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 automotive and
flat 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
If passed, the bill would take effect on October 1. The Senate has
referred the bill to its committee on judiciary for further review.
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