ASCA legislation passes Illinois House

The anti-indeminity legislation is two steps away from being reality, says assocaition executive director.

The Illinois House of Representatives today unanimously (116-0) passed the ASCA's model legislation, which is now just two steps away from becoming reality.

Following today's vote, House amendments to Senate Bill 2138 must now go back to the Senate for concurrence, which is scheduled for Thursday. Once the amendment passes it will require the governor's signature.

"We are very excited by what has happened with the Illinois House today and with the momentum moving forward," says ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride. "Once finalized, this legislation will have a big impact on snow and ice management contractors throughout the Illinois."

The ASCA's proposed legislation will eliminate property owners and managers from passing their liability onto a snow contractor. Many contractors sign hold-harmless agreements and indemnification clauses that transfer the property owner’s liability onto them. Many may not even realize they are signing these agreements. The net effect of this legislation will be wide ranging for the professional snow and ice management industry, primarily it will have a favorable impact on insurance rates.