Mississippi’s electric vehicle bill passes the House and goes to Gov. Reeves


  • Mississippi’s state senate has passed a bill that would bar electric car companies from opening dealerships in the state.
  • Proponents of the bill say the law would uphold more than 50 years of precedent. Opponents say it’s “protectionism,” when lawmakers intervene in the free market to reduce the impact of an emerging industry on existing businesses.
  • The bill now goes to the office of Republican Gov. Tate Reeves.

JACKSON, Mississippi – A bill that would block the expansion of the electric car industry’s footprint in Mississippi is set to become law after passing the Mississippi Senate on Thursday.

The legislation now heads to the office of Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who has not indicated whether he will sign it.

House Bill 401, which has received both bipartisan support and opposition, would interpret state franchise laws to say that automakers cannot operate their own dealerships and must work with franchisees. This is in direct contrast to the business model used by electric car manufacturers such as Tesla and Rivian.

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