JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KSDK) – The drastic increase in propane prices has prompted state legislators to speak out.

The price of propane rose $1.25 to $3.55 per gallon at the wholesale level – if it's available at all. The propane industry cites cold weather and a faulty pipeline as reasons for the shortage, as well as record cold temperatures.

"Propane consumers – those who heat their homes and their businesses – won't have the resources to pay for it, and cold weather continues to remain in the forecast," Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard (R-Joplin) said in a news release.

Last week, Sen. Parson (R-Bolivar) asked Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate the steep increase – a move that won bipartisan support.

"I join the other senate leaders in their request to consider what options there are to help our consumers who are facing these recent challenges," Justus said.

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