- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A new Alabama law requires gas stations to hire regulators to test their own gas pumps, but an industry group has criticized the law.

The Montgomery Advertiser (https://on.mgmadv.com/1eb8UGI ) reports that the Alabama Petroleum & Convenience Marketers Association has likened the law to a tax increase, saying each business will either have to cope with the expense, or pass the cost down to consumers.

Since 2011, the state has slashed the budget for regulatory agents who are tasked with ensuring that gas is being sold fairly to consumers, and not watered down, for example.

In 2011, a total of 23 agents tested about 10,000 of Alabama’s 100,000 gas pumps. This year, there are only five agents employed.

Officials say the new service agents tested about 20,000 gas pumps in May alone.


Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com

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