Another midnight back-room politics deal aimed at "protecting the consumer". The bill awaiting the governor's sig would bar any car company from selling direct to consumer even if they never had any dealers. Hmmm, who would this law apply to? Of course, selling to a government agency is excepted (politicians don't like to be subject to their own laws).
Current law says only “dealers” are allowed to sell cars in Michigan; the amendment turns it into “franchised dealers.”
The law also bars Tesla from having a showroom or discussing the car with consumers in such a setting. For the consumer's protection of course.
It seems clear that the Automotive Dealers Association agrees with the mafia and Al Capone on the meaning of "protection".