CHAPTER 686

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 28

MEMORIALIZING THE DELAWARE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO USE THE INFLUENCE OF THEIR OFFICES TO INSURE AND PROTECT INDEPENDENT GASOLINE AND OIL DEALERS IN DELAWARE.

WHEREAS, the multiple phases of fuel production in this country to a large extent are corporately integrated and controlled from its primary source to the consumer by big giant corporations; and

WHEREAS, independent gasoline and oil dealers find it very difficult to compete in the free market beside such huge corporate enterprises, despite federal legislation which prohibits restraint of trade and price fixing in the free market; and

WHEREAS, allegations are quite rampant that independent gasoline and oil dealers to use a colloquialism are getting a raw deal, particularly during our current energy shortage; and

WHEREAS, independent gasoline and oil dealers do not have the economic wherewithal to cope with or compete against the huge corporate enterprises that have economists, lawyers and staff literally in the thousands to influence governmental decisions; and

WHEREAS, independent gasoline and oil dealers are deserving of some consideration if only because of their limited resources.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 127th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, with the approval of the Governor of the State of Delaware, as attested by his signature appended hereto, that the Delaware Congressional Delegation is hereby requested to use the influence of their offices to insure and protect whenever possible independent gasoline and oil dealers in Delaware.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be made a part of the House and Senate Journals and that copies be forwarded to Senators William V. Roth, Jr., Joseph R. Biden, Jr., and Representative Pierre S. duPont, IV.

Approved July 17, 1974.