Our local Representative Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, is not pleased with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s veto of his measure to allow after-hours gasoline sales – a plan he says could have undoubtedly saved lives in the future, especially for late night or early morning drivers.

LaFave says Michigan is one of a small minority of states that require employees be present at all hours for fuel sales to occur, which decreases the number of stations open, increases congregation at these fewer open locations, and increases staff and customers’ chances of contracting COVID-19. All Michigan border states allow unattended fueling, and they have for

He says the Governor claims that she’s worried about unattended gas-stations staring forest fires but he says the bill also required stronger environmental protections and fire prevention technology than nearly any other state in the USA.