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Lawmakers attempt to stop car manufactures from selling directly to consumers.

Date: May 12, 2014
By: John Zupon
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 1124

Tesla owners bring their cars to the statehouse.
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Missouri lawmakers are attempting to stop the sell of cars directly to consumers from manufactures, with Tesla in mind. Telsa showed up with a fleet of 15 cars to the capitol in opposition.
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Wrap: The Senate added onto a House plan that would ban Tesla from selling cars without using a middleman like a car dealership.

Odessa Republican Representative Glen Kolkmeyer sponsors the underlying measure and supports this add on.

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Description: You can’t have two sets of rules for the same type of business in the state of Missouri.

Chris Kelly opposes the substitute saying since Tesla is not breaking the law and can survive in the marketplace, let them.

The House will discuss the measure this week.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I’m John Zupon

Intro: 
Tesla supporters rolled up to the Capitol Monday with a fleet of 15 to lobby against a measure that would ban the company from selling cars to consumers directly.
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Wrap: Because Tesla does not use a car dealership Republican lawmakers claim they are cheating the system.

Supporters of Tesla like Liz Gattra who is a Co-Organizer of the St. Louis Tesla Enthusiasts say that consumers can make informed decisions all on their own.

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Description: Consumers should have choices about how they purchase things, so giving the consumers the ability to chose whether they want to purchase a car through a dealer, or purchase directly from a manufacturer like Tesla does, it should be their choice they’ll decide whether it is a good idea or not.

Odessa Republican Representative Glen Kolkmeyer sponsors the underlying plan and supports this add on.

The House will vote on the measure sometime this week.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I’m John Zupon

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One of the top lawyers in the Missouri Legislature is confused about some republicans wanting more regulation in the car industry since they want to ban Tesla from selling directly to consumers without using a dealership.
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Wrap: A House measure received a substitute from the Senate that bans manufacturers from selling directly to consumers.

Columbia Democratic Representative Chris Kelly says there is no need for regulation.

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Description: You shouldn’t regulate to help the industries that are being regulate you should regulate if you need to protect the consumer and there is no argument here that consumers need protection in this area.

Odessa Republican Representative Glen Kolkmeyer sponsors the underlying plan and supports this add on.

The House will vote on the measure sometime this week.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I’m John Zupon.

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Vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Telsa Motors says it would be a conflict of interest for car dealerships to sell their cars.
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Wrap: Since a substitute was quietly added on to a House measure in the Senate which says car manufacturers cannot sell directly to consumers.

James Chen is the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the company and he explains why dealerships will not sell their cars.

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Description: Dealers have the conflict of interest, there is no profitability. Now some dealers may say well that's okay because we don't make profit on a sale we make profit on the service; therein lies another problem. Our car was designed, the power trained warranty is eight years, unlimited miles, zero required maintenance.

Odessa Republican Representative Glen Kolkmeyer sponsors the underlying plan and supports the add on.

The House will vote on the measure sometime this week.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I’m John Zupon.


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