In a previous blog post I discussed House Bill 790 in Vermont which would have had a substantial negative impact upon franchising in Vermont.  It would essentially void non-compete provisions in franchise agreements. 

The Bill apparently languished in committee through the end of the May session, which effectively kills it for the time being.  The danger of such bills is that they tend to leach into “sister” states.  The demise of the Vermont Bill is a positive development for franchisors and helps strengthen the franchise community in general because it protects the general integrity of franchise systems.