Franchise small business owners, franchise companies, taxpayer groups, and academics agree: H.B. 352 and S.B. 129 are bad news for Alabama.

Over 80 franchise brands - including iconic American companies and classics - have signed an official letter of opposition to H.B. 352/S.B. 129.

The letter urges lawmakers to oppose the legislation, which will only serve to hurt franchise brands, franchise owners, and consumers in Alabama.

Americans for Tax Reform, a national taxpayer advocacy group, writes that H.B. 352 and S.B. 129 “would send the wrong message about Alabama - that it is hostile to investment, job creation, and commerce…”

“In Alabama, the bill was rushed through the Senate, but the House is taking a more thoughtful approach. Unfortunately, two House hearings failed to derail it, and it’s possible the legislation enjoys the support of a majority of lawmakers…

The Protect Alabama Small Business Act is a solution in search of problem that doesn’t exist.” - David Barr, Alabama Taco Bell & KFC franchisee

“We’re known for a good business climate and low regulations... I don’t know why we’d want to put that reputation at risk by passing this bill, particularly when businesses of all types are already saying how this bill would make it harder for them to succeed in the state.” - Daniel Morgan, Express Employment Professionals franchisee, Birmingham

“Businesses of all types – everything from five-employee stores like mine to Fortune 500 companies – are asking the legislature to slow down and think about what they’re doing. I hope the Legislature considers how new regulations like this can impact Alabama business owners and our state’s economy down the road.” - Pauline McKean, FASTSIGNS franchisee, Mobile

“Having taught a university course on franchising for more than a decade, I interact regularly with franchisors and franchisees. Senate Bill 129… has the laudable goal of protecting franchisees from exploitation… But, as the old saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” - David Ketchen, Harbert Eminent Scholar and Professor of Management at Auburn University