Government, Oregon, Weather

‘Abnormal Market Disruption’ declared as state tries to quash reported winter storm price gouging

A nearly three foot long icicle hangs from a gutter in Gales Creek on Feb. 15, 2021. Photo: Chas Hundley

As hundreds of thousands of Oregonians grapple with extended power losses throughout the Willamette Valley, some have had no choice but to find lodging at hotels with electricity to survive cold temperatures.

But some lodging businesses have been reported to raises their prices to take advantage of families forced to seek their services, a practice known as price gouging, which is illegal in Oregon.

To combat the behavior, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 21-03, which declares an "abnormal market disruption" across the state as a result of the President's Day weekend winter storm.

The executive order is the second . . .

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