A breaking development from the General Assembly in Hartford, Conn., late Wednesday afternoon. The Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) learned its model legislation, the Snow Removal Limited Liability Act, had received unanimous approval in the state’s House of Representatives and is now on its way for consideration in the Senate.
The ASCA announced only earlier that day that HB-7288 had been placed on the “Go List” for consideration, says ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride. State Representative Patricia Billie Miller, the bill’s sponsor, anticipated a vote would come soon.
“When HB-7288 was place on the ‘Go List’ the feeling was that it would receive a vote soon,” Gilbride says. “Not only did it pass quickly, but it did so unanimously! We are all extremely excited it was sooner than we expected.”
The ASCA’s model legislation prohibits clients from passing on their negligence through hold-harmless agreements and indemnification clauses. This legislation has been adopted into law in Illinois and Colorado.
With the legislation moving on for consideration in the Connecticut State Senate, Gilbride says it is critical for the state’s snow and ice management industry to voice its support for the legislation with elected representatives.
“The next step is to move it through the Senate,” Gilbride says. “We need all Connecticut snow and ice management professionals to move their focus to their elected representatives in the state senate."
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Although HB-7288 passed unanimously in the House, Gilbride cautions: “If a group is going to oppose a bill, they generally do so vigorously once a bill hits the Senate. They do this because every group has limited resources. Opposing in the Senate makes more sense because there are less senators than House representatives. So many bills are introduced each session, groups focus on their biggest issues first and wait for other bills to hit the Senate to oppose.“We expect this and have our plans in place to meet to ensure the bill’s passage,” he says.