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National dealer council to develop model franchise bill

A national dealer group is working toward creating a model franchise protection bill that could be used by state dealer associations.

The model bill is expected to include some of the most current dealer-friendly state regulations on such hot topics as territory rights and shifting the burden of proof on dealer-OEM disputes.

The national group, the National Council of Motorcycle Dealer Associations, is hoping to address those issues and more in the model bill, said Ed Lemco, the group’s executive director.

The national council met Feb. 21 to 22 in Dallas. Representatives from the state dealer associations of New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, Missouri and California attended the two-day event. Members from Canadian dealer associations also were on hand.

For more on the meeting, see the March 12 edition of Powersports Business.

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