Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Governor signs executive order protecting Kentuckians from price-gouging

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 15, 2008  
Contact Information:  1LT Andi Hahn
Asst. Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky National Guard

FRANKFORT, KY: Sept 12, 2008 – Governor Steven L. Beshear signed an Executive Order today declaring a state of emergency exists within the Commonwealth due to possible economical impact from Hurricane Ike. In accordance with KRS 367.374, the governor can implement provisions of the law aimed at protecting the citizens of Kentucky from predatory pricing, including but not limited to the sale of gasoline and building supplies.

Under this statute the Governor has the authority to declare that: “No person shall sell, rent, or offer to sell or rent, regardless of whether an actual sale occurs, a good or service listed in this paragraph or any repair or reconstruction service for a price which is grossly in excess of the price prior to the declaration and unrelated to any increased cost to the seller.”

The price-gouging restriction remains in effect for thirty (30) days, with provision for another thirty (30) day extension if deemed necessary.

The Office of the Attorney General has established a telephone Hot Line to register possible price-gouging complaints. That number is (502) 696-5466. A similar e-mail address has been established at: . Their website address is