Director’s Note: Momentum in Massachusetts

Director’s Note: Momentum in Massachusetts

ASCA's Kevin Gilbride checks in from recent meetings with state legislators about the association's model legislation.

June 29, 2019

It was an exciting week for the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) and the Massachusetts snow and ice removal community regarding the association’s model legislation and the state’s legislature.

A committed contingent of snow professionals from the ASCA and Massachusetts Assoc. of Landscape Professionals (MLP) took in a series of meetings with state representatives on proposed legislation that 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.

Our meetings were informative in nature, explaining to elected officials the nature of commercial snow and ice removal and the importance of this service to not only the state’s economy, but to community safety and well-being during the winter. The Massachusetts economy is no stranger to snow and ice events, especially extreme winter events. In fact, according to NOAA records, state-wide snowfall averages range from 30 inches to nearly 80 inches.

We left these meetings confident we were able to get the industry’s message across to legislators and that they understood the critical nature of the ASCA’s model legislation. There will be more to report in the weeks to come as the legislation is assigned to a committee for consideration.

In the meantime, I want to thank those who contributed their time and participated in the discussion. They include: Joe Szczechowicz (ASCA,MLP), Mike Wiess (ASCA), Dick Churchill (ASCA,MLP), Peter Dion (ASCA,MLP), Doug McDuff (ASCA,MLP), Brian Paige (ASCA,MLP), and MLP lobbyist Stephen Boksanski.

Click below for a images from the day's events and happenings.

Momentum in Massachusetts

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