Senate OKs changes made by House on auto dealer bill
Senate Bill 126, or the Auto Dealers Bill of Rights, had overwhelming support in both the House and Senate and now goes to Gov. Maggie Hassan, who has not said what she intends to do with the legislation.
But opponents believe the bill overturns existing business contracts and rather than leveling the playing field tilts it significantly in favor of the dealers.
But local auto dealers say they are often threatened with loss of their franchises if they do not bow to manufacturers' demands to update showrooms and change signs and locations.
"For too long, there has been a one-way dialogue with manufacturers and it has cost New Hampshire dealers millions of dollars," says Andy Crews, President and CEO of Autofair.
The Senate killed a bill that would have granted immunity to gun owners whose weapons are stolen and then used in a crime.
The Senate Judiciary Committee said the bill would have been more restrictive than current case law rather than protect gun owners.
The Senate killed a bill that would have limited the state Liquor Commission's authority to transfer funds within the agency. House Bill 394 was one of the recommendations from the Special House Committee to Evaluate the NH State Liquor Commission that met last summer and fall.
The Liquor Commission opposed the bill saying limiting transfers would harm revenue enhancing programs such as the "Outlet Price Busters" marketing campaign producing $2 million in additional sales in a four-month period.
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