Legislative Update

August 4th, 2009 by Editor

While we know Congress is currently considering climate legislation which would affect all industries, including doors and windows, there are other pieces of legislation, some in Congress and some in individual states, that also affect the industry. Following is a quick look at two of those bills, one currently being considered and the other recently passed.

Senate Resolution Would Increase Funds Available to Disabled Vets for Home Renovations

The U.S. Senate currently is reviewing a resolution that would provide for an increase in the amount payable by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to veterans for improvements and structural alterations to their homes as part of home health services. This would include doors and windows and would increase the amount payable to veterans from $4,100 to $6,800.

The resolution was introduced by Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) in March and the House recently voted to approve it.

New Hampshire Bill Will Create Window Replacement Program

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch recently signed a law that will create a window replacement program in the state for houses with lead poisoning. Once the funds are available, as regulated by the state, the program will be made available to owners of homes affected by lead poisoning. According to Senate Bill 114, which was signed into law on July 16, pilot projects for the program will begin as soon as funds are available.

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