Freshman State Rep. Marcus Brown is urging colleagues to support his bill requiring gasoline retailers “offering cash discounts to offer the same discount if you pay with a debit card.”
I know this is meaningful legislation to constituents in my district and around Connecticut. Any bit helps when it comes to dealing with rising costs.
Brown defeated long-serving Jack Hennessy in a 2022 primary to represent the North End 127th Assembly District.
Brown received a Facebook shout out from former State Rep. Chris Caruso who spent 20 years in the State House shepherding legislative reforms.
Congratulations, Marcus! It’s a practical piece of legislation that helps the consumer. It’s been a pet peeve of mine for quite some time. Some gas stations treat debit as credit while others treat debit as cash. The inconsistency is so annoying. I’ve had to travel to different stations to find the one that treats debit as cash.
Bill statement of Purpose:
To: (1) Provide that no gasoline retailer may offer a discount to induce a buyer to purchase gasoline with cash unless such gasoline retailer also offers such discount to a buyer who purchases gasoline with a debit card; and (2) require certain gasoline retailers to publicly display and maintain any signs the Commissioner of Consumer Protection requires to inform the public that, if a discount is offered to a buyer who purchases gasoline with cash, any payment for gasoline by debit card shall be processed at the cash price per gallon.