Motor vehicle dealers and manufacturers; places limitations and conditions on relationship. (HB1696)

Introduced By

Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Motor vehicle dealers and manufacturers.  Prohibits the requirement of site control agreements, franchise options, or advance voluntary termination as a condition of obtaining a franchise; protects motor vehicle dealers from requirements to construct improvements to replace recent improvements; clarifies the time within which a dealer may request a hearing in the event of a termination notice; prohibits the exercise of rights under a site control agreement, franchise options, or advance termination agreement that will result in the termination of the franchise of the dealer without a hearing to determine good cause if requested by the dealer; requires fair allocations of vehicles to same line-make dealers in the Commonwealth; requires a franchisors pecuniary interest in vendors that it designates; and requires that in any hearing on a petition filed by a dealer that the franchisor has the burden of proof by a preponderance of the evidence. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103121D
01/10/2011Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/14/2011Assigned Transportation sub: #1
01/24/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
01/27/2011Reported from Transportation with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2011Committee substitute printed 11104506D-H1
01/28/2011Read first time
01/31/2011Read second time
01/31/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104506D-H1
01/31/2011Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1696H1
02/01/2011Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/01/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2011Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/10/2011Reported from Transportation with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2011Read third time
02/15/2011Reading of amendments waived
02/15/2011Committee amendments agreed to
02/15/2011Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/15/2011Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2011Placed on Calendar
02/17/2011Senate amendments agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/17/2011VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2011Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1696ER)
02/23/2011Signed by Speaker
02/23/2011Signed by President
03/26/2011Governor's recommendation received by House
04/05/2011Placed on Calendar
04/06/2011House concurred in Governor's recommendation (99-Y 0-N)
04/06/2011VOTE: ADOPTION EMERGENCY (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/06/2011G Emergency clause added by Governor's recommendation
04/06/2011Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/06/2011G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/06/2011Reenrolled bill text (HB1696ER2)
04/06/2011Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/06/2011Signed by President as reenrolled
04/06/2011Enacted, Chapter 774 (effective 4/6/11)
04/06/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0774)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.