Auto Dealer Bill Clears KY House

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky House passed a bill Tuesday seeking to give Kentucky auto dealers a chance to reclaim the businesses they lost amid the auto industry's downturn. The measure, now headed for the Senate, is a response to efforts by General Motors and Chrysler to close hundreds of its dealerships around the country. The bill would apply to any attempt in Kentucky to set up a new dealership in the same area where a previous dealership was closed by the automakers. Under the bill, the new dealership would have to be offered first to the dealer who had his business closed as part of the downsizing.