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Thursday, 06 August 2020 19:48

Connecticut Auto Glass Bill Doesn’t Make It Out of 2020 Session

Written by Emmariah Holcomb, glassBYTEs.com

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The auto glass legislation introduced earlier this year has failed to make it out of Connecticut’s 2020 session.

HB 5294 looked 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.” Had it passed, the legislation would have allowed state auto glass companies to hire up to 15 unlicensed auto glass technicians on an emergency basis.

 

The bill would have added 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 dollar 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 bill read.

 

Background

 

In March, auto glass businesses and associations spoke, some in support of and some in opposition to the bill. According to the legislation’s text, 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.”

 

This means, had HB 5294 passed, those who obtain an auto glass temporary license would have to provide a list on a form prescribed by the commissioner, stating each out-of-state employee the auto glass company may use to perform work in Connecticut in the event of a state disaster or emergency.

 

Connecticut’s Automotive Glass Work and Flat Glass Examining Board (AGWFGEB) opposed the bill.

 

“The AGWFGEB is against HB 5294 because it appears to put profit over Connecticut drivers' safety,” the examining board said in a release regarding the bill.


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