STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
April 19, 2021
Introduced by Sen. THOMAS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection
AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to zone pricing of
gasoline, and to amend chapter 579 of the laws of 2008, amending the
general business law relating to zone pricing of gasoline, in relation
to zone pricing for retail motor fuel based on geographic location
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 399-ee of the
2 general business law is relettered paragraph (a-1) and a new paragraph
3 (a) is added to read as follows:
4 (a) "Additional costs" means all replacement and transportation costs
5 and taxes incurred.
6 § 2. Paragraph (g) of subdivision 1 of section 399-ee of the general
7 business law, as added by chapter 579 of the laws of 2008, is amended to
8 read as follows:
9 (g) "Relevant geographic market" means the geographic area [of effec-
10 tive competition] which is supplied by the same terminal facility.
11 § 3. Paragraph (m) of subdivision 1 of section 399-ee of the general
12 business law, as added by chapter 579 of the laws of 2008, is amended to
13 read as follows:
14 (m) "Zone pricing" means the [arbitrary] establishment of price
15 differences based on the geographical location of the retail outlet
16 within the relevant geographic market, [based on] without regard to the
17 posted terminal price [or] and any additional costs where the effect is
18 to injure competition.
19 § 4. Subdivision 2 of section 399-ee of the general business law, as
20 added by chapter 579 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
21 2. No wholesaler or dealer shall engage in zone pricing with respect
22 to any motor fuel of like grade or quality, which is supplied to dealer
23 operated retail outlets.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 § 5. Subdivision 3 of section 399-ee of the general business law is
2 amended by adding a new undesignated paragraph to read as follows:
3 Notwithstanding any right of action to the attorney general as
4 provided in this section, a wholesaler or dealer who has been injured by
5 reason of a violation of this section may bring an action in his or her
6 own name to enjoin such unlawful act, however, no damages of any nature
7 shall be recoverable in such action.
8 § 6. Section 2 of chapter 579 of the laws of 2008, amending the gener-
9 al business law relating to zone pricing of gasoline, is amended to read
10 as follows:
11 § 2. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature hereby finds and
12 declares that for the past several years motor fuel prices have greatly
13 fluctuated. In some cases, price fluctuations are caused by natural
14 market conditions. In other cases, fluctuations result from artificial
15 manipulation of the market. One such artificial pricing manipulation is
16 zone pricing. Zone pricing is the setting of different wholesale prices
17 for retail motor fuel [that operate in different geographic areas] based
18 on geographic location. Zone pricing increases the price of retail motor
19 fuel for certain consumers, leading to inequities among consumers and
20 regions around the state. Therefore, the legislature hereby declares
21 that while natural market occurrences may lead to price fluctuations,
22 artificial changes in motor fuel prices unfairly harm many consumers
23 around the state.
24 § 7. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
25 have become a law.