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Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update

March 29, 2010

All of the subject matter committees will have passed their favorable report deadlines, except the "money committees" (Appropriations, April 1; and Finance Revenue and Bonding, April 6) and Judiciary (March 29).  This means that the list of bills that have been favorably reported to the floor will be the pool of potential Public Acts for this session and the bills that did not make it are dead (unless they are in the two committees listed above).  Some of the bills have file copies already and the file numbers are listed in the table below.  For the rest of the bills, the initial files should be ready in the next 15 days.  As the file numbers become available, the will automatically be updated in the "Bill Status" page for each bill.

            Many of the bills reported to the floor will be sent back out to subject matter committees that they should have visited before going to the floor but did not because of the very short time period between committee reporting deadlines.  Once a bill is referred out to a committee, the committee that receives it can favorably report the bill back to the floor as is or with substitute language or kill the bill (either by a vote or by inaction).

            Bills that died in committee could resurface later as amendments.  To check for called or uncalled amendments, go to the "Bill Status" page and look for links to amendments or search all amendments from the General Assembly's website search page:  http://search.cga.state.ct.us/.  Table 1 is a list of select bills: it is not a comprehensive list of bills.

Table 1:  Select Environment, Energy, and Land Use Related Bills

Bill No.


Title

Bill Status Report

Last
Action

File
Copy



 

ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

 

118

AAC CONNECTICUT QUALIFIED BIODIESEL PRODUCER GRANTS

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

File No. 81

119

AAC REMEDIATION PROGRAMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Bill Status

JF to FLOOR

120

AA AUTHORIZING REVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION'S GUIDANCE STATEMENTS AND POLICIES BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S REGULATION REVIEW COMMITTEE

Bill Status

JF to FLOOR

121

AAC THE EXTENSION OF GENERAL PERMITS ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Bill Status

JF to FLOOR

123

AAC PRESERVING NATURAL VEGETATION NEAR WETLANDS AND WATERCOURSES

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

124

AAC LONG ISLAND SOUND AND COASTAL PERMITTING

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

127

AAC COMPOSTING FACILITIES FOR COMMERCIAL FOOD RESIDUALS AND THE ACCOUNTING SYSTEM FOR REDEEMED BEVERAGE CONTAINERS

Bill Status

JFS to FRB

206

AAC LOCAL LAND USE AGENCIES AND THE SITING OF TELECOMMUNICATION TOWERS

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

File No. 86

382

AN ACT REQUIRING BIODIESEL BLENDED HEATING OIL AND LOWERING THE SULFUR CONTENT OF HEATING OIL SOLD IN THE STATE

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

383

AAC A STATE-WIDE WATER USE PLAN

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

385

AN ACT CREATING INCENTIVES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOLAR ENERGY AND OTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

5117

AAC CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION RESTRICTIONS HELD BY THE STATE

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

File No. 95

5119

AAC MINOR REVISIONS TO THE UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK PETROLEUM CLEAN-UP ACCOUNT AND GROUNDWATER POLLUTION ABATEMENT STATUTES

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

5120

AAC PRIVATE AND MUNICIPAL RECYCLING, ZONING ORDINANCES AND SOLID WASTE COLLECTION CONTRACTS

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

5417

AN ACT CONCERNING OPEN SPACE AND THE CREATION OF TRAILS FOR ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

5418

AAC INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR MUNICIPAL FACILITIES

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

5420

AAC THE TRANSITION FROM THE TEN MIL PROGRAM IN 2011

Bill Status

JF to FLOOR

 

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

24

AAC SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR RENEWABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

Bill Status

JF C/R to FRB

181

AA REDEFINING CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

182

AAC REVISIONS TO THE UTILITY STATUTES

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

203

AA PERMITTING CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATIONS TO BENEFIT FROM CLEAN ENERGY FUND PROGRAMS

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

463

AAC FINANCING OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

5213

AAC THE SITING COUNCIL

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

5215

AAC MODIFICATIONS TO THE PURCHASED GAS, ENERGY AND TRANSMISSION RATE ADJUSTMENT CLAUSES

Bill Status

JF to FLOOR

5365

AAC ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

5464

AAC MUNICIPAL ENCOURAGEMENT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS

Bill Status

JF to FLOOR

5465

AAC THE DEVELOPMENT OF GREEN JOBS

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

5467

AAC THE COORDINATION OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS

Bill Status

JFS C/R to FRB

 

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

199

AAC THE STATE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

302

AAC STATE FUNDING OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING LOCATED IN A FIVE-HUNDRED-YEAR FLOOD PLAIN

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

338

AN ACT REDUCING DEVELOPMENT BURDENS

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

 

OTHER COMMITTEES

174

AAC THE STANDARDS OF WATER QUALITY (COMMERCE)

Bill Status

ENV JFS to FLOOR

178

AAC ECONOMIC INDICATORS IN ENERGY DECISIONS (COMMERCE)

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

238

AAC A SPECIALIZED DOCKET FOR LAND USE APPEALS (JUDICIARY)

Bill Status

Public Hearing 03/03

428

AAC REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH RELATED STATUTES (PUBLIC HEALTH)

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

453

AAC THE STATE'S REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT (COMMERCE)

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

5025

AAC GREEN TECHNOLOGY, LIFE SCIENCE AND HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY JOBS LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM (Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee)

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

File No. 138

5225

AAC SOLAR WORK (GENERAL LAW)

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

5208

AAC EXPEDITED PERMITTING FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (COMMERCE)

Bill Status

PD JF to FLOOR

5374

AAC PROMOTING AND SUSTAINING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN CONNECTICUT (HOUSING)

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

File No. 155

5435

AAC THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MAJORITY LEADERS' JOB GROWTH ROUNDTABLE (COMMERCE)

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

5436

AAC BROWNFIELD REMEDIATION LIABILITY (COMMERCE)

Bill Status

JFS to FLOOR

5437

AAC FUNDING FOR BROWNFIELD REMEDIATION AND DEVELOPMENT (COMMERCE)

Bill Status

JFS to FRB

5477

AAC THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND STREAM FLOW REGULATIONS (PUBLIC HEALTH)

Bill Status

Public Hearing 03/17

JF=Joint Favorable; JFS= Joint Favorable Substitute; C/R=Change of Reference; Floor =House or Senate Chamber

            Committees continue to meet even after the JF deadlines to act on bills referred from the Floor.  You can keep track of meetings using the "Meeting Agendas" link below or by checking in the Legislative Bulletin.  If you are curious regarding the nature of support or opposition to a bill, you can get a very general summary from the JF Reports using the links below or from the link on the "Bill Status" page for a particular bill.

Table 2:  Committee Agendas and JF Reports

Committee

Meeting Agendas

JF Reports

Energy and Technology

Meeting Agendas

JF Reports

Environment

Meeting Agendas

JF Reports

Planning and Development

Meeting Agendas

JF Reports

Transportation

Meeting Agendas

JF Reports

            If you have any questions regarding this newsletter or would like more detailed information on any bills, please contact Matt Ranelli at (860) 251-5748 or by e-mail at mranelli@goodwin.com.  You can also contact any member of the Environment, Energy and Land Use Group by calling (860) 251-5000 or by visiting Shipman & Goodwin's website at http://www.shipmangoodwin.com/.

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