If you’re a born-and-raised Oregonian who doesn’t know how to pump your own gas, you may have to learn.
The state legislature is considering a bill that would allow for 24-hour self service at gas stations in counties with less than 40,000 people. If HB 2482 passes, everyone could soon be serving themselves at stations in cities like Boardman, La Grande and The Dalles.
A second bill being considered, HB 2458, would allow the public to fill up at 24-hour cardlock stations that are currently open to commercial vehicles.
The state took its first foray into self-service last year, when the legislature passed a bill allowing people to pump their own gas in counties with less than 40,000 people between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. The purpose of the law was to allow small stations in small rural towns to stay open overnight, after Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, heard stories of people arriving at towns like John Day only to find that they would need to spend the night because the only fuel station had closed for the night.
Read more at The East Oregonian.