CALIFORNIA State Sen. Fran Pavely (D) has introduced SB 435, which would require motorcycles from the 2000 model year onward to participate in the state's smog check program starting in 2012. The bill is opposed by the California Motorcycle Dealers Association. "As written, there is no direct benefit for dealers, and the last thing that we need in this retail sales depression is another excuse not to buy a motorcycle," says John Paliwoda of the CMDA.
COLORADO Motorcycle dealers have greater freedom when dealing with vehicle manufacturers now that Senate Bill 91 has been signed by the governor. The new dealer franchise law puts greater limits on OEMs when it comes to contract renewals, owning/operating used vehicle dealerships and limiting incentive programs (Speed Read, April).
NEW HAMPSHIRE Lawmakers are mulling franchise legislation providing further protections for local auto and motorcycle dealerships. The bill being discussed would, among other things, require OEMs to repurchase inventory for dealers who close voluntarily and protect dealers from being forced to buy unwanted inventory in order to obtain more popular models.
NORTH CAROLINA At press time the state senate was expected to pass a bill that would require moped and under-50cc scooter owners to register their bikes with the DMV and carry insurance.