Sen. Mark Mullet lends support to electric car bill
February 25, 2014
Two bills have passed in Olympia that are designed to help level the playing field between auto manufacturers and dealers in franchise agreements.
Amended bills passed in the House (HB 2524) and Senate (SB 6272) that would allow Tesla Motors, manufacturer of electric cars, to continue and expand its system of selling cars directly from the manufacturer to the customer.
Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, said in a news release that he supported the legislation that passed Feb. 19.
“The electric car community did a great job in bringing their concerns to the Legislature,” he said. “Their example shows that when we work together, we can get things done to come to an agreement and create better policy.
“As one of the states with the highest number of electric cars in use, we should be encouraging the industry’s growth so they can further expand the number of electric cars in the market,” he added. “Being the first Tesla owner in Washington state, I’m pleased we were able to fix the bill in order to help Tesla and other auto dealers and manufacturers grow in our state.”
Two days before the bills passed, Tesla owners were protesting the bills’ language, which they felt would have accomplished the opposite of their intention and actually limited the expansion of Tesla dealerships.
The two chambers agreed on new versions of the bill that removed the language in question.
Follow the bills at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo.