Pennsylvania's General Assembly considers ASCA model legislation

Pennsylvania's General Assembly considers ASCA model legislation

ASCA: Goal now is for Pa.'s contractor community to educate and lobby for HB 1702.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was updated on 8/9/2019 to reflect new developments.

The ASCA’s model legislation -- Commercial Snow Removal Service Liability Limitation Act -- has been reintroduced into the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the critical first step on its way to become state law.

The proposed legislation, House Bill 1702, prohibits clients from passing on their negligence through hold-harmless agreements and indemnification clauses. This legislation has been adopted into law in Illinois, Colorado and Connecticut, and is under consideration in Massachusetts.

HB 1702, introduced by Rep.Thomas P. Murt, has been assigned to the House Insurance Committee for discussion.

ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride says he’s encouraged by the chances of this legislation getting through the state legislature and on to the governor’s desk.

“At this juncture, the key to success is generate grassroots support from the state’s professional snow and ice management community to educate legislators and lobby for the bill’s passage,” Gilbride says. “It’s a game plan that has proven successful for us in other states.”

Keystone State snow fighters learned more during a special meeting at the 2019 Snow Show, which took place in Pittsburgh in late July.

PA SnowPros played host the the meeting, which served to educate and rally support for HB 1702. The ASCA’s model legislation prohibits clients from passing on their negligence through hold-harmless agreements and indemnification clauses.

Versions of the ASCA's model legislation have been adopted into law in Illinois, Colorado, and most recently in Connecticut, due primarily to grassroots legislative efforts from within those states’ snow and ice management communities.