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Congress considers franchise legislation...again.

This story appears in the June 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Hoping that 1998 would bring the congressional interest needed to finally pass franchise legislation, Rep. John LaFalce (D-NY) introduced the Federal Fair Franchise Act of 1997 (H.R. 2954) last December. To his advantage, LaFalce's recent appointment as the Ranking Minority Member of the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services gives him more congressional power than did his previous position as head of the Small Business Committee.

The new bill is a revised version of three previous LaFalce bills: It focuses on good faith, prohibition of fraud and discrimination, restriction of the terms of franchisee termination, and the authorization of both private enforcement and state action to force compliance.

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