CHAPTER 250a
OPERATION OF RETAIL SERVICE STATIONS

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Sec. 14-344a. Retail service stations; opening and operation by producers or refiners prohibited after July 1, 1979.
Sec. 14-344b. Retail service stations; operation by producers or refiners prohibited after July 1, 1980.
Sec. 14-344c. Regulation of temporary operation by producers or refiners by Consumer Protection Commissioner.
Sec. 14-344d. State allocation and distribution of fuel not affected. Provisions inapplicable to certain service stations.

      Sec. 14-344a. Retail service stations; opening and operation by producers or refiners prohibited after July 1, 1979. After July 1, 1979, no producer or refiner of petroleum products shall open a major brand, secondary brand or unbranded retail service station in the state and operate such station with employees of such producer or refiner, a subsidiary company, commissioned agent or under a contract with any person, firm or corporation managing such station on a fee arrangement with such producer or refiner. Any such station shall be operated only by a retail service station dealer. As used in this chapter, "retail service station" means a place of business where gasoline or special fuel is sold and delivered into the tanks of motor vehicles for use as fuel in the operation of such motor vehicles.

      (P.A. 79-437, S. 1, 5.)

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      Sec. 14-344b. Retail service stations; operation by producers or refiners prohibited after July 1, 1980. After July 1, 1980, no producer or refiner of petroleum products shall operate a major brand, secondary brand or unbranded retail service station in the state with employees of such producer or refiner, a subsidiary company, commissioned agent or under a contract with any person, firm or corporation managing a service station on a fee arrangement with such producer or refiner. Any such station shall be operated only by a retail service station dealer.

      (P.A. 79-437, S. 2, 5.)

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      Sec. 14-344c. Regulation of temporary operation by producers or refiners by Consumer Protection Commissioner. The Commissioner of Consumer Protection shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, defining the circumstances in which a producer or refiner may temporarily operate a previously dealer-operated station during a period subsequent to July 1, 1980, which period shall not be, in any case, longer than a commercially reasonable time.

      (P.A. 79-437, S. 3, 5; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-9, S. 3, 10; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(c); P.A. 04-189, S. 1.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-9 substituted commissioner of consumer protection for commissioner of motor vehicles; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 replaced Commissioner of Consumer Protection with Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004.

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      Sec. 14-344d. State allocation and distribution of fuel not affected. Provisions inapplicable to certain service stations. (a) The provisions of this chapter shall not be construed as affecting (1) any allocation of gasoline or special fuels to facilities operated by the state, (2) the operation of any facility for storage or distribution of gasoline or special fuels by the state or (3) the operation of any state-owned retail service station by a producer or refiner of petroleum products.

      (b) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any service station operated by a producer or refiner of petroleum products with its employees on July 1, 1979, which is used as a training or test marketing center or for advertising or public relations purposes. No producer or refiner may operate more than one such service station in the state under the provisions of this subsection.

      (P.A. 79-437, S. 4, 5; P.A. 81-145; P.A. 82-245, S. 2, 3.)

      History: P.A. 81-145 added Subsec. (b) exempting stations used as training or test marketing centers from provisions of chapter and limiting number of such stations to be operated by any producer or refiner of petroleum products to one; P.A. 82-245 added Subsec. (a)(3) dealing with state-owned stations operated by producers or refiners.

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