Legislation

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LIGRA’s executive director and board members regularly monitor events in local, state and federal governments to make sure they are fully informed about important decisions that will impact you. Joining us means you’ll get access to the best information and resources in 1 easy to find place.

We’re working to pass legislation so your business gets the fairest treatment possible. You don’t have to do it alone. LIGRA works hard every day to pass laws that will help your business.

LIGRA 2018 ALBANY LEGISLATIVE SESSION BILL TRACKING REPORT

BILL NUMBER AND DESCRIPTION STATUS
S.8807 (Funke)/A.10791 (Abbate)

This bill provides exclusive jurisdiction to the state through the Agriculture and Markets Department to regulate the tire inflation machines mandated for service stations.

 

Passed Senate

Assembly Status- Referred to Agriculture

 

Zone Pricing for Gasoline

S.1618 (LaValle)/A.979 (Thiele)

This bill seeks to strengthen current laws regarding zone pricing for the sale of gasoline.

 

Passed Assembly

Senate Status- Referred to Consumer Protection

 

Free Air Compressors

A.3058 (Cymbrowitz)/No same as

This bill would require gas stations to provide free air compressors and water for use in servicing motor vehicles.

 

Assembly Status- Referred to Economic Development

No Senate Sponsor

Standards for Gas Station Fire Suppression Systems

S.1654 (Carlucci)/A.3492 (Brindisi)

This bill creates standards for gas station fire suppression systems. These standards include requiring automatic fire extinguishing systems using an extinguishing agent that is suitable for petroleum fires and requires systems to monitored if they are at unattended service stations. It also requires that the dispensing area where motor fuel is dispensed shall be provided with a dry chemical fire extinguishing system and requires that the fire extinguishing systems be serviced regularly.

 

Assembly Status- Reported, referred to Codes

Senate Status- Referred to Housing, Construction and Community Development

Price Gouging Enforcement

S.7028/A.5249 (Dinowitz)

This bill authorizes the Attorney General or any local DA to immediately take action when price gouging is suspected. This bill applies to all parties, including any manufacturer, supplier, wholesaler, distributor, or retail seller of goods (including gasoline). This bill also clarifies that no emergency declaration by the governor is necessary in order for law enforcement to commence action.

 

Assembly Status- Ordered to Third Reading

Senate Status- Reported and committed to Codes

 

Restitution for Consumers

S.8629 (Comrie)/A.5503 (Weprin)

The bill requires motor vehicle repair shops found to have committed certain violations to pay restitution to consumers when ordered to do so by the DMV upon a finding of financial loss to such consumers. The bill also calls for an increase in any civil penalty imposed for violations, if a repair shop fails to pay DMV-ordered restitution and allows the waiver of a civil penalty and/or suspension upon payment of restitution.

 

Assembly Status- Reported, referred to Codes

Senate Status- Referred to Transportation

 

Reasonable Fees for Air Machines

S.6641 (Croci)/A.8280 (Schimminger)

This bill clarifies that service stations that are required to provide tire inflation services for use by customers during hours in which such station is open for business may charge a reasonable fee when the service is provided using a coin-operated or credit card device-operated air machine.

 

 

Assembly Status- referred to Economic Development

Senate Status- Advanced to

Third Reading, committed to Rules

 

Tire Repairs and Standards

S.5000 (Hamilton)/A.8983 (D’Urso)

The bill would prohibit motor vehicle repair shops from repairing any tire which would fail to meet Department of Motor Vehicle tire standards after the completion of the repair.

 

 

Assembly Status- Ordered to Third Reading

Rules Calendar

Senate Status- Referred to Transportation

 

Mercury Switches in Vehicles

S.2417 (Marcellino)/A.3807 (Colton)

This bill creates a program of removal, collection and recovery of motor vehicle mercury switches. Motor vehicle manufacturers who have sold vehicles containing mercury switches must submit a recycling plan to the DMV for end of life vehicles.

 

Assembly Status- Referred to Agriculture
Senate Status- Referred to Environmental Conservation 
Cash Discount Advertising

A.2051 (Lentol)/No same as

This bill prohibits gas stations from advertising only cash discounted prices.

 

Assembly Status- Referred to Agriculture

No Senate Sponsor

Price Display Regulations

S.259 (Kaminsky)/A.5222 (Dinowitz)

This bill would update law related to the posting of motor fuel prices. This bill would require dealers offering fuel to the public at different prices based on method of payment to prominently display the higher of the prices offered.

 

Assembly Status- Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection

Senate Status- Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection

Price Display Regulations

A.5350 (Weprin)/No same as

This bill would require gas stations to charge the same rates for gasoline purchased with a credit card issued by that gas station as gasoline purchased with cash.

 

Assembly Status- Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection

No Senate Sponsor

Consumer Complaint Hotline

A.5440 (Weprin)/No same as

This bill would require motor vehicle fuel dealers to post on dispensing devices a notice contacting a toll-free consumer complaint hotline.

 

Assembly Status- Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection

No Senate Sponsor

Changing Fuel Prices

A.6483 (DenDekker)/No same as

This bill would restrict owners of service stations, filling stations, stores, garages or other places of business for the sale of motor fuel from changing fuel prices more than once a day.

 

Assembly Status- Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection

No Senate Sponsor

 

 

Signs for Contacting Department of State

S.4691 (Sanders)/No same as

This bill requires signs to be posted at gasoline stations for consumers to contact the Department of State regarding price or product problems.

 

Senate Status- Referred to Agriculture

No Assembly Sponsor

 

Displays for Gas Pricing

S.8110 (Ritchie)/No same as

This bill requires notification to consumers of the price of motor fuel depending on the payment method. This bill would require that all signs, including those on the motor fuel’s dispensing device and road signs, state the price of fuel based on whether the payment is made by cash, credit card, or debit card.

 

Senate Status- Referred to Agriculture

No Assembly Sponsor

 

 

 

 

LIGRA was instrumental in getting the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act passed. This Act protects retailers from unfair termination and non-renewals, unless an Oil Company can show just cause. LIGRA has now worked with our national association to successfully amend this act to give the state  flexibility with their own laws.

LIGRA was instrumental in getting the “Right of Survivorship” Law passed which allows a service station dealer to bequeath the business to their spouse or adults child. Under this law, a bequeathment form must be filed with the oil company before a dealer can exercise this right of survivorship.

LIGRA was instrumental in getting a law passed permitting a dealer to sell his/her franchise. This allows a dealer to sell, transfer, or assign the franchise to another person, except under certain specified circumstances. Thus, a petroleum company cannot prohibit or prevent a dealer from selling, transferring, or assigning a franchise unless they have good cause and unless the sale, transfer or assignment is prohibited because of specified reasons, such as fraud.

LIGRA has successfully repealed the nozzle fee in both Nassau and Suffolk County. We have been successful in working with the NYC Consumer Affairs Bureau in easing the burden of the regulatory process for our City members.

LIGRA has been successful in minimizing the impact of the Cigarette Ban in both Nassau and Suffolk County. We have been successful in keeping our members out of the loop of the Suffolk County Crack house Law, which would have classified the sale of cigarettes and beer to a minor as the same offense as selling crack or cocaine.

LIGRA has been successful in easing the burden of waste oil regulations by making consumers more responsible for the action.

LIGRA held back the proposed Centralized Auto Emissions Testing program (when other associations stated, “it was a done deal”) by bringing the ills of this program to the public  attention. Today many of our auto repair shops are enjoying the benefits of the inspection program, without the expense of new equipment.

These are just some of our Legislative achievements. There have been many more on all levels of government.

LIGRA continues to strive to keep the voice of our membership in the forefront of all levels of government.

A small selection of our legislative achievements

Monitoring events on the local, state and federal scale

Since 2010 LIGRA has fought and won the following legislative battles, saving our members thousands of dollars in the process:

LIGRA President Kevin Beyer worked closely with Gov. Cuomo  office to secure funding for the installation of transfer-switches and/or back-up generators and to limit the number of businesses required to have this equipment

  • Savings to LIGRA members: Thou$and$

NYS passed legislation that tied the fees to register as a retail cigarette vendor to a percentage of a store  gross sales meaning a service station paying a $100 registration fee would pay upwards of $5,000. LIGRA President Kevin Beyer rallied
several trade associations and filed suit. Because of his actions, the legislation was changed and the lawsuit dropped. The registration fee is now $300  a 200 percent increase but still considerably less expensive that what NYS originally had in mind:

  • Savings to LIGRA members: Thou$and$

NYS legislators tried to pass legislation that would require service station owners to post cash and credit prices for each grade of gasoline they sell. This would have created tremendous expense with little reward for service stations across the
state.

  • Savings to LIGRA members: Thou$and$

assau and Suffolk counties tried to force service station owners to replace their single-wall gas tanks with double-walled tanked within a year. LIGRA pointed out that with hundreds of service stations in the area accomplishing such an endeavor was impossible. LIGRA got Suffolk to allow more time and Nassau to have the stations replace their tanks once they turned 30 years old.

  • Savings to LIGRA members: Thou$and$

Suffolk  Department of Consumer Affairs sent letters to Suffolk-based service stations stating that rather than pay a $100 fee to register a station  gasoline pumps for two years  regardless of how many pumps the station has – the stations would now be required to pay a PER METER fee of $20 every time the station  pumps were inspected. These inspections could occur more than once a year. A station with 15 pumps, inspected only once a year, would go from paying $100 to cover two years to $6,000 for one year, assuming the station is only inspected once a year. Sometimes stations have to be inspected more than once a year.

  • Savings to LIGRA members: Thou$and$

Had these programs been adopted other counties & NYC would have quickly followed suit. LIGRA members also $ave thou$and$ on Worker $afety Groups & Get Terrific Health Insurance Deals!