senate Bill S558

Makes certain amendments concerning zone pricing of gasoline

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION

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Bill Details

Versions:
S558
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
Law Section:
General Business Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S558

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the general business law, in relation to zone pricing
of gasoline; and to amend chapter 579 of the laws of 2008 amending the
general business law relating to zone pricing of gasoline, in relation
to making certain technical changes


PURPOSE :
to make chapter amendment to the law prohibiting the practice of zone
pricing to insure that all parties in the chain of supply are Covered
by the law.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1: adds a new definition of "additional costs" which is
defined as all replacement and transportation costs and taxes
incurred.

Section 2: amends general business law section 399-ee (1 )(g) to
change the definition of "relevant geographic market" to include the
phrase "among retail outlets".

Section 3: amends section 399-ee(1)(m) of the general business law to
adjust the definition of zone pricing to read "the establishment of
arbitrary price differences based on the geographical location of the
retail outlet within the relevant geographic market, without regard to
the posted terminal price and any additional" costs where the effect
is to injure competition."

Section 4: amends section 399-ee(2) to include producer, refiners and
dealers within the prohibition of zone pricing.

Section 5: makes a technical change to the language in the legislative
intent section of the original bill.

EXISTING LAW :
Chapter 579 of the Laws of 2008 prohibits the practice of zone pricing
of gasoline.

JUSTIFICATION :
Chapter 579 of the Laws of 2008 created a new section of the general
business law to prohibit the practice of zone pricing of gasoline
which is the use of arbitrary price differences based on the
geographic location of the retail outlet. This bill makes technical
changes to the law to insure that all parties in the supply chain of
retail gasoline are covered by the law.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediately.
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