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RI lawmaker wants law against gas price gouging

February 28, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island has no law against price gouging at the gas pump, but a state lawmaker is calling on the General Assembly to pass one as fuel prices rise.

Rep. Samuel Azzinaro has written legislation to prohibit retailers from significantly inflating prices on gasoline and other commodities during an emergency.

Azzinaro, a Westerly Democrat, says he worries that in the event of a disaster or other emergency dishonest retailers might use already high gas prices to justify even higher prices.

AAA Southern New England said Monday that a gallon of regular unleaded is now $3.77 in Rhode Island, nine cents higher than last week and eight cents above the national average.

Azzinaro's bill would also outlaw price gouging on food, water and home heating fuel.

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