As Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina prepare for Hurricane Florence, Governor Ralph Northam's State of Emergency declaration has triggered Virginia's anti-price gouging statues designed to protect people from paying high prices for necessities in an emergency.
In 2004, the Virginia's Anti-Price Gouging Acts was passed to prohibit a supplier from charging "unconscionable prices" for "necessary goods and services" during the 30-day period following a declared state of emergency.
Items and services covered by these protections include, but are not limited to, water, ice, food, generators, batteries, home repair materials and services, and tree removal services.
A price is considered “unconscionable” if the post-disaster price grossly exceeds the price charged for the same or similar item or services during the ten days prior to the state of emergency.
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