TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — With parts of Florida in a state of emergency due to severe weather and flooding, Attorney General Pam Bondi started a price gouging hotline for people in counties affected.READ MORE: Lauderhill PD Investigating Deadly Shooting
Bondi announced the hotline would be in operation starting Friday for Dixie, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Taylor counties. Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in those five counties.Citizens Insurance Nears 600,000 Policies
State law prohibits extreme increases in the price of essential commodities needed as a direct result of a declared emergency. The list includes food, water, hotels, ice, gasoline lumber and equipment.
Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations committed in a single 24-hour period.
Anyone who suspects price gouging can report it to Bondi’s office by calling 1-866-966-7226.MORE NEWS: Florida Lawmakers Won't 'Mess With Bingo'
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