Oklahoma governor declares state of emergency for 35 counties

The declaration also activates the state's price-gouging statute, which prohibits an increase of more than 10 percent in the price of most goods and services.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: May 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm •  Published: May 30, 2012

“The severe storms that crossed the state on Tuesday left behind massive damage to personal and business property that will need to be repaired,” state Attorney General Scott Pruitt said. “The overwhelming majority of Oklahomans are focused on helping their neighbors in the aftermath, but we have seen a few cases of price gouging and fraudulent claims in the past, so consumers need to be aware.”

The statute was adopted after tornadoes in May 1999 caused significant damage across a large portion of Oklahoma.

“This statute is meant to protect Oklahomans during some of their most vulnerable times,” Pruitt said. “Our hope is that knowledge of the law will prevent artificial price increases and remind anyone considering such action that they may face criminal or civil action.”

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Getting help

Oklahomans who suspect price gouging should file a complaint with the attorney general's public protection unit. Complaint forms are available at www.oag.ok.gov or consumers may call 521-2029.

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