Richmond, VA – House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn is calling on Governor Youngkin to issue an executive order declaring a state of emergency due to Russia’s continued, unprovoked war against Ukraine. This emergency declaration would activate the Virginia Post-Disaster Anti-Price Gouging Act and provide the Attorney General with powerful tools to protect Virginians from “unconscionable” prices at the pump.
“Governor Youngkin has the power to act and help protect Virginians at the pump, but so far, has failed to do so. Instead, he continues to point fingers and waste precious time,” said Leader Filler-Corn “Virginians do not need talking points and failed campaign promises—we need leadership and action.”
When Russian hackers engaged in a cyber attack on the Colonial Pipeline last year, Governor Northam quickly issued Executive Order 78, which declared a state of emergency, providing the Attorney General with the authority to investigate and prosecute bad actors for overcharging Virginians on gas and fuel. Former Attorney General Mark Herring’s office successfully returned thousands of dollars to victims.
Earlier this week, a spokesperson for Attorney General Jason Miyares said his office currently “has no authority to act against the rise in gas prices.”
Attorneys General in other states are already using similar tools to protect consumers. In fact, North Carolina’s Attorney General is reportedly reviewing dozens of price gouging complaints related to fuel and gasoline.