New Legislation Looks To Shake Up Tinting In Washington and the Big Apple

May 15th, 2019 by Emmariah Holcomb

Two forms of legislation which might impact window film businesses have surfaced in Washington and New York. Both legislatures will consider making changes to current industry laws during this years’ sessions.

The legislation introduced in Washington relates to installing safety glazing or film sunscreening materials and was introduced in the Senate. The new bill, also referred to as S 5881, looks to implement fines for those who perform the installations for commercial gain.

The $500 fine will be enforced for “a mechanic or commercial installer of safety glazing or film sunscreening material who installs, for monetary or commercial gain, safety glazing or film sunscreening material in violation of [the state’s window film law],” a portion of the bill reads.

According to S 5881, those who are found violating this law could find themselves with a misdemeanor.

The bill was introduced in February and referred to the Senate Transportation Committee. It passed the Senate in March. The House passed an amended version of the bill in April. The Senate concurred with the amended bill in late April and the bill was sent to Washington’s governor.

To view S 5881’s full text, click here.

New York’s Senate introduced a bill, referred to as S 5298, that aims to ament the current vehicle and traffic law that involves exemptions for tinted windows for those “persons suffering from skin cancers such as melanoma.”

The bill was introduced in late April and has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

To view S 5298’s full text, click here.

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