Cortez Masto Files SBA Franchise Loan Transparency Bill

The ranking minority member on the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) filed legislation last week to protect entrepreneurs who are considering purchasing a franchise.  The SBA Franchise Loan Transparency Act of 2019 (SB 2383) would require that before a lender could make a government-backed loan to a franchise, the franchisee…

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Senate Hears Need for Franchising Transparency

The U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Policy, chaired by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, held a public hearing this week on the matter: “Economic Mobility: Is the American Dream in Crisis?” One of the five individuals invited to testify was Subway franchisee and former Coalition of Franchisee Associations Chairman Keith Miller.…

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Clock Runs Out on Alabama Fair Franchising

As the Alabama legislative session expires this week, so too do any chances of passing SB 129, the Protect Alabama Small Businesses Act. Despite outstanding efforts by the Alabama Franchisee Association to get the bill to the brink of going to the Governor’s desk, last minute scare tactics and misinformation from the IFA and its…

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Alabama House Delays Fair Franchising Vote

Notwithstanding the momentum that the Alabama Franchisee Association and local franchise owners across the state have generated in support of the Protect Alabama Small Business Act (SB 129/HB 352), the Alabama House has postponed a final vote on the bill that was expected to happen this week. There is still a strong possibility that the…

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Alabama Senate Approves Franchising Bill

The Alabama state senate this week approved the Protect Alabama Small Business Act by an overwhelming vote of 26 -2! The bill now moves to the Alabama house where it has an equally encouraging chance of passage and could be brought for a final vote as early as next week. The Protect Alabama Small Business…

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Fair Franchising Moving Again in Alabama

The Protect Alabama Small Business Act (H134) was approved earlier this week by the House Committee on Commerce and Small Business and will likely be brought to the floor as early as next week. The committee sent the bill, which provides added security for franchisees to reinvest and grow their business, to the floor by…

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Fair Franchising Moves in Alabama

Good news for franchising came out of the deep south earlier this week when the Alabama Committee on Government Affairs endorsed the Protect Alabama Small Businesses Act by a vote of 9 – 1 with 1 abstention. The bill, which addresses a number of abuses to which franchise owners are currently subjected, will next be…

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Florida Franchisee Protection Bill Advances

The Senate Committee on Regulated Industries in the Florida legislature passed the Small Business Parity Act out of committee by a vote of 5-4 earlier this week. The bill (SB 1076) is similar but more limited than the 2017 Florida Small Business Protection Act, which also was passed by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee but…

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Florida Hearing Set for Tuesday

The delayed public hearing on the Protect Florida Small Business Act, which will restore some semblance of balance to the franchisee-franchisor relationship in Florida is now set for this coming Tuesday, April 4 between 4:00-6:00 PM in the state capitol in Tallahassee. The bill (SB 750) will be heard by the Florida Senate Committee on…

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Florida Franchising Bill Pending

As we have advised over the past few weeks, the Florida Protect Small Business Act, filed by Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Jason Brodeur, has been assigned to the Committee on Regulated Industries. Regretably, the bill has not yet been formally scheduled for a public hearing, and the Florida legislative session begins next Tuesday, March…

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