Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
George Washington Carver
A bill to allow Tesla Motors to sell its cars directly to consumers in Arizona is dead at the Legislature.
State Sen. John McComish, R-Ahwatukee, said House Bill 2123 is not being considered by the Arizona Senate. The measure would have lifted current prohibitions on auto manufacturers selling directly to consumers instead of going through dealerships.
Tesla — which is considering Arizona, Texas, Nevada and New Mexico for a $5 billion battery factory — wanted to change those rules. Car dealers oppose the change.
McComish, who sides with Tesla, said the measure is not progressing in the Senate and the 2014 session is winding down.
“It’s the Senate president’s prerogative to put something up or not. It appears like it’s not,” McComish said of Senate PresidentAndy Biggs, R-Gilbert.
The legislative session is slated to end next week. Biggs could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.
Bobbi Sparrow, president of the Arizona Automobile Dealers Association, also confirmed she’s been told the Tesla bill is dead for this year.
Tesla has lobbied hard for auto sales rule changes in Arizona, Texas and other states. Company representatives have said the auto sales rules are not a direct consideration on where to locate the 6,500-worker, 10 million square foot plant.
But others worry it could work against Arizona’s efforts to attract the Tesla plant to Pinal County, Tucson or the West Valley.
“It can’t help,” McComish said of the site selection and Arizona’s auto rules.
Texas also is considering auto sales rules changes and Gov. Rick Perry has voiced support for the idea.
Texas could offer big tax incentives for the Tesla plant.
Mike Sunnucks writes about politics, law, airlines, sports business and the economy.
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