Arizona's Pro-Tesla Bill Suddenly Back in Play

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Though the bill proposed at the Arizona Legislature to legalize the sale of Tesla vehicles in the state essentially died, it's suddenly been brought back to life.

The move happens to come just as Arizona and Texas became considered two of four finalists for a large battery factory planned by the electric car-maker, whose cars can't be legally sold in either state.

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-Arizona Congressmen Ask Tesla to Open Arizona Plant, While Its Cars Can't Be Sold Here

As we mentioned this morning, Tesla doesn't have franchised dealers anywhere but rather owns its retail locations. Telsa CEO Elon Musk has argued that franchise dealers have a "fundamental conflict of interest" by also selling gasoline cars.

In Arizona, and a handful of other states, it's illegal for automotive factories to sell vehicles directly to consumers.

So it seemed a little silly that Arizona's nine congressmen wrote to Musk, practically begging that the facility be built in Arizona, stating, "We are committed to working together at every level of government to foster a prosperous environment in our state so companies like Tesla Motors can thrive."

In January, we wrote about Republican Representative John Kavanagh's bill that would change Arizona's law, and allow Tesla's sales model to operate in the state, but no action has been taken on the bill since then, effectively killing it due to certain deadlines.

Behold, the strike-everything amendment. To circumvent that whole process with deadlines and whatnot, the strike-everything amendment allows legislators to cross out the text of an entire bill, and replace it with new text.

So House Bill 2123, which already passed the House as a bill that had absolutely nothing to do with cars at all, is now the new pro-Tesla bill. Republican Senator John McComish introduced the strike-everything amendment at a committee hearing today, and that bill passed the committee.

In regards to the factory, Tesla claims is represents a $4 to 5 billion investment, and will have about 6,500 employees. In addition to Arizona and Texas, New Mexico, and Nevada also are states the company is considering for the factory.

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eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Elon Musk should tell Arizona to stick it where the sun don't... !!! New Mexico would be a much more enlightened, supportive and friendly place to locate his new facility. So long as AZ is home to so many Neanderthal tin-foil hat wearers, I would advise entrepreneurs to look elsewhere.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 I doubt it's likely Arizona or Texas will be seriously considered. I'm fairly sure the company folks have a feel for the current state of political affairs in both states. Arizona hasn't done anything to make Tesla able to sell their products here. I don't think Tesla would have the desire to make parts here. Just my opinion.

NWEng
NWEng

@eric.nelson745 Does the legislature reload after every shot to their feet, or are they using an extended magazine?  They just can't seem to get things right.

HOOKAIRZ
HOOKAIRZ

What is your purpose of living here again?  Please go away, if you are not part of the solution you are only part of the problem.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@HOOKAIRZ  lol one could easily argue that by continually highlighting the high level of douchebaggery by those that write our state laws one is serving a purpose. Since most Arizonans are oblivious to those they elect locally

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@HOOKAIRZ  ps if you want me to leave, come make me..cause i am not going anywhere. Further, Tommy has done his part. Maybe you should realize who it is you are saying hasnt done shit..hes done far more than you ever will in your pathetic existence. I contribute by highlighting the ineptitude, and fraud that the Republicans take part in here. Its still a free country, though i know many on the right wish it werent, and they could just run things like the fascist wannabees they are. Sadly, that shit aint flying anymore. Kids are now of age to vote, and guess what..THEY VOTE DEM! Better buckle up, cause the next 2 major elections are going to show an interesting demographic. That those like you that live in a bubble of bullshit are outnumbered, and your brand of lunacy is no longer welcome. Of course, if you dont like that, feel free to move! 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@HOOKAIRZ  lol smh, thanks for showing your high level of stupidity. Are you seriously trying to pick a fight with someone who you dont know? If you are, I suggest you train up son. some day you are going to get your fight, but it wont be the one you want. capiche? 

HOOKAIRZ
HOOKAIRZ

@david_saint01  No one cares if you grew up here.  If you have a problem with the state of Arizona, do something about instead of being a PNT faggio like your boy friend eric nelson.  No one respects a bitch.  Got it son?

HOOKAIRZ
HOOKAIRZ

@david_saint01 lol no one cares if you grew up here or not, if the state bothers you so much do something about it instead of being a phoenixnewtimes.com faggio like your boyfriend eric nelson.  No one respects a bitch.  Got it son?

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@HOOKAIRZ @TommyCollins  lol i grew up here..good luck getting me to move skippy. oh, and either put up, or shut up. Dont say we should do something while you sit on your ass and judge from the couch big kid

HOOKAIRZ
HOOKAIRZ

@TommyCollins I don't recall claiming anything was wrong other than the same crabs on phoenixnewtimes.com talking down on the state they live in yet do nothing to change it nor do they move away, which would be best.

HOOKAIRZ
HOOKAIRZ

@davidsaint01 commenting on phoenixnewtimes.com changes nothing.  If you want to change something get out there and actually do it, enough with the lip service and counter-productive negativity.

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