Category Archives: Franchise laws

California’s Governor Brown Does the Right Thing

The big news in franchising last week was a nonevent.  Legislation in California that never should have become law did not become law.  The credit for this nondevelopment goes to Governor Jerry Brown, who vetoed Senate Bill 610, saying that if the legislation were to become law, it would “significantly impact California’s vast franchise industry.”  He wrote in his veto message that he needs “a better explanation of the scope of the problem” so he is “certain that the solution crafted will fix those problems and not create new ones.” California has long regulated franchising.  The California Franchise Investment Law, …


Franchise Law Change in New York

My optimistic world view got the best of me at the start of the 2014 legislative season in New York State.  I thought that 2014 might be the year when New York State changes its franchise law.  The changes that the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) first recommended in January 2010 did become an Assembly bill at the end of the 2014 legislative session.  But no Senator wrote a companion bill in the 2014 legislative session.  And no bill came to a vote either in the Assembly or the Senate. The New York Franchise Act (NYFA) was already out of step with …