Hamilton council approves price-gouging law amid coronavirus concerns

Hamilton City Council met in person on Wednesday, but physically distanced themselves from each other by sitting in every other seat, with all members present, but some sitting where the audience usually does. PROVIDED
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Hamilton City Council met in person on Wednesday, but physically distanced themselves from each other by sitting in every other seat, with all members present, but some sitting where the audience usually does. PROVIDED

The Hamilton City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an ordinance outlawing price gouging.

Mayor Pat Moeller cited a newspaper article from this media outlet that reported the Ohio Attorney General received 90 complaints from the Miami Valley alleging price gouging between March 1 and April 1, including 17 in Butler County.

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Moeller noted legislation is being created in Ohio, but in the meantime, Hamilton will have this tool to prevent high markups of prices.

“I’m glad that we did this,” said Council Member Carla Fiehrer. “I think that this is a good step, and we need to be paying more attention to things like this.”