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Sponsors: Rep. Burns
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Introduced in the House on March 4, 2021
Currently residing in the House Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry
Summary: Motor vehicle manufacturer or franchisors
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3/4/2021 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 32) 3/4/2021 House Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry (House Journal-page 32)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND SECTION 56-15-45, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO OWNERSHIP, OPERATION, OR CONTROL OF MOTOR VEHICLE DEALERSHIPS BY A MANUFACTURER OR FRANCHISOR, SO AS TO DEFINE THE TERM "ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER" AND PROVIDE AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER MAY SELL ALL-ELECTRIC MOTOR VEHICLES IT MANUFACTURERS TO CONSUMERS IN THIS STATE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 56-15-45(D) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(D)(1) Except as may be provided otherwise in subsections (A) and (B)
of this section and item (2) in this subsection, a manufacturer or franchisor may not sell, directly or indirectly, a motor vehicle to a consumer in this State, except through a new motor vehicle dealer holding a franchise for the line make that includes the motor vehicle. This subsection does not apply to manufacturer or franchisor sales of new motor vehicles to the federal government, nor to manufacturer or franchisor leases of new motor vehicles to employees of the manufacturer or franchisor. Nothing in this subsection prohibits a manufacturer or franchisor or any parent, affiliate, wholly or partially owned subsidiary, officer, or representative of a manufacturer or franchisor operating as a motor vehicle lessor from selling a motor vehicle to the lessee at the conclusion of a lease agreement between the two parties. Nothing in this subsection prevents a manufacturer or franchisor from establishing an e-commerce website for the purpose of referring prospective customers to motor vehicle dealers holding a franchise for the same line make of the manufacturer or franchisor.
(2)(a) For purposes of this item, an 'electric vehicle manufacturer' means a manufacturer of only all-electric motor vehicles.
(b) An electric manufacturer or its franchisor is exempt from the provisions contained in item (1) and may sell, directly or indirectly, all-electric motor vehicles that it manufactures to consumers in this State."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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