

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – A bill Rep. Matt Heinz, D-Tucson (District 29), sponsored that invests in new energy and will create jobs became law today.

The governor signed HB 2225, which adds algaculture, the growth and harvest of algae, to the definition of agricultural state trust lands. This will allow the Arizona State Land Department to issue agricultural leases for algaculture operations.

“This is good news for Arizona,” Heinz said. “By including algaculture in the definition of agriculture, we provide additional opportunities for algae farmers to support innovation in this emerging industry, which has the potential to create both jobs and new energy resources.”

Algae have many uses including pollution reduction and the production of biodiesel and jet fuel.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate approved HB 2225 on a bipartisan vote.
Heinz also sponsored a second bill, HB 2226, that would give algae farms the same lower property tax rates provided to other farm entities. This would make algaculture more economically feasible. This bill currently is on the governor’s desk.

“This is an example of how legislators can set aside partisan bickering to focus on what’s important to Arizonans, creating jobs and improving the economy,” Heinz said.

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