Oregon lawmakers introduce bill to make self-service an option at the gas pump – KDRV

SALEM, Ore. — A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers has introduced a bill that would make self-service just as permissible at gas pumps in the state as service from an attendant.
Supporters of the bill say that it would ensure access for people with disabilities and those who prefer service from an attendant “without any loss of existing jobs.”
“This legislation will provide relief for gas stations struggling to remain open during labor shortages, for station attendants racing to serve waiting customers, and for drivers stuck in line at the pump,” said Rep. Boshart Davis, R-Albany. “It’s a win for every Oregonian.”
These days Oregon is one of just two states that broadly require gas be pumped by attendants, though the state made exceptions through a bill passed in 2015 for rural areas and along the coast at night.
The bill is being promoted by a group called Oregonians for Choice at the Pump. The Oregon Fuels Association, an organization consisting of locally-owned gas stations and fuel distributors, supports the group.
“It’s time to offer this choice to all Oregonians,” said Gabriel Zirkle, President of the Oregon Fuels Association. “We know from the experiences of 48 other states that self-serve can be done safely and efficiently.”
According to the group, gas station owners report that the change is “desperately needed” due to ongoing labor shortages.
In addition to allowing self-serve as an option, the bill would increase civil penalties when a fuel retailer violates attendant-service requirements, would require that both services be offered at the same price, and would grant the state more emergency authority to relax requirements when needed during a disaster.
House Bill 4151 is sponsored by Rep. Shelly Boshart Davis, Rep. Julie Fahey, Rep. Ron Noble, Rep. Janeen Sollman, Sen. Brian Boquist and Sen. Rick Lewis.
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