Gov. Jennifer Granholm has ordered the state’s public employees
to keep an eye out for fuel price gouging in the state.
a statement Feb. 27, the governor’s office said workers in the Michigan
Department of Agriculture and the Michigan Public Service Commission
would monitor fuel prices, and refer information about potentially
unfair pricing practices to the attorney general for possible action
under the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.
effort also extended to the Legislature.
Kathleen Law, D-Gibraltar, and Sen. Ray Basham, D-Taylor, plan to
introduce bills to prohibit gouging during states of emergency declared
by the Governor. Currently, the law contains no specific prohibition
against fuel price gouging, even in the face of a state emergency.
The prohibitions would be added to the Michigan Consumer Protection
consumers during a time of crisis is an absolute outrage and will
not be tolerated,” Rep. Law said in the statement. “Gas stations
and oil companies that turn public fear into obscene profits must
be held accountable.”
to a report in The Detroit News, immediately after the Sept.
11, 2001, attacks, Granholm, who was then state attorney
general, filed actions against 48 fuel stations, some of which were
selling fuel for $5 a gallon. Her actions collected refunds of about
$80,000 and $30,000 in fines.