Tesla Missouri Store Safe for Now

Tesla Missouri Store Safe for Now

The Tesla store in the state of Missouri is safe… for now.

State legislators tossed out a vote on a bill that jeopardized Tesla from selling directly to consumers in Missouri and the legislation will be reintroduced next year with full hearings in the state Senate and House. Earlier this week, the state Senate passed a legislation without public consultation that had a provision that would ban direct sales from automakers in the state.

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Tesla owners protested the proposed legislation on Monday by driving and parking their vehicles around the state capitol and Tesla representatives met with John Diehl, the Missouri House majority leader and Doug Smith, president of the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association to discuss the bill.

“Auto dealers across the state have operated within Missouri’s vehicle franchise law for nearly thirty years,” Smith said in a statement on Tuesday. “Today, along with leadership from Tesla Motors and House Majority Leader John Diehl, we continued discussions on a legislative solution to ensure this law continues to be applied fairly in Missouri.”

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[Source: Automotive News]

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