Summary of the Introduced Bill

HB 241 -- Price Gouging

Sponsor:  Bruns

This bill prohibits sellers from charging excessive prices for
necessities during emergencies.  An excessive price is one that
exceeds the seller's retail price prior to the emergency by 10%
or more.

An affirmative defense is available if a person can prove that
the excessive price is due to either an increase in the cost to
the person or that the increase is not within the person's

A person who engages in price gouging is liable for three times
the amount unfairly received for each transaction.

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94th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session
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