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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 20, 2012 04:19 PM
From: Representative Will Tallman
To: All House members
Subject: PA Fair Dealership Law -- Prior HB 851
 
TO: All House Members
FROM: Representative Will Tallman
DATE: December 20, 2012
SUBJECT: PA Fair Dealership Act (Prior HB 851)


In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation(former HB851) designed to enhance the economic freedom of small businesses in the Commonwealth and provide consumers with more opportunity for alternative selections when purchasing machinery and outdoor power equipment designed for agricultural and other related uses.

Specifically, I propose to amend the PA Fair Dealership Law in order to “level the playing field” between manufactures of agricultural equipment and the dealers who enter into contracts to sell this equipment. Dealers maintain that equipment manufacturers, among other things, have insisted on increasingly unfavorable terms in these contracts (dealer agreements), do not fairly compensate them for warranty work (particularly when they perform work on a product that was sold by a non-servicing dealer) and do not promptly fill parts and equipment orders for some dealers.

All of the above situations place additional economic stress on the independent business persons operating the dealerships and, perhaps more significantly, ultimately reduce the choices available to consumers purchasing this equipment. House Bill 1498, by Rep. Hanna, passed the House by a vote of 159-39 in the 2009-10 Session, but did not receive consideration by the full Senate prior to the end of that session.



Introduced as HB346