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 leadership were seemingly enough to preclude the Alabama Speaker of the House from allowing the legislation to come to the floor for a final vote. A deceptive and self-serving op-ed in the Friday Wall Street Journal last week by IFA President David Barr identifying the Coalition of Franchisee Associations as a “progressive activist” and pairing it with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was followed by a one-sided appearance by Mr. Barr on Fox & Friends this week sufficiently mischaracterized the effect of the proposal. The last minute strategy apparently paid off and caused Alabama House leadership to abandon Alabama franchisees and the need to restore balance to the franchise relationship. CFA Chairman and Dunkin franchisee John Motta responded to the WSJ Op-Ed.