House Committee Approves Greenleaf's Octane Testing Bill
Today, the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
approved Senator Greenleaf's legislation (SB
341) authorizing the Department of Agriculture to conduct random testing of
octane levels in gasoline.
Pennsylvania is one of only three states that do not conduct
testing of octane levels. The Department of Agriculture is required to annually
inspect gas pumps for accuracy, but testing for levels of octane is not
In January 2007, the Pennsylvania Auditor General recommended
that the state begin testing octane levels following an audit on retail gas
pumps across the state.
Senator Greenleaf said, "Consumers should have state government
assurance that they are getting what they pay for at the gas pump. With the
economy underperforming and prices of food and gas rising, people need to be
certain they are not getting short changed."
The Pennsylvania AAA Federation supports legislation that
provides for octane testing.