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Attorney General threatening to go after propane gougers


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) --Attorney General Bill Schuette is threatening to prosecute any propane suppliers who gouge consumers on prices. 

Schuette says "with the current cold snap and volatile propane prices due to increased demand and lower supply, Michigan consumers are already struggling with rising costs, making it hard on family budgets,   We will not tolerate any unscrupulous behavior that violates Michigan law.  Suppliers be warned: we are watching and will not hesitate to take action if the law is broken."     

But Kalamazoo’s Mark Totten, who is a democrat hoping to be selected by his party to run against Schuette this fall says he’s not sure the Attorney General has any authority to prosecute under Michigan’s Consumer Protection law, which he says was killed by a State Supreme Court ruling a few years ago.

Totten says it may just be “chest thumping”.

Totten is challenging Schuette to back legislation that would reverse that high court ruling and restore consumer protections in Michigan.

The bill has just been introduced.