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While Thursday night’s forecast track for Hurricane Joaquin shifted markedly east — making it very likely the storm will remain out to sea rather than slamming into the East Coast — several Connecticut lawmakers gathered earlier Thursday in New Haven to warn businesses against price gouging after a storm and to urge consumers to report gouging if they see it.

Accompanied by New Haven officials in the city’s Emergency Response Center, the lawmakers — all Democrats — touted a tougher anti-gouging law passed in 2013 after complaints of unfair price hikes after both Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy, which ravaged the state in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

“While the majority of businesses and contractors always do the right thing, past experience has shown that price gouging is still an issue and can emerge any time there is an extreme situation,” said state Senate President Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven.

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