NRLA & LDAC Celebrate Gov. Malloy’s Veto of Product Warranty Legislation

The Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA) and Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut (LDAC) celebrates Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s decision to veto Senate Bill 821, which would have affected consumer warranties for windows, roofing, and siding.

In a letter announcing his disapproval of the bill, Malloy explained “This bill, while intended to add additional layers of consumer protections to the warranty process, would instead harm consumers due to its detrimental impact to the marketplace.”

This legislation was strongly opposed by LDAC since its introduction in February. The association recruited other organizations to help fight aggressively against the bill in the final days of the legislative session. Unfortunately, S.B. 821 passed on June 7, the final day of session. LDAC and industry partners quickly mobilized to urge Gov. Malloy to veto this legislation. After a meeting with the Governor’s staff and more than 40 industry letters, the Governor decided to veto S.B. 821.

This is a huge victory for the industry, as this legislation would have been overly burdensome for manufacturers of windows, roofing, and siding – leading to potentially devastating outcomes for independent building material dealers across Connecticut. A sweeping mandate for these manufacturers to cover all labor and replacement costs associated with warranty claims would have led to higher prices, weakened consumer protections, and fewer products available to consumers. The legislation would have also required manufacturers to address warranty claims within 30 days’ receipt of a claim – an unreasonable timeframe to comply with. 

The NRLA and LDAC sincerely thanks all of the members that called, e-mailed, or wrote letters to their legislators and to Gov. Malloy. This legislation would never have been vetoed without the grassroots effort of our members.