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Governor Gavin Newsom signs executive order banning price hikes for COVID-19 home test kits

SACRAMENTO, Calif .– Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order to keep the prices of COVID-19 home test kits from rising.

The order, announced on Saturday, prohibits sellers from raising past prices for self-test kits by more than 10%.

A nationwide shortage of these kits has led to price hikes, with some people reselling the kits for five times more than they paid for them.

Newsom’s order also gives additional tools to the state’s justice ministry and attorney general’s office, district attorneys and other local law enforcement agencies to take action against price thieves.

After the governor’s directive was released, California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a statewide consumer alert.

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“Sellers who have not previously sold COVID-19 home test kits cannot sell test kits for more than 50% of what the seller paid to acquire the test kit,” according to A press release.

Any violation of the decree could result in a misdemeanor charge punishable by a fine of up to $ 1,000 or imprisonment of up to six months, or both, the attorney general’s office said. of State. Violations would also violate the Unfair Competition Act, which is punishable by a fine of $ 2,500 per violation.

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