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A call to action for dealerships

September 15, 2009
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neil-blog1If you’re at all hopeful Congress will somehow lessen the impact of the lead law on your dealership, then it’s time you heed this reality: “The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of committee.” That’s a statement found on http://www.govtrack.us/, a terrific, nonpartisan Web site that tracks ongoing legislation. And the statement is particularly important in regard to the Congressional reaction to the impact of the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), a law that effectively banned youth-designed ATVs and motorcycles earlier this year.

Congress reacted to the public outcry on the CPSIA by introducing two bills, one in the House and one in the Senate, that seek to modify the impact of the law on dealerships and other retail industries. Both those bills were introduced in March and promptly referred to committee. Whereupon they sat, and sat. And sat.

Yes there was a committee discussion on the CPSIA late last week but without some additional voices calling attention to this issue, then it’s time we swallow the likely reality. And that is: “The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of committee.”


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