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Vt. lawmakers look at new controls over gasoline dealers

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Vermont lawmakers are considering closer regulation of retail gasoline sales in Vermont.

A proposal under consideration in the Vermont House would require gas dealers to issue annual reports. The bill would require vendors to report the number of gallons sold directly to consumers, to their own retail shops and to other retailers.

The primary sponsor, Burlington Representative Chris Pearson, says lawmakers have spent a lot of time discussing gas prices and specifically why prices at the pump are higher in Chittenden County. He thinks this bill could provide answers.

"We seem to pay more for a gallon of gas than a lot of other folks in different regions of the state and there are a number of theories as to why that's the case. What this bill does is start to give us the data, so we can really test those theories," said Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington.

Pearson says he believes there's a lack of competition in the industry and that unfair methods are likely to exist.

The bill also calls for a market share investigation by the attorney general.

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