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State lawmakers want gas stations with generators

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Two state lawmakers say new laws are needed after last weekend's rare autumn snow storm that would require electric generators at gas stations and senior housing.

State Rep. Zeke Zalaski, a Democrat from Southington, said Thursday that many of his constituents in need of gas for vehicles and generators were unable to find stations with the power to sell fuel. He said the few that were open had long lines and created traffic jams.

Zalaski's bill would also require generators at senior housing complexes.

Rep. Matthew Lesser, a Democrat from Middletown, is suggesting a new system in which the state would buy generators for every city and town with a gas station. In municipalities with multiple stations, the owners would bid on the generators and theoretically get a bargain.

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