Georgia governor signs order against price gouging

September 12, 2008

ATLANTA - If you price gouge in Georgia, you will have to pay the price. Governor Sonny Perdue has signed an executive order, officially activating a state statue against raising prices too high in times of an emergency. President Bush has already declared a state of emergency in Texas and Louisiana.

Below is the official news release from Governor Perdue's office:

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue signed an Executive Order today activating Georgia’s price gouging statute to protect Georgia consumers from unlawful increases in gas prices and other products.

“The threat of Hurricane Ike has disrupted the production of distribution of gasoline, which will have an effect on prices,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “However, we expect the prices that Georgians pay at the pump to be in line with the prices retailers are paying. We will not tolerate retailers taking advantage of Georgians during a time of emergency.”

Citizens are asked to report any suspected incidences of price gouging to the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs at (404) 651-8600 or (800) 869-1123.

Georgia’s price gouging statute prevents retailers from selling goods or services at an unreasonable or egregious price. Georgia’s price gouging statute does not prevent price increases that accurately reflect an increase in the cost of the goods or services to the retailer, an increase in the cost of transporting the goods or services into the area, or an increase due to the market forces of supply and demand.

“Mary and I hope and pray the damage caused by Hurricane Ike will be minimal,” Governor Perdue added. “Georgians stand ready to assist our fellow Americans in any way possible as they recover from the impacts of this dangerous storm.”

The text of the Executive Order is below:

WHEREAS: Hurricane Ike has caused a natural disaster throughout much of the Gulf Coast region, thereby adversely affecting the motor fuel supplies to the State of Georgia; and

WHEREAS: Price gouging related to motor fuels is detrimental to the social and economic welfare of the citizens of Georgia; and

WHEREAS: Wholesale and retail gas prices have substantially increased in some markets in recent hours; and

WHEREAS: In the light of these circumstances, and to protect public health, safety and welfare, it is necessary to prevent price gouging using the authority vested in the Governor by virtue of O.C.G.A. Section 38-3-51.

NOW, THEREFORE, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME AS GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: That a State of Emergency exists in the State of Georgia and that the O.C.G.A. Section 10-1-393.4, prohibiting price gouging, is activated.

This 12th day of September, 2008

Governor Sonny Perdue


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  • by Brenda Location: Warm Springs Georgia on Jul 22, 2009 at 10:48 AM
    The stations in Warm Springs an manchester have their gas prices at 2.49 a gallon while columbus, Newnan and surronding areas are 2.21 or less these are Jones Petroluem Stations
  • by Don Location: Albany,ga on Dec 2, 2008 at 09:08 AM
    The price of gas in albany has jumped .14 cents overnight and nobody at the stations seem to know why.Can you enlighten me so i can pass the answer on to the station owners?
  • by Shawn Location: East Point, Georgia on Sep 29, 2008 at 11:23 AM
    Ladies and Gents in GA the best thing that we can do is report the gouging to the governors office of consulmer affairs. This morninf I filled up at the local Shell station here in East point only to be charged 4.60 a gallon. You should have seen the look on the owners face when I walked in and said do you realize that what you are doing is price gouging? He was speechless and the just started stuttering.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 26, 2008 at 06:46 PM
    Alto grocery had their gas at 4.19 this morning and as they have figured out that everyone around them has ran out of gas they have jumped to 4.69. And their sign still says 4.20! Who is suppose to be enforcing these laws?
  • by concerned Location: columbus on Sep 18, 2008 at 05:11 AM
    I find it kind of funny on how a Cheveron station has their regular unleaded priced at 4.09 per gallon and just acroos the road from them, Circle K is selling the same grade for 4.24 per gallon, only 5 cents cheaper than the price of 4.29 per gallon. why is gas prices going up when the price for oil has dropped below 95 dollars per barrel? the suppliers are way too greedy over their product and rather charge riculous prices for their stuff. these pirates need to be smacked in the head.
  • by mary faust Location: augusta on Sep 14, 2008 at 04:59 PM
    I can tell u that on peach orchard rd some gas station are 3.99 and other are 4.99 this need to be looked at
  • by Ed Location: Waycross GA on Sep 14, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    We shall see about this. Gas prices in SE Georgia were 20 cents higher than in Jacksonville FL yesterday. Normally, they are 10 cents lower here.
  • by teresa Location: martinez on Sep 13, 2008 at 08:43 PM
    this is price gouging. if it isn't, then why is it in the south that gas prices are going so high. the average price for regular is 3.79 and that is in calif. and in delaware its still 3.54. even aaa has stated that gas went up an average of 6 cents in one day. so i say yes it is gouging since it is only in the south and around the hurraicane now down-graded...and why did the tankers take a day or two off and not deliver the fuel thats sitting and waiting to be delivered in north augusta where some augusta stores get their gas from. their bosses told them to...
  • by leslie Location: tifton on Sep 13, 2008 at 04:35 PM
    TIFTON'S GAS PRICES ARE AROUND $4.39 A GALLON FOR GAS. AND SEVERAL GAS STATIONS AROUND HAVE RAN OUT OF GAS AND AREN'T EXPECTING US TO GET ANY IN UNTIL MONDAY OR TUESDAY. WHEN IT COMES IN ON THOSE DAYS THERE IS TALK THAT THE GAS PRICES COULD BE ANYWHERE FROM $4.50 TO $5.00 A GALLON. IT'S BEEN SAID THAT ITS NOT LIKELY TO COME DOWN ANYTIME SOON. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!! WHY SHOULD WE HAVE TO PAY SO MUCH FOR GAS? WE ARE KNOWWHERE NEAR TEXAS!
  • by perry Location: augusta on Sep 13, 2008 at 03:04 PM
    WTG Perdue, just look at the prices of gas here compared to those in Texas, every station in Augusta should be fined!!!
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