Legislative Alert: Connecticut

Legislative Alert: Connecticut

ASCA's model legislation takes an important step forward in the Connecticut State House.

April 24, 2019

The Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) has learned that its model legislation, the Snow Removal Limited Liability Act, has taken an important step forward in the Connecticut General Assembly.

Connecticut HB-7288 has been designated to the “Go List” in the Connecticut House of Representatives, meaning the Connecticut House of Representatives is likely to vote on HB-7288 in the very near future.

The ASCA’s model legislation prohibits clients from passing on their negligence through hold-harmless agreements and indemnification clauses.

“This is a very important and vital step for the ASCA’s model legislation in the Connecticut General Assembly,” says ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride. “We need all professional snow and ice management contractors and their employees to contact their elected state officials and let them know that they need them to support this very important legislation.”

CLICK HERE to connect with your state representative. Once on the page, click the CONTACT ME link at the top right of the page. Once you’ve filled out some essential information, there will be a COMMENT BOX at the bottom where you are encouraged to write the following:

“Please support House Bill 7288. This bill will go a long way in keeping the citizens of Connecticut safe in the winter, while also keeping insurance rates in check for professional snow and ice management contractors.”

Gilbride says it’s vital for Connecticut’s professional snow and ice management community to rally together and voice its support for this legislation with elected officials.

HB-7288 is critical to level the playing field for our industry in Connecticut,” he says. “While we’ve generated a lot of positive momentum in support of HB-7288 it will require a surge of grassroots support from the state’s snow and ice management community to push this bill over to the state senate for consideration.”

To date, the ASCA’s model legislation has been enacted into law in Illinois and Colorado.

You can track the Connecticut bill’s progress HERE.