Can Governor Declare a State of Emergency Regarding Gas Prices?

The following is a statement Jeff Emerson of the Governor's Press Office.

"There are very limited circumstances when an Alabama governor can declare a state of emergency, and none of those circumstances exist at this time.  By law, an Alabama governor cannot declare a state of emergency unless there has been or there is anticipated to be an attack on the United States, a natural disaster of major proportions impacting Alabama or a public health emergency.  Governor Riley would like the Legislature to explore legislation that would expand the conditions under which a state of emergency can be declared.  Governor Riley is also concerned about rising gasoline prices and the supply of gasoline, and he certainly encourages gas wholesalers and retailers to act responsibly."