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    Kentucky Bill Would Impose Civil Fines On Gasoline Thieves

    Retailers could give a $30 service charge on top of what's owed at the pump.

    FRANKFORT, Ky. -- People caught driving off without paying for their gasoline could face a bigger penalty under a bill approved yesterday by the Kentucky legislators, according to The Associated Press.

    Senate Bill 136 would allow retailers to impose a $30 service charge on top of the amount owed at the pump. Violators failing to make those payments within 30 days after receiving notice could also face a civil penalty of up to $100, according to the report.

    Rep. Rob Wilkey, D-Scottsville, said the bill would improve efforts by retailers to collect from people who fuel up and leave without paying.

    The state House of Representatives approved the bill 90-7. It now returns to the Senate for consideration of changes made by the House.

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