The ASCA’s model legislation, HB-7288, took a critical step toward becoming law in Connecticut when it was unanimously voted out of committee at a 16-0 vote on March 21.
The ASCA’s model legislation, which has already been signed into law in Illinois and Colorado, prohibits clients from passing on their negligence through hold-harmless agreements and indemnification clauses.
ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride says HB-7288 passage unanimously out of committee is a great sign for the legislation, however, he cautions that there’s still a lot of work to see this through the general assembly and to the governor’s desk.
“Connecticut is unique as it was the first state to pass the ‘reasonable care’ statute,” Gilbride says. “This statute requires property owner to take reasonable care of their property in a reasonable time frame. Property owners are using indemnification clauses and hold harmless agreements to skirt this law, putting all liability on the contractor. The ASCA’s model legislation fixes this.”
“I encourage Connecticut’s professional snow and ice management community to reach out to their representatives today and let them know of your support for this much needed legislation,” he adds.
Next, HB-7288 will be reviewed by the Screening Committee, and from there it then goes on the House calendar to be called for a vote, which could take place from that point until the end of the 2019 session.
You can track the Connecticut bill’s progress HERE.
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