We are writing in opposition to HB 1783. This legislation has far-reaching and harmful ramifications for franchisors, franchisees, and the contributions of these small and large businesses on the Arkansas economy. HB 1783 is a way to use the legislature to resolve a dispute between parties to private contracts in favor of one side. HB 1783 represents government overreach in its most obvious form, by inserting the state into commercial contracts freely entered by two private parties. If enacted, the proposed legislation would significantly alter the franchise relationship and institute the most extreme franchise regulation of any state, placing it far beyond the onerous regulatory regimes of California and New York.