|Attorney General Greg Zoeller|
I think that's probably correct. However, my issue with Carter and now Zoeller is their hypocrisy in interpreting the law. Whenever gasoline prices would suddenly soar, Carter and Zoeller would be in front of a camera vowing to "investigate price gouging" in gasoline sales. Neither of them had the legal authority to conduct such an investigation. Under IC 4-6-9.1-3 the Attorney General is entitled:
1) to investigate complaints received claiming price gouging.
2) to seek injunctive relief as appropriate.
3) to seek restitution for victims of price gouging.
4) to institute an action to levy and collect a penalty.But that authority is only triggered when there is an "emergency" declared by the governor. See IC 4-6-9.1-1. Both Carter and Zoeller conducted gasoline "price gouging" investigations, not because they had the legal authority to do so, but because they wanted to get headlines.
So when Attorney General Greg Zoeller gives his opinion of the law, one has to understand that it is not coming from an objective perspective, but rather one colored by political calculations. That is a shame. There was a day when Attorney General's took their role of providing advisory opinions on Indiana law seriously and approached it in an unbiased manner. No longer.