WDMA Applauds Connecticut Legislature for Declining to Override Veto of Window Warranty Bill
[Washington, DC] - The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) is applauding the Connecticut General Assembly for declining to consider an override of the recent veto by Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) of harmful legislation affecting consumer warranties for windows, roofing, and siding at a veto session yesterday in Hartford. The bill is now dead for 2017.
The onerous provisions of S.B. 821 would have required window, roofing and siding manufacturers offering consumer warranties to make a determination on claims within 30 days of receiving the claim. After that period, the claim would have automatically been considered approved, and the manufacturer would have been required to pay the claim within the following 30 days. In addition, the bill would have required that manufacturers pay
warranty claim made for materials and labor and must reimburse the full price of the materials and labor the consumer was charged. The bill would have necessitated manufacturers choosing to do business in the state to create separate warranty procedures in Connecticut differing from the rest of the nation.
"WDMA commends the General Assembly for refusing to consider an override of this veto. This legislation was unprecedented and severely problematic for manufacturers, dealers, and consumers doing business in the state of Connecticut," said Michael O'Brien, WDMA President and CEO.
"WDMA would like to thank all members who weighed in on this bill. Their efforts were crucial to ensuring this harmful legislation did not make it into law."