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Slaughter Bill Seeks Relief from High Gasoline Prices

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter wants to end an oil industry practice that she says is contributing to high gasoline prices.

The Western New York Democrat says she's co-sponsoring legislation that would prohibit what's known as "zone pricing." She says gasoline retailers are now required by "big oil" to buy from a specific branded wholesaler.

Slaughter says her bill would allow retailers to shop around for a cheaper wholesaler, passing the savings onto consumers.

Slaughter says she's also sending a letter to the Government Accountability Office requesting an investigation into the practice of zone pricing.

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