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Bevin orders state’s prohibitions against price gouging activated to prevent consumer fraud

Gov. Matt Bevin has activated the state’s prohibitions on price gouging to protect consumers during the winter storm that has affected most of the Commonwealth.

The price gouging emergency order is effective as of 7 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.

Gov. Matt Bevin issued an order prohibiting price gouging Saturday

Gov. Matt Bevin issued an order prohibiting price gouging Saturday

“In coordination with state authorities, I have put in effect prohibitions on price gouging in order to ensure Kentuckians pay appropriate prices on essential services and supplies during this winter storm,” said Bevin. “Safety remains our top priority as we dig out of the snow. I urge Kentuckians to continue to monitor road conditions before leaving the house and report any price gouging activity to the Attorney General’s office.”

The emergency order triggers several consumer protection measures that will remain in place for 30 days, but may be extended past that time as needed. This order empowers the Attorney General’s office to be on the lookout for consumers and prosecute, where appropriate, any instances of price gouging including, generators, building supplies, chainsaws, hotel rooms and other necessary goods and services at an exorbitant price in a time of disaster.

“Kentuckians should never be subjected to price gouging by retailers and this is especially true during a natural disaster,” Attorney General Andy Beshear said. “My office and all of its resources stand ready to investigate and even prosecute cases of identifiable predatory pricing. I appreciate Gov. Bevin issuing this emergency declaration on price gouging to help protect Kentucky consumers. During this time of crisis, we are asking Kentuckians to be cautious when purchasing goods and services.”

Beshear is encouraging anyone with specific information regarding possible price gouging to contact the Office of the Attorney General at 888-432-9257 or e-mail consumerprotection@ky.gov.

From Governor’s Office Communications

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  1. Elena says:

    Any legislation on gabmnilg should be put forth in a state wide referendum. The Kentucky House and Senate have already shown time and time again that they will not always do the will of the people and be fair about it when it comes to this issue. As far as the horse industry goes, state lawmakers on both sides should look at the unintended consequences of choosing or not choosing the winners in the gabmnilg debate. If a bill is passed aimed at protecting the interest of the racing venues like Churchill Downs Inc., the horse men in KY will take it on the chin. Churchill is in the business of making money and slots do not need stables. And finally, the fact that everyone looks at this as a win-win for the state in revenue might be right, that depends on how you spend the money if it comes in. But you can bet the Governor will be a “kid in a candy store”. The more money you give a liberal, the more he wants. With so much red ink in Frankfort, and a fiscal liberal running the state who can’t add, well, here’s a sure bet, there is going to be a whole lot more ‘new’ spending taking place in Frankfort if any gabmnilg bill passes.

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