SALEM – Oregonians may soon have the choice of pumping their own gas into their vehicles across the state. On Wednesday, June 21, the Oregon Senate passed House Bill 2426 with overwhelming bipartisan support. The new law gives Oregon drivers the choice to pump their own gas or receive service from a gas station attendant. The bill now heads to Governor Tina Kotek’s desk for consideration.Under the new law, at least 50% of the pumps must still offer attended service for elderly, disabled, or preference-driven customers.
Oregon and New Jersey are the only two states in the nation that ban self-service gas, but Eastern Oregonians are no strangers to pumping their own fuel. In 2015, Oregon lawmakers allowed self-serve gas during nighttime hours in rural and coastal counties to help fuel retailers and drivers. Two years later, lawmakers expanded that to all hours for rural counties.