PA 17-197—sHB 7179

Veterans' Affairs Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING TERMINATION OF CERTAIN CONTRACTS BY CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD ORDERED INTO ACTIVE STATE SERVICE

SUMMARY: This act allows Connecticut National Guard members ordered into active service to cancel certain contracts at any time after receiving orders to serve for 90 days or more at a location that does not support such contracts. These include contracts for (1) athletic club and gym memberships and (2) telecommunication, internet, television, and satellite radio services. In order to terminate the contract, the guard member must submit to the provider of the membership or service a written or electronic notice of the termination and a copy of his or her military orders.

The protections under the act are in addition to those provided in the state law that incorporates the protections of the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), except for provisions pertaining to life insurance.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

BACKGROUND

USERRA

USERRA provides reemployment rights for service members returning from serving in the uniformed services and prohibits employers from discriminating against them based on their military service or obligation (38 U.S.C. 4301-4333).

SCRA

SCRA gives specific rights and legal protections to people in military service. It addresses such issues as interest rates, rental and lease agreements, eviction, health and life insurance, mortgage foreclosure, civil judicial proceedings, and income tax payments (50 U.S.C. 3901-4043).