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Amendment

 

January Session, 2015

LCO No. 7267

   
 

*HB0578507267HDO*

Offered by:

 

REP. BARAM, 15th Dist.

REP. KINER, 59th Dist.

REP. ROSE, 118th Dist.

REP. FRITZ, 90th Dist.

REP. CARTER, 2nd Dist.

REP. SHABAN, 135th Dist.

REP. MINER, 66th Dist.

REP. AMAN, 14th Dist.

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5785

File No. 309

Cal. No. 191

"AN ACT CONCERNING INSURANCE AND TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS. "

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (NEW) (Effective January 1, 2016) (a) The Commissioner of Consumer Protection shall not issue a certificate of registration as a home improvement contractor pursuant to chapter 400 of the general statutes to any person unless such person has affirmatively indicated, on a form provided by the commissioner, that such person has and will maintain, during the time such certificate of registration is valid: (1) General commercial liability insurance coverage in an amount not less than five hundred thousand dollars, if such person had a gross annual income of thirty thousand dollars or more derived from providing home improvement services in the past calendar year, or (2) general commercial liability insurance coverage in an amount not less than one hundred thousand dollars, if such person had a gross annual income of less than thirty thousand dollars derived from providing home improvement services in the past calendar year.

(b) The Commissioner of Consumer Protection or the commissioner's designee shall make available at no charge to each person who applies for or seeks to renew a certificate of registration as a home improvement contractor pursuant to chapter 400 of the general statutes certain written material published by the Department of Consumer Protection. Such written material may be made available on said department's Internet web site and shall include, but need not be limited to: (1) An explanation of registration and renewal requirements for home improvement contractors in this state; (2) Connecticut Home Improvement Act requirements; (3) a summary of the Home Improvement Guaranty and the Consumer Protection Enforcement funds; and (4) a summary of other relevant laws relating to home improvement contractors.

(c) Each person who applies for or seeks to renew a certificate of registration as a home improvement contractor pursuant to chapter 400 of the general statutes shall sign a statement indicating he or she will review the written material made available pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Consumer Protection shall not be required to investigate whether a home improvement contractor has or has maintained general commercial liability insurance coverage unless a complaint is filed with said commissioner alleging that an individual home improvement contractor does not have or has not maintained such insurance coverage.

Sec. 2. (Effective January 1, 2016) (a) The Commissioner of Consumer Protection shall conduct a study regarding enforcement and complaint procedures relating to home improvement contractors registered pursuant to chapter 400 of the general statutes.

(b) The study conducted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall include, but need not be limited to, an analysis of whether the current complaint form, department procedures and enforcement efforts utilized by the Department of Consumer Protection regarding home improvement contractors are adequate and what specific changes may be made to improve such complaint form, department procedures and enforcement efforts.

(c) Not later than July 1, 2016, the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, shall report the results of the study conducted pursuant to this section to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to consumer protection and occupational licensing. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

January 1, 2016

New section

Sec. 2

January 1, 2016

New section