TX sues two hotels for raising rates during Ike

October 2, 2008 9:37:04 AM PDT
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is suing two hotels for raising their rates during Hurricane Ike evacuations. ROAD TO RECOVERY: How you can help | School closings | Person locator | Important phone numbers | Assistance from FEMA | Filing a claim | Latest power numbers

Abbott's lawsuit says Hotel Nacogdoches boosted its normal room rate from $49.99 -- the advertised rate on the marquee -- to $109. The Super 8 Brookshire Motel located west of Katy, charged evacuees $125 for a room that normally cost $99.

Both properties charged evacuees state and local hotel and motel taxes despite Gov. Rick Perry's declaration waiving them, Abbott said Thursday.

State law prohibits businesses from selling fuel, food, lodging and medicine at exorbitant rates during a declared disaster.

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