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Substitute Bill No. 5785

January Session, 2015

 

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

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective January 1, 2016) (a) 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 provide evidence of liability insurance coverage in an amount not less than one million dollars to: (1) The Commissioner of Consumer Protection or the commissioner's designee, and (2) the municipal building department in each municipality where such person submits building permit applications.

(b) 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 provide evidence that such person has passed: (1) An open-book written examination approved by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection and based on written material published and distributed at no charge to the public by the Department of Consumer Protection, or (2) a course of study from a program or school approved by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection.

(c) The provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall not apply to: (1) Any home improvement contractor who has continuously held a valid registration in this state for the five years prior to the date of such application or renewal, or (2) any registered home improvement contractor who has gross annual receipts of not more than thirty thousand dollars.

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: (1) An analysis of whether the current complaint form and procedures 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 and department procedures, and (2) recommendations, if any, regarding the open-book written examination and course of study requirements specified in subsection (b) of section 1 of this act.

(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

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

In Section 1(a), the word "coverage" was added with respect to "evidence of liability insurance" for accuracy and statutory consistency.

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Joint Favorable Subst. -LCO