Due to continued complaints of post-Hurricane Ike price gouging, the State of Texas is extending its disaster declaration for 90 counties through November 6.
Area counties included in the disaster declaration include Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Robertson, Waller, Walker and Washington.
The declaration triggers heightened enforcement authority for the Office of the Attorney General under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
This authority protects Texans by prohibiting exorbitant prices for necessities, such as drinking water, food, batteries and generators. Although state law prohibits vendors from illegally raising prices to reap exorbitant profits during a disaster, it does allow retailers to pass along wholesale price increases to customers. Thus, in some cases, increased prices may not necessarily signal illegal price gouging.
To file a complaint, go to www.texasattorneygeneral.gov, or call the Attorney General's Consumer Complaint Hotline at (800) 252-8011.