California Franchise Relations Act Before Governor

California Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown has yet to take action on the California Franchise Relations Act (formerly SB 610) which the legislature sent him last Friday.  Under California law, the Governor generally has 12 days from the date of transmittal to sign legislation however, since he has it in his possession now when the legislature…

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California Senate Sends Fair Franchising To Governor!

Last night, by a vote of 23 – 9, the California State Senate approved SB 610, the California Fair Franchising bill, and sent it along to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.  Again, this is a significant victory for the franchisee community nationally as it underscores the need for legislatures across the country to start…

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California Assembly Passes Fair Franchising!

Late yesterday afternoon, the California Assembly gave final approval to the California Fair Franchising legislation by a vote of 41 – 27!  This is a significant victory for the franchisee community across the country.  The win, coming in the face of significant resources being poured into its defeat by the IFA and other organizations reinforces the importance of continuing…

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California Fair Franchising Bill Up For Vote

Our latest information is that the fair franchising legislation (SB 610) close to final enactment in the California Assembly could come up for a vote as soon as next week.  In fact, the IFA, which has been working hard to defeat this bill which will help restore a small bit of balance to the franchisor/franchisee…

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Elsewhere in California

We remind franchisees and those concerned with the inequities in the franchise industry that California’s fair franchising legislation (SB 610) is headed to another vote when the legislature returns on August 4 from their summer recess.  The bill, which among other provisions, would mandate “good faith and fair dealing” and preserve a franchisee’s right to…

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California Hearing On SB 610

Earlier this month, the California Fair Franchising bill (SB 610) was amended and recommitted to the Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee in the Assembly.  A new hearing has been scheduled on the bill next Tuesday, June 24.  It is crucial that all California-based franchisees express their strong support to the committee.  SB 601 would…

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Hawaii Fair Franchising “Deferred” in Senate

House Bill 2041, the initiative of the past several months in Hawaii to mandate that franchise disputes initiating in the Aloha State would have to be adjudicated in Hawaiian Courts has been deferred by the Hawaiian State Senate, meaning that the bill is dead for this year. The bill would have voided the use of…

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Coffee News Fighting Fair Franchising Again

Back when fair franchising legislation was first introduced in the Maine Legislature, Bill Buckley, the President of Coffee News which is headquartered in Bangor, Maine, was out front and very vocal in his opposition, even going so far as to allege it could end franchising in Maine.  Well, this week, Buckley was again in the…

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New Hampshire Fair Franchising Bill Sent to Study Committee

On Wednesday of this week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee voted by a one vote margin to send the proposed New Hampshire Fair Franchising bill (HB 1215) to a study committee, effectively killing the bill for further consideration in the current session.  The final vote was essentially a party…

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