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Colorado becomes the second state to adopt the ASCA’s model legislation prohibiting hold-harmless agreements in winter service contracts.

July 24, 2018

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In June, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed ASCA’s model legislation into law. The ASCA staff and a group of very driven Colorado snow and ice management contractors were able to get our legislation introduced and through both branches of the Colorado General Assembly, and then on to the governor’s desk for signature in a little over a year.

We now have two states (Illinois is the other) that have enacted our legislation,” says Kevin Gilbride, ASCA Executive Director. “This is a common-sense bill that, in the simplest of terms, prohibits a property owner from passing their liability on to the snow contractor.”

We are determined to get this legislation enacted in all the major snow states and, to date, we’ve laid the ground work in many of them.

Currently we have bills before legislators in the following states:

  • New Jersey: A3968 and S665
  • New York: A6746 and S3703
  • Pennsylvania: HB624
  • Indiana: HB 1125 and S131
  • Massachusetts: HB2369

A is an Assembly Bill, HB is House Bill and S is a Senate Bill.

Gilbride says the ASCA has also done a lot of groundwork in other states – such as Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin – where he expects progress very soon.

While the ASCA is leading the charge, the association needs its members to be active in their home states and drive this legislation through to completion. This includes writing to state representatives and letting them know how important this legislation is to voters and business owners.

“Simply letting them know the bill number and explain that this legislation makes properties safer in winter months and will have a huge positive impact on your business, and especially your insurance rates,” Gilbride says. “If you do business in one of the snow states considering the ASCA’s model legislation, I ask that you message your state reps in support of our bill. It’s the power of collective industry voices that will provide our legislation with the momentum to get to the governor’s desk.”


The ASCA is organizing a special version of its Snow Academy in Colorado for Aug. 28th to educate contractors on the impacts of a new law prohibiting hold-harmless agreements in snow contracts.

To register, enter into your web browser to access the seminar registration page. ASCA members can receive special member pricing by entering the code: ASCA18.

"This is a bit different than what we have done in the past for Snow Academy," says Kevin Gilbride, ASCA Executive Director. “This half-day education seminar is in response to the recent adoption of the ASCA’s model legislation by the state legislature. Our goal now is to educate Colorado contractors on what the new law means for them, their clients and the impact it’ll have on snow and ice management contracts.”

The ASCA is partnering with the Colorado Landscape Association (ALCC), who will be handling the logistics for the event. In turn, the ASCA is responsible for the educational portion of the Colorado Snow Academy, including content and speakers, as well as the event sponsorship.

"We want to make sure we provide a comprehensive day of education that explains the new law, how it will impact their operations, as well as how best to explain the new law to clients and customers,” Gilbride says.

Closer than you think

FREE webinar replay explores ISO 9001/SN 9001 and how close your snow ops actually may be to certification.

On the surface, ISO certification seems like a daunting task to earn. That’s not necessarily the case, says ISO consultant Tammy Johnson, who co-hosted a recent webinar focused on how close successful snow and ice management operations actually are toward certification.

“The average successful snow contractor would be surprised how close they really are to ISO certification,” she says.

Through this interactive educational experience the hosts address contractor questions about the certification process, as well as the financial, efficiency, and operational benefits ISO brings to a snow and ice company.

At this time, only relatively large snow and ice management companies are taking advantage of the ISO benefits,” says co-host Kevin Gilbride, ASCA Executive Director. “However, a variety mid-sized snow and ice management companies are realizing success with ISO, which is driving interest throughout the industry.

If you missed the original broadcast of this webinar you can watch it on the Snow Magazine website by entering into your web browser.