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Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: January 23, 2013

And in a Senate Finance subcommittee, Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw, who owned a chain of service stations, agreed that consumers will never see the full 17½ cent decrease per gallon, saying gasoline producers won't allow such a sharp disparity between rival markets across state lines.

The subcommittee was briefed on McDonnell's bill and several others intended to generate the additional $850 million to $1 billion the state needs to keep pace with highway maintenance and repair needs also got a hearing before a Senate Finance subcommittee on transportation. The panel will meet again over the next week to decide which to recommend to the full committee.

McDonnell's Secretary of Transportation, Sean Connaughton, said the administration believes competition will drive the price down.