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Maryland Governor Signs RV-Specific Franchise Legislation

Maryland Governor Wes Moore is anticipated to sign groundbreaking legislation today, May 9, that introduces specific regulatory frameworks for the RV industry. The legislation, identified as House Bill 605 and Senate Bill 504, is designed to regulate the relationships between RV manufacturers and dealers, setting a precedent for state-specific oversight.

The legislation comes into effect on October 1, providing clear guidelines that will govern interactions between RV manufacturers and dealerships. This move is seen as a crucial step in aligning Maryland’s laws with the unique aspects of the RV industry, which have long been governed under broader automotive industry laws.

Delegate Dana Stein of Baltimore and Senator Mike McKay of Allegany have been instrumental in advancing this legislation. Their efforts have been central to the legislative process, ensuring the bills received the necessary support and understanding within the legislative chambers, as per the News & Insights report of the RV Industry Association (RVIA).

“This legislation modernizes the regulatory structure governing recreational vehicle dealer agreements,” said Delegate Stein, as quoted in the RVIA report.

His statement highlights the shift towards a more tailored approach that recognizes the distinct needs of the RV industry compared to the automotive sector.

Support for the legislation has been robust from both industry leaders and associations. The RV Industry Association, in particular, has played a pivotal role. 

Sophie de la Torre, the Association’s senior manager of state affairs, testified before the Maryland House Committee on Environment and Transportation, advocating for the bill’s passage. 

“Passage of this legislation will strengthen the viability of the RV industry in Maryland, benefiting the state’s economy and consumers alike,” she said during her testimony.

Local RV dealers have also expressed their support, noting the benefits of having a specific legal framework. Greg Merkel, president of Leo’s Vacation Center in Gambrills, MD, commented on the legislation’s impact.

“It is great to know that Maryland will finally have a law that specifically addresses the requirements between manufacturers and dealers, which will benefit all parties including the RV consumer,” he said.

The legislation mirrors efforts in other states such as Wisconsin and Washington, which have also established RV-specific laws. These laws have been reported to create a more equitable business environment, promoting fairness and clarity in dealer-manufacturer relationships.

This legislation is part of a broader initiative by the RV industry to distinguish its regulatory needs from those of the automobile industry. For years, the industry has sought to carve out exemptions from certain auto franchise laws that do not appropriately apply to the RV sector, arguing for regulations that better reflect the industry’s unique operational realities.

As Maryland sets the stage with its new RV-specific franchise legislation, the impact is expected to be significant. Not only will it likely improve the business climate for RV manufacturers and dealers, but it will also ensure that consumers have access to a fair and transparent market.

For further information on the new laws or to seek clarification on how they might affect you, stakeholders are encouraged to contact Sophie de la Torre at the RV Industry Association. This legislation marks a notable advancement in Maryland’s approach to supporting and regulating the RV industry.

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RoamGlide1238
RoamGlide1238
May 9, 2024 10:06 am

It’s awesome that Governor Larry Hogan is set to sign the RV-specific franchise legislation today in Maryland! This move is a big step towards ensuring fairness in RV dealings. It’s great to see progress in regulating interactions between manufacturers and dealerships.

DrainPower1235
DrainPower1235
May 9, 2024 12:16 pm
Reply to  RoamGlide1238

It’s indeed a positive move for RV fairness. Regulations are key to a balanced playing field, benefiting both dealerships and manufacturers. Cheers to progress in this field!

LuckyJinx779
LuckyJinx779
May 9, 2024 11:10 am
Reply to  RoamGlide1238

It’s awesome to see this legislation moving forward! And let me tell you, it’s like a plot twist in a movie . this kind of progress makes me really feel like things are heading in the right direction for RV enthusiasts like us. Keep on RVing! ️

Yara Field
Yara Field
May 9, 2024 3:56 pm
Reply to  LuckyJinx779

Let’s stay updated on RV-related laws and connect with other enthusiasts for more insights. See you at the next RV meetup!

SamValor
SamValor
May 9, 2024 7:49 pm

Have you heard about the new Maryland legislation for RVs? It’s all about protecting consumers and ensuring fair play between manufacturers and dealers. I think it’s a great step towards a more honest and balanced RV industry. Let’s hope it brings good things for everyone involved!

Pathless877
Pathless877
May 9, 2024 9:42 pm

Isn’t it a great day in Maryland with Governor [Name] signing the RV-specific franchise law? It’s awesome how this supports RV industry growth while benefiting all involved. Exciting times ahead!

CharlotteSpear
CharlotteSpear
May 10, 2024 12:07 am

This Maryland legislation is a win for RV lovers like us. It’s all about backing the RV industry and making life easier for consumers. Let’s celebrate this step forward!

FredrickTundra
FredrickTundra
May 10, 2024 12:17 am

I’m thrilled to share the scoop on Maryland’s RV franchise legislation. It’s all about creating a fairer deal for RV peeps here, aligning with cool states like Wisconsin and Washington!

mike1984
mike1984
May 10, 2024 7:14 am

I’m thrilled to share that Maryland is about to pass a game-changing law regulating RV relationships, promoting transparency and trust. This legislation, championed by Delegate Dana Stein and Senator Mike McKay, is tailor-made for the RV sector, expected to bring growth and innovation. It’s a win-win for everyone involved!

GretaSwell
GretaSwell
May 10, 2024 1:18 pm

Hey RV fans in Maryland, exciting news! That new law’s gonna give RV makers and dealers clear rules, making deals smoother. It’s like a GPS for their relationships, guiding them to better experiences. Come October 1, get set for some positive changes in the RV scene!

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