Gas appliance bills move in states as GOP pre-emption effort stalls in Congress

New York and Florida went in different directions in the new culture war issue.
In this Jan. 11, 2006, file photo, a gas-lit flame burns on a natural gas stove. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

With Republican in-fighting derailing a push to pre-empt a federal ban on gas stoves, state lawmakers in New York and Florida have, respectively, passed measures to ban gas appliances in new construction and provide a tax break for new gas stove purchases.

Those contrasting moves in the freshly sparked and unexpected culture war issue represent the potential for a patchwork of natural gas laws in the absence of federal action.

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