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Maryland bill would fill gap in state law to address price-gouging

February 5th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Maryland lawmakers are taking aim at price-gouging with a new bill to address a long-standing consumer complaint and fill a gap in state law. WBAL reports consumers feeling pinched say they are forced to pay artificially increased prices.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers have noticed they're paying more for many items they need. Companies blame demand and supply chain issues.

Sen. Clarence Lam, D-District 12, whose district encompasses portions of Howard and Baltimore counties, is proposing legislation to prohibit companies from boosting prices on essential goods or services by more than 10% during an emergency declaration and for 90 days after it expires.