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2 Ohio lawmakers back natural gas conversions

Associated Press

CLEVELAND: A bipartisan team of state lawmakers wants to promote car and truck conversions to burn both gasoline and natural gas or buying such a vehicle.

State Reps. Sean J. O’Brien, a Democrat from Hubbard in Trumbull County, and David Hall, a Republican from Millersburg in Holmes County, are preparing legislation to give state tax credits to back the idea.

The proposal was developed with the assistance of an industry group.

The measure, which is awaiting introduction, also would create a multimillion-dollar loan program to finance refueling equipment as companies convert fleets of vehicles.

The tax credit would pay for up to 50 percent of the cost of the conversion, which is $5,000 to $10,000 for cars and light duty trucks and up to $40,000 for large trucks.