Missouri Sunday sales legislation expanded to statewide

Publish Date: 
Feb 19, 2014

But state dealer association lobbyist doubts Sunday sales will make an impact.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A bill to permit motorcycle sales on Sundays in two stateline counties in Missouri has been expanded to cover the whole state.

Exceptions to the existing Missouri law include Sunday sales of recreational vehicles, mobile homes, tires and repair parts.

"It's just not right. You can buy everything else on a Sunday, so why not a motorcycle?" Bill Kempker, the legislative coordinator for Freedom of Road Riders Inc., told The Tribune.

Rick Worth, owner of Worth Harley-Davidson in Kansas City, testified before a House committee Feb. 18 that weekends are a prime time for motorcycle enthusiasts to go riding and shopping. One of his main competitors is just a few miles away in Kansas. "He can and does open on Sunday, and he's very happy to sell my customers motorcycles," Worth testified. "In order for us to be competitive, we need to have that day."

As originally drafted, legislation by Reps. Mike Cierpiot and Caleb Jones would have allowed Sunday motorcycle sales only in Jackson and Platte counties — two Kansas City-area jurisdictions along the Missouri-Kansas state line. But during Tuesday's hearing in the House General Laws Committee, Cierpiot offered a revised version of their bills that would allow Sunday motorcycle sales statewide.

"It's kind of an economic development tool," said Cierpiot, R-Lee's Summit.

No one testified against the bill; however, Sam Licklider, a lobbyist for the Missouri Power Sports Dealers Association, doubted its value. With the exception of dealers near state lines, he said, most dealerships probably would not sell any more motorcycles with a seven-day work week than with six days. It simply would give consumers more time to shop. He said the motorcycle legislation also could lead to similar requests from car and truck dealerships.

Posted by Holly Wagner