Legistlative Affairs

The collective strength of our membership provides the platform by which the petroleum industry can continue to flourish, by working with government regulators to promote, preserve and protect our industry in today’s business climate.

Recent Legislative News

The Green New Deal Has Arrived in Connecticut

The Green New Deal Has Arrived in Connecticut

The “Green New Deal” has arrived in Connecticut! As we suspected, the bill proposes to end our industry and transition our workforce to yet to be developed green jobs. This is the most overt and specific attack on our industry that I have seen in the two decades I...

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2020 Federal Motor Fuel Excise Tax Rates

2020 Federal Motor Fuel Excise Tax Rates

The federal Oil Spill Liability Tax (OSLT) that expired on December 31, 2018 has been reauthorized prospectively (not retroactively) beginning January 1, 2020. Refiners are the only parties in the petroleum distribution chain liable for the OSLT. The OSLT rate is...

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New Laws Effective 1/1/2020

New Laws Effective 1/1/2020

There's no more sales tax exemption on safety equipment. We reported on this when it passed but there's nothing marketers actually need to do since the tax will be applied automatically by suppliers on purchases of these products. Also gone is the $250 business entity...

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New Law Changes That Affect CEMA Members

New Law Changes That Affect CEMA Members

While the new $43 billion state budget that was adopted last month claimed to not increase the sales or income tax, a number of "changes" were made that will have an effect on CEMA members. Below is a summary of the new expanded application of the sales tax and some...

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Natural Gas Leak Bill Approved By Environment Committee

Natural Gas Leak Bill Approved By Environment Committee

The Connecticut General Assembly's Environment Committee approved a bill that would prohibit natural gas utilities from charging their customers for leaked gas into the environment. CEMA would like to thank Steve Rosentel of Leahy's Fuel (Danbury), John Daniels of...

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Fight The Carbon Tax

Fight The Carbon Tax

Language for a new carbon tax bill in Connecticut is out, and there will be a hearing on the bill, No. 1064, starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 18 in Room 2B at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The bill's language is identical to that of bills proposed...

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CEMA Members Storm The Capitol

CEMA Members Storm The Capitol

Last week, 50 CEMA members participated in the 4th annual March on Hartford. Lead by CEMA Board of Directors Chairman Peter Russell of Santa Fuel (Bridgeport), participants started the day with a briefing on all of the issues that they were going to tackle with their...

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CEMA Members Testify On Legislation To Promote Bioheat®

CEMA Members Testify On Legislation To Promote Bioheat®

Sharon Peterson of Apple Oil (West Haven), John Bowman of FF Hitchcock (Cheshire), Steve Sack of Sack Energy (West Hartford), Eli Patterson of Kolmar (Bridgeport), and Chris Herb of CEMA all testified before the Energy Committee in support of a bill that would help...

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