Bill Status of HB4119 94th General Assembly
Short Description: MOTOR FUEL-PRICE GOUGING
Rep. Bill Mitchell and Donald L. Moffitt
| 1/9/2007||House||Session Sine Die|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Consumer Protection Fuel Price Gouging Act. Provides that it is unlawful for any motor-fuel vendor to sell or offer to sell motor fuel within the State at a price that is increased because of the vendor's knowledge of a perceived disruption in the motor-fuel market. An increase in the price of motor fuel is rebuttably presumed to be based upon the vendor's knowledge of a perceived disruption in the motor-fuel market if: (1) the increased amount charged over any 7-day period represents a gross disparity between the average price at which the motor fuel was readily obtainable within the vendor's trade area during the previous 45 days; and (2) the increase in the amount charged is not attributable to cost factors to the vendor, including replacement costs, taxes, and transportation costs incurred by the vendor. Provides that a violation of this Act constitutes a violation of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, but nothing in this Act creates a private cause of action in favor of any person damaged by a violation of this Act. Requires the Attorney General to investigate a motor-fuel vendor if the Attorney General receives 5 or more complaints against that motor-fuel vendor alleging violations of this Act. Preempts home rule. Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act to make corresponding changes. Effective immediately.