Anti-Price Gouging Law In Effect For SC

McMaster's emergency declaration triggered law

Patrick Gentry
September 06, 2017 - 3:45 pm

Attorney General Alan Wilson says South Carolina's anti-price-gouging law is in effect for the next 15 days.

Wilson announced that Gov. Henry McMaster's emergency declaration triggered the state law that makes it criminal to unfairly hike prices amid a disaster.

Wilson says some price increases can be expected, but price gouging is punishable by a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail. People who think they are victims can contact the attorney general's office.

McMaster declared a state of emergency to help prepare for a possible strike early next week from Hurricane Irma.

Charleston Southern University announced Wednesday it will close as of 9 p.m. Thursday. The college ordered a mandatory evacuation of students by noon Friday.

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