Governor Signs Order to Stop Price Gouging

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's governor has signed an order
declaring a state of emergency and invoking the state's anti-price
gouging law as Hurricane Ike bears down on the Texas coast.
Gov. Steve Beshear signed the order on Friday, saying gas stations started raising fuel prices overnight before the storm made landfall.
Beshear signed the order at the request of Attorney General Jack
Conway, who said in a letter released Friday that invoking the law now will help prevent predatory pricing.
Conway's spokeswoman Allison Martin said the Attorney General's
office has received reports of gas rising to $4.20 in some locations and exceeding $4.50 others.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by jim Location: barbourville on Sep 16, 2008 at 11:26 AM
    This has done more for the environment than Al Gore ever dreamed of.Less cars on the road Less emissions maybe the LORD is cleaning things up.Look on the bright side you don't have to pack all that money around let the oil gods do it for you.
  • by Joey Location: Lex on Sep 16, 2008 at 10:17 AM
    James from Salyersville said: "When I hear a politician claim he is interestd in what happens to the common man, I get goose bumps!? I'll have to disagree with you James; I actually get Diarrhea!
  • by James Location: Salyersville on Sep 15, 2008 at 07:33 PM
    Big Oil will find a way to get the money. If Frankfort is, which we know better because it is not, interested in the common person, they would drop some of their taxes from oil prdoucts we must have. Especially, home heating this winter where kerosene/fuel oil is bouncing around five dollars per gallon, Kerosene is supposed to bea a cheap bi-product in the making of gasoline, but those fat cats in Frankfort make sure they they reap their profits no matter what the common person has to pay! When I hear a politician claim he is interestd in what happens to the common man, I get goose bumps!
  • by steve Location: irvine on Sep 15, 2008 at 06:54 PM
    I love it man it keeps the uninsured welfare Cadillac s off the roads and out of my BIG GAS GUZZLING FOUR WHEEL DRIVES WAY.
  • by RC Location: Staffordsville on Sep 15, 2008 at 05:10 PM
    If you think Frankfort is going to do ANYTHING, you are just kidding yourselves! Our supposed representatives will do nothing except vote to give themselves another 5% pay raise with the money from fines (if any) that are paid by the gougers. If they will vote themselves a 5% pay raise when the rest or the state is broke and others (including state employees) are loosing their jobs, they will be laughing all the way to the bank when the state coffers are full. The people we elect and send to Frankfort care only for themselves. You and I mean nothing to them except on election day. Please STOP voting for the incumbents. That is the only way to invoke change. Politicians = Crooks, Thiefs, Liars!
  • by RC Location: Staffordsville on Sep 15, 2008 at 05:09 PM
    What punishment will these gas stations receive? Pay a fine to the state from the profits from citizens? My, what protection the citizens have from price gouging! Sounds like more money for the house and senate to give themselves another pay raise and pat each other on the back. SSDD (same **** different day)
  • by Jennifer Location: Knox Co Ky on Sep 15, 2008 at 05:07 PM
    Oil is under 100 a barrel.Why is gas still almost 5.00 a gallon?
  • by madddd Location: paintsville ky on Sep 15, 2008 at 03:15 PM
    any idiot can see that if a station owner has the same gas in his tanks today and tomorrow it goes up 25 to 50 cents over night and that is without a new delivery then he is cheating the public, but if you ask any gas station owner how much he makes on a gallon of gas they try to make you believe they only make 5 cents or 6 cents on the gallon, come on boys, we ain't completely stupid!
  • by gail Location: frenchburg on Sep 15, 2008 at 12:08 PM
    they don't need to be fined they need to be put out of business. catching them do this and the government should put their business up for sale to the highest bidder, profit or loss! just like when a drug dealers cars/guns/ etc. are confiscated! how can prices be so high when a barrel of oil is lower then it has been in over a year!
  • by John Location: Greenup Co. on Sep 15, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    The Governor will say something to the small gas stations, BUT will not say a word to the distributors and the local refineries!!!

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