WASHINGTON -- Rejected General Motors and Chrysler dealers would get to have their terminations reviewed by a third party under a proposal floated by a key lawmaker.
Rep. Frank Kratovil, D-Md., one of the original sponsors of a bill to reverse dealer terminations, said he suggested the idea to the National Automobile Dealers Association as part of discussions urging the group to join talks with GM and Chrysler.
Kratovil's idea is the broadest yet offered by participants in talks aimed at coming up with a compromise on dealer terminations.
The discussions seek an alternative to legislation that would cancel thousands of store closings. The bill has passed the House but gone nowhere yet in the Senate.
GM and Chrysler are talking informally to Kratovil and three other Democratic lawmakers. They gave no indication how they might react to his idea.
NADA also is talking to the congressmen but has avoided discussions with the car companies while trying to push the legislation.
"We welcome any ideas from members of Congress that can help move this issue forward," NADA spokesman David Hyatt said. "NADA is continuing to work with our supporters on Capitol Hill to evaluate the situation." c