I have received news that our Governor has vetoed bill AB1282
a bill that would have stopped misleading companies from misrepresenting themselves as local businesses in California.Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger Said
:To the Members of the California State Assembly:I am returning Assembly Bill 1282 without my signature.This bill would make it illegal for a floral business to list or advertise a local telephone number if the phone calls are routinely routed to a location that is different than the geographical location of the number advertised. It would also make it illegal to list or advertise a business name if the name misrepresents the business' geographical location.In today's global economy, it is unreasonable to limit out-of-area businesses from using local names and telephone numbers. In virtually every aspect of the economy, consumers are accustomed to purchasing products from around the world via many methods.Sincerely,Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This bill would have helped even the playing field when it comes to ordering flowers online. Over 80% of our customers want to know where we are at and want to make sure they are ordering from a local business
.The consumer wants to know
and it shouldn't be kept a secret that these companies are not located here. Companies like 800 flowers FTD Teleflora even Proflowers
they do not help California's Economy even though Florist located here in California assemble and create these products here in California. Since most of these companies don't collect any Sales Tax it also puts our businesses located in California at a disadvantage offering a way for the fake florist to offer a better deal to consumers when ordering flowers online by not charging for Sales Tax.
Perhaps the Governor would take notice if we decided to open a second business out of state
perhaps in Canada and stop collecting Sales Tax for the State of California. This is exactly what they are doing and yet consumers have no idea that these companies aren't even in our State or even understand what they are doing by not purchasing from Local Business.Twenty-two states have passed legislation against deceptive phone listings
and yet California does not recognize the benefit of keeping our own businesses and tax dollars flowing within our Great State.
We at Everyday Flowers are very disappointed as well as many of the local California florist that have helped pushed this bill to the governors desk.
More about this located on the Florist Blogs
You can also Digg the article here. http://digg.com/world_news/Schwarzenneger_Vetoes_Phony_Local_Florist_Bill
Labels: AB 1282, Misleading Advertising, Misleading Florist Directory