assembly Bill A6032

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Relates to price gouging

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 26, 2016 advanced to third reading cal.398
Feb 25, 2016 reported
Feb 09, 2016 reported referred to codes
Jan 06, 2016 referred to consumer affairs and protection
May 27, 2015 reported referred to codes
Mar 11, 2015 referred to consumer affairs and protection


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A6032 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง396-r, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S4094
2011-2012: S2023
2013-2014: S238
2017-2018: A5249, S2034, S7028
2019-2020: A2621, S1642

A6032 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to price gouging; imposes criminal penalties for price gouging; removes language relating to the declaration of a state of emergency; increases civil penalty (view more) authorizes a district attorney to enforce provisions.

A6032 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             March 11, 2015

Introduced by M. of A. DINOWITZ -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Consumer Affairs and Protection

AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to price gouging


  Section 1. Section 396-r of the general business law,  as  amended  by
chapter 510 of the laws of 1998, subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 224
of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
  S  396-r.  Price gouging. 1. Legislative findings and declaration. The
legislature hereby finds that during periods of abnormal  disruption  of
the  market caused by strikes, power failures, severe shortages or other
extraordinary adverse circumstances, some parties within  the  chain  of
distribution  of consumer goods have taken unfair advantage of consumers
by charging grossly excessive prices for essential  consumer  goods  and
  In  order to prevent any party within the chain of distribution of any
consumer goods from taking unfair advantage of consumers during abnormal
disruptions of the market, the  legislature  declares  that  the  public
interest  requires  that  such conduct be prohibited and made subject to
civil AND CRIMINAL penalties.
  2. During any abnormal disruption of the market for consumer goods and
services vital and necessary for  the  health,  safety  and  welfare  of
consumers,  no  party  within the chain of distribution of such consumer
goods or services or both shall sell or offer to sell any such goods  or
services or both for an amount which represents an unconscionably exces-
sive   price.  For  purposes  of  this  section,  the  phrase  "abnormal
disruption of the market" shall mean any change in the  market,  whether
actual  or  imminently  threatened,  resulting  from  stress of weather,
convulsion of nature, failure or shortage of  electric  power  or  other
source of energy, strike, civil disorder, war, military action, national
or  local  emergency,  or  other  cause of an abnormal disruption of the

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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