House Bill No. 5750

Public Act No. 00-223

An Act Concerning Oil Supply Shortages.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 16a-22 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any person engaged in the business of selling petroleum products, as defined in section 16a-22c, on a wholesale basis who has sufficient [advance] knowledge of an impending shortage in the availability of petroleum products, as defined in section 16a-22c, or any officer or manager of a firm or corporation engaged in such business who has such [advance] knowledge, shall cause to be given immediate written notice [at least thirty days in advance] of any possible inability as a result of such shortage to deliver petroleum products, as defined in section 16a-22c, to [a] the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and to each retail oil dealer engaged in the business of supplying petroleum products, as defined in section 16a-22c, for residential heating that such person, firm or corporation customarily supplies with petroleum products, as defined in section 16a-22c, on a wholesale basis. No such person engaged in the business of selling petroleum products, as defined in section 16a-22c, on a wholesale basis and no such officer or manager shall discriminate, in the percentage of supplies delivered, against independent retail oil dealers in favor of dealers affiliated with such supplier.

(b) Any person engaged in the business of distributing or selling petroleum products, as defined in section 16a-22c, on a wholesale basis who intends to terminate the supply of petroleum products, as defined in section 16a-22c, to a retail dealer shall give written notice at least fourteen days in advance of such termination to the retail dealer, the municipality or municipalities in which the retail dealer distributes and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management concerning such proposed termination of supply.

(c) Any person, firm or corporation who violates the provisions of this section shall be fined [five hundred] one thousand dollars for each violation.

Approved June 1, 2000