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Thursday, 12 March 2020 17:38

Associations Speak Out On Connecticut Auto Glass Bill

Written by Emmariah Holcomb, glassBYTES.com

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Associations and businesses have begun to speak out---in both opposition and support---of a new piece of auto glass legislation introduced in Connecticut’s General Assembly.

The bill, HB 5294, looks to “establish an auto glass temporary license to allow auto glass companies doing business in the state to perform auto glass work in the event of a state disaster or emergency.” 
 
The legislation would allow state auto glass companies to hire up to 15 unlicensed auto glass technicians on an emergency basis.
 
According to the proposed legislation, the temporary license “shall be utilized by an auto glass company that employs out-of-state employees who perform automotive glass work, and whose qualifications are substantially similar to, or higher than, those of this state.”
 
If passed, those who obtain an auto glass temporary license will have to provide a list on a form prescribed by the commissioner, stating each out-of-state employee that the auto glass company may use to perform work in this state in the event of a state disaster or emergency. 
 
The state’s own Automotive Glass Work and Flat Glass Examining Board (AGWFGEB) is among those opposing the legislation.
 
“The AGWFGEB is against HB 5294 because it appears to put profit over Connecticut driver’s safety,” the examining board said in a release regarding the new bill.
 
The Connecticut Glass Dealers Association (CGDA) also opposed the new bill and calls for legislators to vote against HB 5294.
 
“We ask that you vote against this bill, and put consumer safety first. We come to you asking for your leadership and action, and to call on Connecticut Glass Dealers Association (CGDA) with any questions or resources you may need to further understand this bill,” said Jessica Olander, CGDA executive director, in a release.
 
“The prospect of Connecticut allowing auto glass companies to use unlicensed technicians who have not been vetted through the State’s normal procedures is of great concern to the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC)," said Seth Maiman, AGSC legislative and government affairs director. 
 
"Our concern about safety rises exponentially when we consider how many cars now have Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) that require complex recalibration during the replacement of auto glass," Maiman said. "Connecticut has been a national leader in advancing safety with stringent training requirements and we hope that this legislation will be defeated.”
 
If passed, the bill looks to add the following to the state’s current auto glass law:
 
“The Commissioner of Consumer Protection may, in the event of a state disaster or emergency, and upon payment of an $1,800 licensing fee, grant an annual auto glass temporary license to an auto glass company that employs individuals who perform automotive glass work and does business in the state,” a portion of the proposed bill reads.

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