Interview with Gov. Perry on Fox Business Network:
Gov. Rick Perry on Tesla | On Air Videos | Fox Business
Competition for battery factory is obviously the impetus for this, and is discussed, but he refers to the independent dealer requirement as "old, and some would say antiquated protection in there for the car dealers" and said how the world is changing. The strange part is he talks about consumers being able to "negotiate" directly with the manufacturer rather than buy directly. "I think the people of Texas are basically going to say, you know what, we don't need to be protected. We like being able to negotiate straight away."
Texas legislature only meets every two years though, next session starts Jan. 13, 2015.