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Substitute House Bill No. 7179

Public Act No. 17-197

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

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

Section 1. Section 27-34a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) Any member of the Connecticut National Guard whom the Governor orders into active state service shall have all of the protections afforded to service members on federal active service by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, 38 USC Sections 4301 to 4333, inclusive, and by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, except for the provisions of 50 USC App, Sections 536 and 541 to 549, inclusive, pertaining to life insurance, as amended.

(b) In addition to the protections described in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and afforded under this section, any such member ordered into active state service may terminate any contract for telecommunication services, Internet services, television services, satellite radio services or membership at an athletic club or gym, at any time after the date such member receives military orders directing such member to a location, for a period of ninety days or more, that does not support any such contract. Any such member terminating such contract shall do so by submitting to a provider of any such service or membership written or electronic notice of such termination and a copy of such member's military orders.

Approved July 10, 2017