The Connecticut Senate has voted to expand consumer protections from price gouging during major storms, such as the freak October snow storm that hit the state last year.
Senators voted 33-to-3 Wednesday in favor of the bill, which prohibits “unconscionably excessive” prices for storm-related services, such as snow removal, flood abatement services, lodging and post-storm cleanup and repair services.
The bill also states that certain goods cannot be sold at unconscionably high prices. The provisions would take effect after the governor declares there is a severe weather event.
Sen. Kevin Witkos said he saw unscrupulous people taking advantage of homeowners during the heavy snow storms of 2010 and 2011, advertising roof clearing for prices that jumped from $800 to $2,000. The bill now moves to the House for further action.