ILLINOIS (KFVS) - In most areas, gas station attendants are a thing of the past.
One lawmaker in Illinois has sponsored a bill that would bring them back to the state.
House Bill 4571 was read before the Illinois General Assembly on Feb. 5.
The bill’s synopsis says it “Creates the Gas Station Attendant Act. Provides that no gas may be pumped at a gas station in this State unless it is pumped by a gas station attendant employed at the gas station. Effective January 1, 2021.”
One Murphysboro businessman, Dan Alstat, uses several trucks for his logging businesses and spends plenty of time and money at the pump. He said he thinks it's a mistake.
“If they are going tor raise the prices 50 cents, a dollar, a gallon to have somebody come out and pump your gas for you, I would look for a different way of doing it,” Alstat said.
Representative Camille Lilly, who introduced the legislation, says she wants to create new jobs and address safety concerns. In addition, Lilly also says her proposal isn’t complete and is open to suggestions.
“It’s in a shell format. So that I can go in and work with the community and the people and flush out a good piece of legislation around creating options for consumer at the pump,” Lilly said.
Local state representative Terri Bryant disagrees. She said, “I don’t know what is going on in Rep. Lilly’s district to drive her to file this bill, but it is not warranted, or wanted in this region. We have serious issues to address and another business killing bill from Chicago is far from what we should be discussing.”
In addition, Alstat believes there will be a financial impact on drivers.
“Somebody has to pay for the people coming out here. And it’s going to come back to us one way or another,” he said.
The bill has been referred to the rules committee.
If passed, the bill would take effect Jan. 1, 2021.