Hartford- State Rep. David Scribner (R-107th), Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, has been recognized by the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association (CARA) for his work in helping to draft and pass legislation protecting auto dealerships in Connecticut from unfair practices by their parent companies. Rep. Scribner received the award during a ceremony conducted at the 2009 Connecticut Dealer Symposium and Trade Exhibit at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on November 5, 2009.
“At a time when small businesses are shuttering and many family-owned auto dealers have already closed due to the government takeover of the auto industry, the General Assembly was able to act swiftly and in a bi-partisan manner to prevent further dealer failures,” said Rep. Scribner. “This legislation ensures that retailers are compensated fairly for warranty work by manufacturers, and protects retailers from unfair franchise practices. As someone who is extremely concerned about the business climate in Connecticut and the health of our small business community, I am pleased that this law will make it a little easier for auto dealers to survive the recession.”
CARA recognized Rep. Scribner, along with Transportation Committee Chairman Tony Guerrera (D-29th) for their work on HB 6648, now Public Act 09-50, “AN ACT MAKING REVISIONS TO CHAPTER 739 OF THE GENERAL STATUTES WITH RESPECT TO AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS, DISTRIBUTORS, FRANCHISES AND DEALERSHIPS”. The bill was signed into law by Governor Rell on May 8, 2009.
CARA President James Fleming praised Scribner’s work on the bill. “Rep. Scribner played a key role in securing passage of Connecticut’s new automotive franchise law last session,” said Fleming. “In so doing, jobs and dealerships have been saved. Connecticut’s automotive dealers are very appreciative of David’s efforts on this issue as well as his leadership on many transportation-related issues.”