Substitute House Bill No. 6611

Public Act No. 99-74

An Act Concerning Registration of Home Improvement Contractors and the Home Improvement Guaranty Fund.

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

Section 1. Subsection (k) of section 20-432 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(k) In order to preserve the integrity of the guaranty fund, the commissioner, in [his] the commissioner's sole discretion, may order payment out of said fund of an amount less than the actual loss or damages incurred by the owner or less than the order of restitution awarded by the commissioner or the Superior Court. In no event shall any payment out of said guaranty fund be in excess of [ten] fifteen thousand dollars for any single claim by an owner.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 20-420 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) No person shall hold [himself] oneself out to be a contractor or [salesman] salesperson without first obtaining a certificate of registration from the commissioner as provided in this chapter, except that an individual or partner, or officer or director of a corporation registered as a contractor shall not be required to obtain a [salesman's] salesperson's certificate. No certificate shall be given to any person who holds [himself] oneself out to be a contractor that performs radon mitigation unless such contractor provides evidence, satisfactory to the commissioner, that the contractor has attended a program approved by the [United States Environmental Protection Agency] Commissioner of Public Health and received a passing score on [the national Radon Contractor Proficiency (RCP)] an examination approved by said commissioner.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 27, 1999