With fuel prices in Arizona reaching $3 per gallon or more,
state Attorney General Terry Goddard is renewing his call for a law intended to
protect consumers from being gouged at the fuel pump.
Goddard said in a recent written statement that the state
needs protections from predatory pricing in response to “the sharp run-up in
This is the third time in as many years Goddard has pushed
for an anti-gouging rule. The Arizona Legislature has failed to approve any
The National Conference of State Legislatures reports nearly
30 states have some type of price gouging ban. The laws in many of those states
are triggered by emergency declarations.
The same declaration is sought by Goddard, which couldn’t be
triggered in current circumstances because no state of emergency has been
declared by Gov. Janet Napolitano or President Bush.
Goddard is holding out hope that state lawmakers will
consider a proposal in the Arizona House that is intended to address gouging
concerns. The bill – HB2827 – has remained in three House committees since it
was introduced in February.
Republican lawmakers say the bill’s definition of gouging
needs more work, The Arizona Republic reported. Others contend the
measure is overkill because the market does a good job of regulating prices.