Lawmaker says she never wanted to ban self-pumped gas

Rep. Camille Lilly said the short language in her bill did not fully reflect her intention

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

State Rep. Camille Y. Lilly (78th) has been doing damage control ever since announcing her proposed Gas Station Attendant Act earlier this month, which according to the summary posted on the Illinois General Assembly's legislative and information website will effectively ban consumers from pumping their own gas at fueling stations. 

House Bill 4571, which Lilly filed on Feb. 5, 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." 

In a statement her office has released since then, however, Lilly said that HB 4571 "is not intended pass as is," adding that the bill's intention "is to give consumers the option to be serviced by a gas station attendant, in addition to the self-service option currently used." 

Lilly, whose district spans parts of Oak Park, added that the proposed bill may potentially create jobs "that impact the local economy." 

During a Feb. 14 interview on WGN Radio 720, Lilly said that banning self-pumped gas "was never a consideration" and that the bill "was a vehicle to begin conversation and it did that." 

Lilly said she had been fielding safety concerns at area gas stations from senior citizens, parents and disabled residents. 

Lilly also placed some blame for the confusion on the Illinois Legislative Research Unit, the nonpartisan legislative research agency that state lawmakers rely on to do the legwork of translating their intentions into actual policy. Lilly said the description online is not what she intended to propose. 

She added that the bill is a vehicle designed to move the conversation forward and that she plans on working with "consumers, gas station owners and the industry to figure out how we can bring forth convenience and safety at the pump — and maybe, possibly create jobs." 

CONTACT: michael@oakpark.com 

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Tom MacMillan  

Posted: February 24th, 2020 4:34 PM

Maybe Camille can get Tommy to be her official explainer.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: February 19th, 2020 12:35 PM

Tom MacMillan This story is well written and it mentions she did want to use what she said as a vehicle to get the conversation going. I just do not understand why so many politicians like saying things they later did not mean. I suppose that is why we have voting to determine if we like politicians starting a conversation by what they really want. I like the idea of having people back working to dispensing gasoline because it would improve employment and give motorist a decision if they would want to pay an extra price per gallon for the service. Of course anyone who is not physically capable of pumping gasoline would not be subjected to the extra cost per gallon. She could have corrected this mistake so easily by standing by what she said and adding in the importance of creating jobs

Tom MacMillan from OAK PARK  

Posted: February 19th, 2020 10:45 AM

She was just moving the conversation into the totally confusing zone. This is who we have making laws?

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: February 18th, 2020 8:15 PM

Now let me try and figure out what this Politician is saying from this quote "House Bill 4571, which Lilly filed on Feb. 5, 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." Alright now I understand. The intention was as intended and then it did not go over well so then the Politician decided to move into damage control and decided to say she never meant what she said. Well if she never meant what she said then when do you know what she says is what she really means. I understand Politicians do this a lot although this is some thing even a person who does not pay attention to what a Politician says can figure this one out. Good thing there are public relation firms who can control the mess and make citizens forget about it

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