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For Immediate Release
October 25, 2018

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Tricia Harris, tharris@pachamber.org | 717.720.5447

Governor Tom Wolf’s Veto of Senate Bill 1172 Puts Pennsylvania Consumers, Manufacturers, Distributors, and Retailers at Risk

HARRISBURG - A diverse coalition of the state’s leading business and trade associations issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s veto of S.B. 1172, which aimed to bring clarity to the Price Gouging Act for the state’s business community.

 

“Governor Wolf’s decision leaves businesses, manufacturers and retailers across the Commonwealth potentially vulnerable to enforcement action from the Office of the Attorney General for unrelated price increases on consumer goods that may occur during emergencies and after a disaster declaration is terminated. 

 

“The recent renewal of Governor Wolf’s January disaster declaration to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic, which triggered the Price Gouging Act, illustrates the unintended consequences of yesterday’s decision. Though the need to fight this drug epidemic is not the type of emergency that should necessitate price restrictions, all consumer goods and services are nonetheless subject to pricing restrictions for the foreseeable future due to the declaration renewal, impacting every manufacturer, distributor and retailer across the state. 

 

“The legislature worked together to shape the law to be focused and effective with this legislation.  Senate Bill 1172 was supported 235-7 in the House and Senate combined, demonstrating that the vast majority of the General Assembly does not share the same concerns as the governor.  A blanket veto of this overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation is the wrong move for consumers and businesses in our Commonwealth.  We will continue to work with the legislature and governor to address this important issue.”  

 

Members of the coalition include: Associated Petroleum Industries of PA, National Federation of Independent Business, Pennsylvania Builders Association, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association, Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Pennsylvania Retailers Association.

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Members of the coalition include: Associated Petroleum Industries of PA, National Federation of Independent Business, Pennsylvania Builders Association, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association, Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Pennsylvania Retailers Association.