Senate Considers Bill That Would Create Penalties for Advertising
by Non-Licensed Glass Installers
May 22, 2009
The Connecticut Senate currently is reviewing a bill that would
create penalties for those who advertise that they perform work
for which they are not licensed, including licensure for both flat
and automotive glass installations in the state. The General Assembly's
joint committee on general law recently voted in favor of passing
the bill with a unanimous vote of 17-0.
Thus far, the group has not had any opposition to the bill, introduced
in late February, according to a joint favorable report created
by the general law committee.
If passed, the law would prohibit "anyone from willfully and falsely
pretending to qualify to practice a licensed trade." The bill specifies
print, electronic, television, radio advertising or listings as
prohibited practices by non-licensed trade people.
If passed, civil penalties could include license suspension or
revocation; probation; and a fine of up to $1,000 for a first violation,
$1,500 for a second violation and $3,000 for subsequent violations
occurring less than three years after the previous violation.
The acts described in the law would be considered a Class B misdemeanor
punishable by up to six months imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000
The committee's analysis of the bill notes: "Before anyone may
be prosecuted for a licensing law violation, the law requires the
consumer protection commissioner to (1) review the activity in question
and (2) make a written determination that the activity requires
a license and is not the subject of a bona fide dispute between
members of a trade or craft, regardless of whether they are licensed."
If passed, the bill would take effect on October 1. The Senate
has referred the bill to its committee on judiciary for further
HERE for full text of bill.
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