Governor Beshear Activates Excessive Fuel Price Laws

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Andy Beshear issued an executive order Thursday declaring a state of emergency and activated the state’s price gouging laws to provide protection against high-priced gasoline and motive fuel.

Kentucky consumers can report price gouging to the Attorney General’s Office, and scammers can be held liable under state law, according to a statement from Beshear’s office.

According to the American Automobile Association, gasoline prices repeatedly hit record highs in Kentucky in May and continued to rise in June with a record average price of $4,798 per gallon on June 11. AAA reported an average price of $4.73 per gallon in June. 20.

“Kentucky families deserve relief from rising gas prices,” Beshear said. “Anyone sitting at a kitchen table working on a budget knows that every little bit counts, and I will continue to seek out and take whatever action might make the slightest difference.”

Recently, the governor sent a letter asking the attorney general to advise him on whether to declare a state of emergency.

According to Beshear’s office, the attorney general said his office had received 263 price gouging complaints since Jan. 1, and that 22 of those complaints reported prices that were 10% or more higher than the price in Kentucky at that time. era. The attorney general said he believed declaring a state of emergency would provide “minimal” relief, the statement said.

Beshear’s office said it took today’s action because it firmly believes that even minimal relief is better than no relief.

On June 2, Beshear halted a 2-cent-per-gallon hike in the state gasoline tax that would have taken effect July 1. The current state gasoline tax rate of 26 cents was set to increase, which would have resulted in a price hike on regular and diesel fuel.

Karl M. Bailey