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More indication that IFA could support new FL law

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CALIFORNIA FRANCHISING COMMUNITY REACHES ACCORD ON ASSEMBLY BILL 525

International Franchise Association and Coalition of Franchisee Associations Find Common Ground on Contract Law to Keep Franchising a Viable Job Creator in California

SACRAMENTO, July 14, 2015 – The International Franchise Association and the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) today announced they have worked together to find agreement on several amendments to Assembly Bill 525 (Holden) that would help to ensure that franchising remains an important part of the California economy.

While maintaining the integrity of existing franchise law, the planned amendments are intended to clarify a number of issues designed to protect the rights of both franchisors and franchisees, according to representatives from both organizations.

Once amended, AB 525 will serve to update and modify language to address concerns of some franchisees regarding such matters as termination, compensation, transfer and renewal of franchises. Sponsored by CFA, AB 525 also preserves the overall framework of franchise law so that franchisors retain the ability to enforce uniform quality standards and protect brand integrity for consumers.

In a joint letter issued today to Speaker Toni Atkins and Assemblyman Chris Holden, the author of AB 525, IFA and CFA wrote they were “pleased to inform you that we have resolved our outstanding issues and reached an agreement on AB 525. After many weeks of negotiations, and with the diligent work of both sides heeding the request in Governor Brown’s veto message on SB 610 last year, the parties have agreed to new amending language for AB 525 that will remove IFA’s opposition to the legislation. While neither organization is fully pleased with the bill's substance, both IFA and CFA made significant concessions in a good faith effort to reach a workable common-sense compromise.”

IFA and CFA also conveyed the importance of adopting the amendments without interference from any non-stakeholder groups, writing: “As two of the leading national organizations that actually represent the interests of franchised businesses, we truly believe that this bill will further strengthen franchising as an engine for economic opportunity in California as franchising continues to outpace growth of the overall U.S. economy.”

AB 525 will allow franchising to remain a vibrant and important pillar of the state’s economy, the groups said. IFA and CFA, representing California franchises, employ nearly one million workers, generating in excess of $94 billion in economic output at 82,000 locations.

IFA also participated in CA, which is like FL

CALIFORNIA AB 525 MOVES CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW

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CALIFORNIA AB 525 MOVES CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015—International Franchise Association Executive Vice President Government Relations & Public Policy Robert Cresanti released the statement below after the latest version of California Assembly Bill 525 was released by the Legislative Counsel's Office. AB 525, a bill amending certain portions of the state's existing franchise relationship statute, will head to the full Senate for a vote on the bill as early as Thursday.

“After obtaining the necessary negotiated amendments from the supporters of the legislation, IFA has removed its opposition to AB 525. This compromise was reached by franchise groups coming together to reach an agreement absent interference from outside groups with their own agendas.

“California's franchise statutes are unique in their breadth, depth, and history. In dropping its opposition to AB 525, IFA carefully considered these factors combined with the Legislature's staunch effort last year to pass similar legislation as well as Governor Brown's request, in vetoing that legislation, that the two sides work together to reach a compromise.

“Rest assured, IFA will continue to vigorously oppose frivolous state or federal franchise bills that would needlessly interject the government into agreements entered into voluntarily by franchisees and franchisors, who are in the best position to determine the terms upon which they are prepared to do business.”

It looks like the IFA could get behind FL, as it is like CA's la

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