Schmidt legislation improving security measures at the pump signed by governor

Lansing, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday signed into law legislation that will provide additional protections for consumers who use credit or debit cards to purchase fuel.

The governor gave final approval to Senate Bill 415, which would allow filling stations the option of installing any of the following security measures on individual pumps: tamper proof security tape; a device to render the pump or credit card scanning device inoperable unless accessed by an authorized user; encryption of credit card information; a new lock to replace the manufacturer’s lock; or any other security measure approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

“Technology has improved access to information and made our lives much easier in many ways,” said Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, the bill’s lead sponsor. “At the same time these advancements have opened several doors for criminals as well. This legislation will curb criminal efforts, while still allowing people the convenience of paying at the pump.”

SB 415 is now Public Act 168 of 2017.

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