98RS HB410


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HB 410 (BR 895) - S. Johns, K. Bratcher, T. Burch, Dw. Butler, L. Clark, P. Clark, J. Jenkins, E. Jordan, M. Marzian, P. Mason, R. Palumbo, S. Riggs, D. Sims, K. Stein

     AN ACT relating to warranties for new assistive devices.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 151B to require a manufacturer of an assistive device to expressly warrant the device against any condition, defect, or malfunction which substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of the device for a period of one year; establish a list of types of devices to be covered by a warranty; require the manufacturer to provide for refunds, repair, return, and replacement of devices; require an assistive device dealer to comply with all terms and conditions of the express warranty within thirty (30) days of a request for action by the assistive device lessor; require that full disclosure of returns or repairs on an assistive device be provided before sale or lease to a consumer; provide legal remedy for consumers.


     HFA (1, J. Gray) - Exclude hearing instruments, as licensed under KRS Chapter 334, from the definition of assistive device.
     SCS - Require that only the manufacturer's invoice price be refunded in refunds involving hearing aids; retain all other provisions of HB 410/GA.
     SFA (1, V. McGaha) - Clarify definition of "assistive device" by excluding hearing instruments licensed under KRS Chapter 334.

     Jan 23-introduced in House
     Jan 26-to Health and Welfare (H)
     Feb 2-posted in committee
     Feb 24-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Feb 25-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for for February 26, 1998
     Feb 26-floor amendment (1) filed
     Mar 2-3rd reading; returned to the Orders of the Day
     Mar 3-floor amendment (1) defeated; passed 85-10
     Mar 4-received in Senate
     Mar 5-to Licensing and Occupations (S)
     Mar 12-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 13-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed
     Mar 17-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for March 18, 1998
     Mar 18-3rd reading; floor amendment (1) withdrawn; passed 37-0 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 19-received in House; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate amendment
     Mar 24-House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute; passed 89-5
     Mar 25-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Apr 1-signed by Governor

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