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During its Sept. 6 session, the Prince George’s County Council voted unanimously to enact legislation requiring gas stations to prominently display credit card prices on their signs.

The measure was authored by Council member Edward Burroughs III (D-District 8). In a statement, Burroughs said the bill is about protecting consumers.

“We have so many seniors and individuals who go to the pump every single day thinking that they are going to pay one price, but because they primarily use a credit card or debit card, they are forced to pay a higher price,” he said. “We even have situations where gas companies will post the price of gas based on whether you receive a car wash or not, so you believe you are paying a certain amount when you are really paying several dollars more. The goal of this bill is to increase transparency.”

The bill will take effect 45 calendar days after it becomes law. Convenience stores and gas stations presently in operation have a full year from the effective date of the legislation to comply. Noncompliant convenience stores and gas stations, after a grace period, shall be charged a civil monetary fine of $100 for the first offense, $250 for the second offense, $500 for the third offense and $1,000 for every subsequent offense every calendar year.

James Wright Jr. is the D.C. political reporter for the Washington Informer Newspaper. He has worked for the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper as a reporter, city editor and freelance writer and The Washington...

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  1. Help me understand Lord! All the bureaucracy! 45 day after the law is comes into effect….Okay! But why do they get a full year to comply? So, they have a full year to continue robbing the poor old folk who don’t realize that these company manipulate their signage to get more money from them. And am I understanding this correctly? They will be charged a civil monetary fine of $1000 for “every subsequent offense every calendar year”!
    What does that mean?

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