HARRISBURG – Legislation to prohibit anti-competitive business practices like artificial price fixing has been introduced in the PA House. House Bill 2012 would strengthen the power of the state attorney general to investigate companies that attempt to monopolize in PA and increase penalties for price gouging, collusion, and other anti-competitive behaviors. Bill sponsor, Allegheny County Rep. Nick Pisciottano said current antitrust laws in the state are weak. He said the cost of living has skyrocketed in recent years, wages have not, and many companies are reporting record profits. It’s now clear that inflation is not the sole cause of rising prices and we need stronger state laws to protect consumers, workers, and small businesses here in PA. The bill is before the PA House Judiciary Committee.