| Jim Coen
| Feb 24 | legal
(By Courtney O'Hara, at Maine Franchise Owners) — In 1994, Legislative document 1916, or as some people remember it, The Franchise Practices Act, was shot down by Governor John R. McKernan, Jr. even after it passed both the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine Senate.
Leonard Kovit, owner of 5 Meineke’s in Maine and New Hampshire in 1994, remembers the bill clearly.
“Several of us — KFC, Meineke, Arby’s, DQ, and Dunkin’ Donuts, — joined forces back then, but ultimately weren’t successful in getting the bill passed. I remember there being tremendous testimonies, but there was just enough opposition that it didn’t pass,” Kovit recollects. “Franchisees today are still fighting the same exact problems we were...