Illinois Bill Would Ban Adults From Pumping Their Own Gas
The free market experiment of letting people pump their own gas is over. It failed. That appears to be the message behind a new piece of Illinois legislation that would prohibit self-service gas stations.
“No gas may be pumped at a gas station in this State unless it is pumped by a gas station attendant employed at the gas station,” reads the Gas Station Attendant Act, which was introduced last week by state Rep. Camille Lilly (D–Oak Park).
Should it pass, Illinois would join New Jersey as the only other state in the union to prohibit self-service gas stations. Oregon allows self-service gas stations in counties of less than 40,000 people but maintains prohibitions everywhere else in the state. A bill to allow gas stations in the Beaver State to designate a quarter of their pumps as self-service failed in 2019.
Lilly’s proposal has raised eyebrows. The representative told a columnist with Peoria’s JournalStar that the response to her bill had been “really aggressive.”
In an attempt to quell some of this outrage, Lilly took to Twitter. Her bill, she said, would create “safety and convenience at the pump.” She also has said that it is her intention to amend the bill to merely mandate minimum staffing levels at gas stations.
HB4571 is concept legislation that creates safety and convenience at the pump. It is not intended to pass as is. The bill seeks to creat
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