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Self-serve gas law will take effect in Oregon within days

The state has required gas to be pumped by attendants since 1951.

A person holds a gas nozzle inserted into a car's fuel tank at a gas station.

New Jersey will be left as the only state that still bans many drivers from fueling up on their own.

Photo by Erik Mclean

Oregon is a land where you can shred the ski slopes and relax on a beach in the same day, buy things without paying sales tax, and, soon, drivers will be able to pump their own gas.

Last week, Gov. Tina Kotek announced the bills she plans to veto before the end of the current legislative session on Friday, Aug. 4. House Bill 2426 was notably absent from the list. State law requires Kotek to serve notice of a possible veto at least five business days in advance — and that time has come and gone.

The bill will legalize self-service gas statewide. An emergency clause allows it to take effect immediately when Kotek either signs it or allows it to pass unsigned on Friday. Gas stations will be free to offer self-service fueling at up to half of their pumps (read: at least half of a station’s pumps must still be full service), though the rules can vary in some remote counties.