BOISE, Idaho — The House Transportation and Defense Committee narrowly affirmed regulations on Feb. 4 that would mandate how long car dealerships should be open each week. Rep. Kathy Sims (R-Coeur d’Alene), a dealer herself, called the move “terrible” and said it would needlessly burden small dealers, reports.

The rule would require dealers to be open at least 20 hours a week and to report working hours to the Idaho Transportation Department. The Senate Transportation Committee initially stripped the rule of the time requirement, but because the House panel affirmed the rules, they stay in place unless a change in language passes both legislative bodies.

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