Substitute House Bill No. 7057

Public Act No. 99-274

An Act Concerning Refund and Exchange Policies and the Sale of Certain Secondhand Furniture.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (a) A refusal by any person engaged in trade or commerce in this state, upon the return of goods purchased from such person's place of business, to accept the returned goods immediately and issue the individual returning such goods either a cash or credit refund of the purchase price or credit towards the purchase of another item offered for sale at such person's place of business, provided such return is made within the period of time established by such person for the acceptance of returned goods and provided further, such goods are returned in a manner consistent with such person's conspicuously posted refund or exchange policy, constitutes an unfair trade practice under subsection (a) of section 42-110b of the general statutes.

(b) This section shall not be construed to prohibit any person engaged in trade or commerce in this state from extending the period of time during which such person will accept the return of goods purchased from such person's place of business.

(c) This section does not apply to perishable goods, including readily perishable foods and beverages, or goods clearly marked as nonreturnable pursuant to such person's conspicuously posted refund or exchange policy.

Sec. 2. Subsection (g) of section 21a-232 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(g) No person shall sell any secondhand bedding or filling material unless (1) it has been sterilized and has a tag bearing the secondhand dealer's license number and the permit number of the person performing the sterilization, or (2) in the case of secondhand bedding or filling material manufactured at least twenty-five but no more than fifty years prior to the date on which such secondhand bedding or filling material is offered for sale, the secondhand dealer notifies the consumer, in writing, that such secondhand bedding or filling material has not been sterilized.

Sec. 3. Subsection (o) of section 21a-232 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(o) Nothing in this chapter shall apply to automotive upholstery, private sales from the home of the owner direct to a consumer, bedding offered for sale at public auction in the home of the owner, and bedding manufactured at least [one hundred] fifty years prior to the date on which the bedding is offered for sale.

Approved June 29, 1999

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