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General Assembly could put Tesla’s operation at risk in Missouri

A message is seen written on the window of a Tesla Model S as a number of the electric cars sit parked in front of the Missouri Capitol's south entrance, Monday, May 12, 2014, in Jefferson City, Mo. Several members of the St. Louis Tesla Enthusiasts group descended upon Jefferson City to voice their opposition to House Bill 1124, which was amended last week to include language aimed at banning the sale of motor vehicles by manufacturers directly to consumers. If the bill passes as written, California-based Tesla Motors, which has no dealerships and uses a direct-to-consumer sales model, would be banned from selling their electric cars in the state of Missouri. (AP Photo/The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Kris Wilson)
A message is seen written on the window of a Tesla Model S as a number of the electric cars sit parked in front of the Missouri Capitol's south entrance, Monday, May 12, 2014, in Jefferson City, Mo. Several members of the St. Louis Tesla Enthusiasts group descended upon Jefferson City to voice their opposition to House Bill 1124, which was amended last week to include language aimed at banning the sale of motor vehicles by manufacturers directly to consumers. If the bill passes as written, California-based Tesla Motors, which has no dealerships and uses a direct-to-consumer sales model, would be banned from selling their electric cars in the state of Missouri. (AP Photo/The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Kris Wilson) AP

Tesla Motors should feel upset at the Missouri legislature for its last minute move to bar automakers from going around car dealerships and selling directly to buyers.

Tesla is small car company that manufactures electric vehicles. As a business offering something new and better for the environment overall, Tesla should have been given allowances to operate in a different way in the state. It wanted to have a company-owned store system.

Tesla has a small facility in the St. Louis area and had plans for a larger place in Kansas City. The state could have been a hub for the company’s operation, but unless Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto pen has sustainable ink on this legislation, Tesla may drive its operation elsewhere.

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