Momentum in Massachusetts

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The ASCA is generating support in the state legislature and it could become the next state to adopt the association’s model legislation.

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July 25, 2019

Testifying on behalf of the ASCA’s model legislation before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

The Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) and the Massachusetts snow and ice removal community convened in Boston in late June and early July to educate the state's legislature on the association's model legislation.

A committed contingent of snow professionals from the ASCA and Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals (MLP) took in a series of meetings with state representatives in Boston. The proposed 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, and most recently in Connecticut.

"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 wellbeing during the winter," says ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride. "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.

Snow industry members met with Mike Rush, a Democratic member of the Massachusetts Senate, representing the Suffolk and Norfolk district.

Gilbride added that the meetings were valuable and constructive for the proposed legislation, and he is highly encouraged the proposed bill will continue to move forward.

"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," he says.

Gilbride anticipates there will be more to report in the weeks to come as the legislation is assigned to a committee for consideration. He thanked 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.

Gilbride adds that any professional snow and ice manager with questions about the association’s model legislation, or would like to get involved with legislative matters in Massachusetts or another state, should contact him directly at kgilbride@ascaonline.com.