senate Bill S7028

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to price gouging

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 08, 2018 reported and committed to codes
Mar 19, 2018 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 03, 2018 referred to consumer protection


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May 8, 2018 - Consumer Protection committee Vote

Aye with Reservations
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Consumer Protection Committee Vote: May 8, 2018

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S7028 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §396-r, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S4094
2011-2012: S2023
2013-2014: S238
2015-2016: S1122, A6032
2019-2020: S1642, A2621
2021-2022: A1461

S7028 (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.

S7028 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7028 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            I N  S E N A T E


                             January 3, 2018

Introduced  by  Sen.  BROOKS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer 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:
  § 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
market  [which results in the declaration of a state of emergency by the
governor]. For the purposes of this section, the term consumer goods and


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