Legislation would require gas companies to justify charges


State Reps. Ronald V. Gerberry and Robert F. Hagan plan to introduce legislation shortly in the Ohio House to create a state oversight commission that would require gas companies to justify what they charge.

The bill creates a 10-member commission that also would review the state’s regulations affecting gasoline supply and prices as well as review and track alternative energy sources, said Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th.

“It’s price gouging,” Gerberry said in explaining the high cost of gas at a press conference today at the BP station on the corner of Gypsy Lane and Belmont Avenue in Liberty. The price of regular gas at the BP was $3.959 a gallon.

The legislation is bipartisan, Gerberry said. Gerberry and Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, would be the main sponsors in the House. State Sen. Tim Grendell of Chesterland, R-18th, is sponsoring the bill in the Senate.

For the complete story, read Tuesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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