NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued an Executive Order suspending some state laws in order to help wildfire and severe weather survivors.
The order will help victims have better access to important health care services, consumer rights protections, and availability of state services as they recover.
“The citizens affected by the wildfires and severe storms have already been through so much, we want to make it easier for them to receive the care and services they need as they begin to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives,” Haslam said. “The state is doing and will continue to do everything we can to support the victims and survivors of these devastating disasters.”
The executive order includes the following provisions:
The executive order enacts a state of emergency from November 28, 2016 through January 30, 2017.
Under the state of emergency, price gouging laws are in effect, making it unlawful for individuals and businesses to charge grossly excessive prices for essential goods and services including repair or construction services, building materials, gasoline, food items, medical supplies, housing, storage services, and other necessities in direct response to a disaster.
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