A Massachusetts Bill is under Review Again

A Massachusetts House bill concerning motor vehicle service contracts is under review again. The bill, number 190, was introduced to the House of Representatives in January 2017. It added several definitions to its motor vehicle service contracts section. From there, it was referred to the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. Now however, the bill has been included in a study order, House 4638, and is under review for a second time.

Three of the definitions included in House bill 190 are:

  • Consumer product, which has been defined as “any tangible personal property that is normally used for personal, family or household purposes, including tangible personal property intended to be attached to or installed in any real property without regard to whether it is so attached or installed.”
  • Maintenance agreement, which has been defined as “a contract for regular maintenance.”
  • Motor vehicle distributor, which was defined as “any person who is not a motor vehicle manufacturer or a motor vehicle dealer and who sells or distributes new and unused motor vehicles to motor vehicle dealers within the commonwealth or to a wholesaler who in turn sells or distributes such vehicles to motor vehicle dealers within the commonwealth ; provided, however, that “motor vehicle distributor” shall include any branch office or division maintained by any corporation, association, partnership or other legal entity for directing and supervising their franchisor representatives.”

To view all of the definitions in bill 190, click here.

The committee reviewing the combination of bill 190 and 4638 has been authorized to sit during a general court recess. This allows several House documents to go under investigation and study. The Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure committee has until December 31, 2018 to provide the results of its investigation and study, along with any recommendations and any newly drafted legislation.

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