Lawmakers look to more bills to address crumbling basements

Connecticut

Connecticut lawmakers are continuing to consider additional ways to help homeowners with crumbling foundations.

Two legislative committees held a joint public hearing Friday on nine bills aimed at addressing the problem, which impacts more than 40 northern and central Connecticut communities.

More than 40 bills related to foundations damaged by the iron sulfide pyrrhotite were filed this session.

Republican Rep. Kurt Vail of Stafford Springs says much progress has been made, such as creating a new captive insurance company to help homeowners financially. But he says lawmakers will be “here every year trying to fix things.”

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Friday’s bills would improve quarry standards, require sellers to disclose issues with pyrrhotite, and require homeowners insurance policies cover the peril of collapse, something the industry opposes, saying it will increase insurance costs.

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