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Tesla direct sales bill stalls in Connecticut

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 (AP)

A last-minute offer by electric carmaker Tesla Motors to open a regional distribution center in Connecticut may not be enough to persuade lawmakers to pass a bill allowing the company to sell its vehicles directly to consumers.

The bill was placed Monday at the bottom of the Senate calendar, a bad sign at the session's end.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff says there aren't enough votes to pass the bill in the Senate because there's no agreement between Tesla,General Motors and the state's automobile dealers association about allowing Tesla to bypass the franchise system.

Tesla says the distribution center would provide more than 150 jobs.

Duff says Tesla would have mentioned the center during negotiations months ago if the company were "really serious."