AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a warning on Friday to anyone participating in price-gouging of medical supplies as Texas continues to combat the threat of the coronavirus.READ MORE: President Biden Signs Executive Order That Includes Part Of 'I Am Vanessa Guillen Act'
Should there be extensive reports of price-gouging, Governor Abbott has the power to declare Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code, which gives the Texas Attorney General broader powers to prosecute these cases.READ MORE: Sunshine And Temperatures In The 50s Across North Texas Before Weak Cold Front Moves In Tonight
“Price-gouging is un-Texan and will not be tolerated in our state,” read the joint statement. “The state of Texas will work to ensure that anyone who engages in this act is held to account. As we work to address the coronavirus, it is essential that the public has access to health and wellness supplies that can help mitigate any potential spread. We will work to combat any attempt to exploit public health and safety for monetary gain.”
Texans who suspect a case of price-gouging in connection to the potential coronavirus threat can file a consumer complaint with the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.MORE NEWS: Southwest Airlines Posts $68 Million 4Q Profit, But Expects Losses With Higher Costs