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Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update

April 21, 2010

The legislative session ends in two weeks on May 5, 2010. The activity at the General Assembly has already sped up. The House and Senate are meeting regularly and committees are busy meeting on referred bills. Table 1 below provides the status of select environmental, energy, and land use related bills that may be of interest. The bill text and a short plain language summary are available by clicking on the "File Copy" for each bill.

This is also the busiest time of year for amendments to bills. So, if you are tracking specific bills, you can search the legislative database for amendments related to your bill by going to the "Bill Status" page and looking for links to amendments or search all amendments at www.search.cga.state.ct.us (not all amendments are filed well in advance of being called so there may still be some surprises).

Tracking bills in the last few days of the session can also be a little trickier. During most of the session, bills are reprinted with the amended text before final action; however, because of the pace of activities in the final days, reprinting is not required for bills acted on after May 1, 2010. Therefore, the best way to check for amendments in the final days of the session is to check the "Bill Status" page for adopted amendments and then check to see if the latest file copy includes the amendment.

Finally, if you are trying to figure out whether the House or Senate is ready to vote on a bill, first refer to the respective "Calendar" to see if the bill is marked double "XX" (bills marked with one "X" are not technically ready for action). Next, for House action, check the daily "Go List" on session days to see if the bill is scheduled for a vote. The Senate designates which bills it will take up at the beginning of each session so you just have to wait and listen for the Senate markings. The Calendars and the "Go List" are available on the General Assembly's main webpage: www.cga.ct.gov.

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

Bill No.

Title

Bill Status Report

Action
(as of 4/21)

File
Copy

 ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

 

118

AAC CONNECTICUT QUALIFIED BIODIESEL PRODUCER GRANTS

Bill Status

File No. 81

119

AAC REMEDIATION PROGRAMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Bill Status

REFàFRB

File No. 239

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

File No. 228

121

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

Bill Status

File No. 230

124

AAC LONG ISLAND SOUND AND COASTAL PERMITTING

Bill Status

REF àP&D

File No. 381

127

AAC THE ACCOUNTING SYSTEM FOR REDEEMED BEVERAGE CONTAINERS

Bill Status

Senate Passed

File No. 572

382

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

Bill Status

APPR-JFS

File No. 302

383

AAC A STATE-WIDE WATER USE PLAN

Bill Status

File No. 303

385

AN ACT CREATING INCENTIVES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOLAR ENERGY

Bill Status

File No. 400

5117

AAC CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION RESTRICTIONS HELD BY THE STATE

Bill Status

File No. 95

5119

AAC THE REMEDIATION ACCOUNT FOR DRY CLEANING ESTABLISHMENTS

Bill Status

File No. 269

5120

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

Bill Status

File No. 312

5320

AAC THE ENFORCEMENT OF PROHIBITED ACTIONS CONCERNING CERTAIN INVASIVE PLANTS

Bill Status

Senate Passed

File No. 219

5417

AAC AN OPEN SPACE REGISTRY, THE IDENTIFICATION OF OPEN SPACE FOR ACQUISITION AND THE RECORDING OF CERTAIN OPEN SPACE RESTRICTIONS

Bill Status

File No. 430

5418

AAC INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR MUNICIPAL FACILITIES

Bill Status

File No. 431

5420

AAC THE TRANSITION FROM THE TEN MIL PROGRAM IN 2011

Bill Status

File No. 280

 ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

181

AAC RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

Bill Status

File No. 231

182

AAC REVISIONS TO THE UTILITY STATUTES

Bill Status

File No. 290

203

AA PERMITTING CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATIONS TO BENEFIT FROM CLEAN ENERGY FUND PROGRAMS

Bill Status

File No. 388

462

AAC POWER PLANT SAFETY

Bill Status

REFàPSS

File No. 466

463

AAC FINANCING OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

Bill Status

REFàAPPR

File No. 465

5213

AAC THE SITING COUNCIL

Bill Status

File No. 446

5215

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

Bill Status

House Passed

File No. 216

5365

AAC ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES

Bill Status

File No. 450

5464

AAC MUNICIPAL ENCOURAGEMENT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS

Bill Status

File No. 223

5465

AAC THE DEVELOPMENT OF GREEN JOBS

Bill Status

File No. 455

5505

AAC ELECTRIC RATE RELIEF

Bill Status

REFàAPPR

File No. 443

5507

AAC CONSUMER PROTECTIONS IN THE RETAIL ELECTRICITY MARKET

Bill Status

REFàJUD

File No. 444

 PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

199

AAC THE STATE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Bill Status

File No. 382

226

AAC ZONING ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

Bill Status

Senate Passed

File No. 195

302

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

Bill Status

File No. 297

305

AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN OPTIONAL MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PROGRAM FOR PROPERTY OWNERS WHO PRESERVE AND MAINTAIN STONE WALLS

Bill Status

File No. 393

338

AAC THE PROCESSING OF DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PERMITS

Bill Status

File No. 350

 OTHER COMMITTEES

174

AAC THE STANDARDS OF WATER QUALITY (COMMERCE)

Bill Status

File No. 385

178

AAC ECONOMIC INDICATORS IN ENERGY DECISIONS (COMMERCE)

Bill Status

REFàE&T

File No. 289

365

AN ACT CONCERNING THE POSTING OF PUBLIC AGENCY MINUTES AND LEGAL NOTICES ON THE INTERNET WEB SITE OF A MUNICIPALITY (GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS)

Bill Status

REFàP&D

File No. 473

428

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

Bill Status

File No. 379

453

AAC THE STATE'S REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT (COMMERCE)

Bill Status

File No. 380

5225

AAC SOLAR WORK (GENERAL LAW)

Bill Status

REFàE&T

File No. 179

5208

AAC EXPEDITED PERMITTING FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (COMMERCE)

Bill Status

File No. 419

5374

AN ACT PROMOTING AND SUSTAINING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN CONNECTICUT AND CONCERNING REAL ESTATE LICENSING FOR NONPROFIT HOUSING CORPORATIONS (HOUSING)

Bill Status

File No. 155

5435

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

Bill Status

REF àFRB

File No. 415

5436

AAC BROWNFIELD REMEDIATION LIABILITY (COMMERCE)

Bill Status

REF àENV

File No. 328

Committees continue to meet even after the JF deadlines to act on bills referred from the Floor. Bills referred out to Committee after the JF deadline die unless the Committee acts on them before the earlier of (1) the start of the session on the third regular session day of the chamber that referred the bill or (2) seven calendar days. You can continue to check the Committee meeting agendas using the links below to see which referred bills a Committee plans to take up.

Table 2:  Committee Agendas and JF Reports

Committee

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

Energy and Technology

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

Environment

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

Planning and Development

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

Transportation

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

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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