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2017 Missouri legislative session

Discussion in 'Midwest/Great Lakes' started by STLEV, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. STLEV

    STLEV New Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    I was reading through some of the bills passed by the Missouri Legislature this year and found SB 329. It changes several aspects of Missouri's franchise dealer laws.

    The law prohibits a franchisor from selling motor vehicles to retail customers, but doesn't say anything about a manufacturer that doesn't have franchisees selling retail vehicles.

    I guess this is where the lawyers get involved.

    Here is the full text of the bill
  2. TexasEV

    TexasEV Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2013
    Austin, TX
    I think it depends on the definition of "franchisor" which isn't in the linked bill so must be in the law it amends. One state, I don't remember if it was Missouri or not, defined "franchisor" to include all auto manufacturers, regardless of whether they had any franchisees. So by definition Tesla would be deemed a franchisor even if it never had franchisees and doesn't want to have any franchisees. Don't underestimate the sneakiness of the auto dealer cartel.
  3. Brass Guy

    Brass Guy Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    Holbrook, MA
    @TexasEV I think that was the NJ bill that was passed "after hours" then later repealed. I didn't think a bill could redefine a word, but there you go.

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