Great news! On Friday, July 7, Governor Malloy vetoed S.B. 821, legislation affecting window, roofing, and siding warranties. This is a huge victory for the Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut and the entire lumber and building materials industry.
LDAC strongly opposed S.B. 821 since its introduction. The legislation would have been overly burdensome for manufacturers of windows, roofing, and siding, and would have had serious repercussions for the independent building material dealers in Connecticut.
LDAC recruited other industry organizations to assist in the effort to defeat this bill during the legislative session, but it was passed by a mere 10 votes in the House on the final day of the session. LDAC and industry partners quickly regrouped to request that the Governor veto this legislation. With more than 40 letters submitted to the Governor, he released a veto message, which is provided below.
The Governor typically only vetoes a handful of bills each year, while signing hundreds of others into law. This illustrates just how great of an accomplishment this is for the lumber and building materials industry, LDAC, and its membership.
At this time, it is unclear whether or not the bill sponsor will seek a legislative override of the Governor’s veto. The bill would need to pass both the Senate and House by a two-thirds majority to override the veto. LDAC will continue to closely monitor the issue and will notify the membership about any final actions on this legislation.
On behalf of the LDAC legislative committee, I thank you for all of the letters signed, e-mails sent, and phone calls made to legislators and the Governor over the last couple of months. I truly appreciate all of the time you took out of your busy schedules to be a strong voice for this industry. This legislation would not have been vetoed if it weren’t for the advocacy efforts of LDAC’s membership – you all should be proud!
Please stay tuned for more details, and congratulations on this history-making victory! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-880-6350.