Price Gouging Bill To Be Discussed

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) _ Some Connecticut lawmakers are seeking support for legislation they say will address price gouging for storm-related services, such as snow removal and lodging during long power outages.

Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney of New Haven, Wethersfield Sen. Paul Doyle and Bloomfield Rep. David Baram are appearing Monday at Mountain View Landscape in Cromwell to discuss the legislation. They say it addresses an inadequacy in Connecticut’s current price gouging laws, which mainly apply to the price gouging of goods.

The lawmakers said recent extreme weather events in Connecticut, including the Feb. 8 blizzard, have led to a higher demand for services. That has provided an opportunity for unscrupulous businesses to gouge vulnerable consumers.

Similar legislation was proposed over the past two years, but it ultimately failed.

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