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H.654

Introduced by   Representatives Dostis of Waterbury and Klein of East Montpelier

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Consumer fraud; heating fuel contracts

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to expand the attorney general’s rulemaking power with regard to retail sales of liquefied petroleum gas to include sales of heating oil.  It requires those rules to require disclosure of prices and fees and the use of clear language in contracts, and it requires that those rules require businesses to respond to consumer requests to engage in tank swapping, where feasible.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONSUMER FRAUD RULES WITH RESPECT TO THE SALE OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS AND HEATING OIL

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:


Sec. 1.  9 V.S.A. § 2461b is amended to read:

§ 2461b.  REGULATION OF LIQUIFIED LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS

                AND HEATING OIL

(a)  The attorney general shall investigate irregularities, complaints, and unfair or deceptive acts in commerce by sellers of liquified liquefied petroleum gas and sellers of heating oil.

(b)  For the purpose of promoting business practices which are uniformly fair to sellers and which protect consumers, the attorney general shall promulgate adopt necessary rules and regulations, including, but not limited to, rules that require disclosure of prices and all fees, both in advertising and in contracts; rules that require that all contracts be written in plain and easily understood language; rules that require businesses to respond to consumer requests to engage in propane and fuel tank swapping, where feasible, and rules regarding notice prior to disconnection, repayment agreements, minimum delivery, discrimination, security deposits, and the assessment of fees and charges.

(c)  A violation of a rule or regulation promulgated adopted under this section shall constitute an unfair and deceptive act in commerce in violation of section 2453 of this title.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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