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h_bus_2017a_2017-05-04t13:31:50z1 Hearing Summary

Date: 05/04/2017

Location: LSB A

Final

BILL SUMMARY for SB17-298



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LABOR


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Adopt amendment L.030. The motion passed without o

Adopt amendment L.031. The motion passed without o

Refer Senate Bill 17-298, as amended, to the Commi
Pass Without Objection

Pass Without Objection

PASS







01:35 PM -- SB 17-298



Representative Kraft-Tharp introduced Senate Bill 17-298. Current law prohibits a motor vehicle manufacturer from requiring a motor vehicle dealer to substantially alter a facility or premises if the manufacturer required it within the last seven years at a cost set in statute based on the type of dealer. Section 1 of the bill extends this prohibition to 10 years. Section 1 also prohibits a manufacturer from:



- selling a similarly equipped motor vehicle to one dealer at a lower price than to another dealer;

- requiring or enforcing a contract giving the manufacturer a right of first refusal or an option to purchase the dealership; and

- using an unreasonable, arbitrary, unfair, or surprise performance standard in determining a dealer's compliance with a franchise agreement.



Section 2 repeals a provision that gives a dealer a right of first refusal for new franchises when the dealer was terminated due to the insolvency of the manufacturer. Section 2 also authorizes a dealer to sue in court to contest a manufacturer adding or moving a dealership to a market with a current dealer when this action would materially and adversely affect the dealer or the public. Such an action may currently be done administratively. Procedures are set for the civil action and an administrative hearing. Standards are set for determining the outcome. A prevailing party may get attorney fees and costs.



Section 3 authorizes a dealer to sue a manufacturer in court to contest whether a termination was for just cause or for failing to provide notice of a termination. Such an action may currently be done administratively. The current process for staying the termination is strengthened. The manufacturer has the burden of proof. A prevailing dealer may get attorney fees and costs.



Section 4 requires a manufacturer, when the manufacturer requires the dealer to stop selling a used motor vehicle due to a technical mechanical issue, to provide parts and a solution within 30 days or to provide compensation to the dealer. Standards are set for eligibility and payment.



Representative Kraft-Tharp provided a copy of amendment L.030 (Attachment A) and amendment L.031 (Attachment B).



170504 AttachA.pdf170504 AttachA.pdf170504 AttachB.pdf170504 AttachB.pdf



01:39 PM --
David Leibowitz, Braman Automotive Group representing Mile High Honda Acura, Prestige Porsche Audi, and Mercedes-Benz of Littleton, testified in support of the bill.



01:41 PM --
Michael Dunlap, Schomp Automotive Group, testified in support of the bill.



01:43 PM --
Michael Dommermuth, Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA), introduced himself.



01:43 PM --
Jep Semen, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, testified on the bill from a neutral position provided the proposed amendments are adopted. Mr. Semen responded to questions from the committee.



01:49 PM --
Jason White, Fay Myers Motorcycle World and the Powersports Dealer Association of Colorado, spoke about the proposed amendment.



01:50 PM --
Tim Jackson, CADA, testified in support of the bill.

BILL: SB17-298
TIME: 01:56:29 PM
MOVED: Kraft-Tharp
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.031. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Gray
VOTE
Arndt
Coleman
Garnett
Gray
Navarro
Nordberg
Rosenthal
Sias
Thurlow
Van Winkle
Williams D.
Winter
Kraft-Tharp
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection


BILL: SB17-298
TIME: 01:57:08 PM
MOVED: Kraft-Tharp
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.030. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Gray
VOTE
Arndt
Coleman
Garnett
Gray
Navarro
Nordberg
Rosenthal
Sias
Thurlow
Van Winkle
Williams D.
Winter
Kraft-Tharp
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection





01:58 PM



The bill sponsor made closing remarks.


BILL: SB17-298
TIME: 01:58:49 PM
MOVED: Kraft-Tharp
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-298, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 12-0.
SECONDED: Van Winkle
VOTE
Arndt
Yes
Coleman
Yes
Garnett
Excused
Gray
Yes
Navarro
Yes
Nordberg
Yes
Rosenthal
Yes
Sias
Yes
Thurlow
Yes
Van Winkle
Yes
Williams D.
Yes
Winter
Yes
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Final YES: 12 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







01:59 PM



The committee adjourned.










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