Tesla Motors: Round 2

Slick Rick along with Joe and Marcia Hune stepped in it this time.

The Federal Trade Commission on Monday strongly urged the Michigan state legislature to reconsider its ban on Tesla Motors Inc. and other automakers from directly selling vehicles to owners.

In a 10-page letter to Michigan State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, three senior FTC staff members urged the state to drop its long-standing bar to automakers selling vehicles directly to consumers, saying “Michigan’s consumers would more fully benefit from a complete repeal of the prohibition on direct sales by all automakers.” The commission voted 5-0 in favor of the comments.

rick-snyder-the-calley-crusherThe letter came after Booher asked the FTC about a pending Michigan Senate bill that would create a limited exception to state law that would allow manufacturers of “autocycles” — enclosed three-wheelers that are more like cars than motorcycles — to sell vehicles in some circumstances. But the FTC said the Senate bill “does not go far enough,” and would “largely perpetuate the current law’s protectionism for independent franchised dealers, to the detriment of Michigan car buyers.”

Booher’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The bill was introduced April 15 and referred to the state Senate economic development committee, which has taken no action.

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But, I don’t want everyone to get too down on our Lansingcritter’s moronic displays of legislative prowess. Remember, they went to public schools.

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  3 comments for “Tesla Motors: Round 2

  1. Republican Michigander
    May 12, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    The FTC - Obama's Executive Branch. Tesla's leaders were a bigtime donor to Obama and didn't like having to play by the same rules as everybody else.

    Despite what Obama's boys at Tesla says, Marcia doesn't lobby on auto issues.

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    • Jason
      May 13, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Restricting trade is restricting trade. Setting up rules that prevent a competitive business from selling their product is at best immoral.

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      • Corinthian Scales
        May 14, 2015 at 8:54 am

        Well J-man, now that Dan is Livingston Co Republican Party chair, he has got to be "provincial" in his rhetoric. Perhaps, that is just a qualification to being in a chair position, anymore? Seems to be so in this state, anyway.

        Certainly it wasn't at least $331,709 that MADA pumped into Governmental Consultant Services, Inc., where Marcia gathers a paycheck, which played any roll on effecting Joe Hune to eliminate one word just prior to the vote, right?

        I mean it's not like other husband and wife teams in politics, oh, say, like Tom and Rosy Palm sleeping on the sofa when wifey Jenell, gets a little red-assed about things, right?

        Nah. For rah-rah Team R fanboys it's gotta be "Obama's boys" to blame, which ironically is promoting free market principle.

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