General Law Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5259

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF DEBIT CARDS FOR GASOLINE PURCHASES

Vote Date:

3/13/2014

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/25/2014

File No.:

 

SPONSORS OF BILL:

General Law Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

The bill will require any person selling gasoline to publically display and maintain on each pump if a discount is offered for payment of cash, or whether payment for gasoline by debit card is processed at the credit card price per gallon or the cash price per gallon.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None submitted

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Sen. Donald E. Williams Jr, President Pro Temp. is in support of the bill. He testifies that this bill will increase transparency for consumers at the gas pump. He states that often times retailers that do offer a cash discount do not make it clear to consumers whether the use of debit cards is treated by the retailer as a cash or credit purchase and this bill will help to clarify this.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Christian A. Herb, President of Connecticut Energy Marketers Association is opposed to this bill. He testified that HB 5259 seems to mirror existing Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) regulations that require sellers of motor fuels to disclose to the purchaser at the dispenser whether a cash discount applies to other forms of payment. Therefore he finds the language of the bill redundant and unnecessary.

Raphael L. Podolsky, Legal Assistant Resource Center of Connecticut Inc. is opposed to this bill. He states that the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) has already promulgated a regulation substantially containing this provision, and that this bill adds little or nothing to this regulation.

Reported by: Jonathan Ferrigno

Date: 3/17/2014