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Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update

May 26, 2011

Authors: Matthew Ranelli

The legislative session ends in less than two weeks on June 8, 2011. The final week is always one of the busiest times for action in both chambers. To date, the General Assembly has adopted 42 Public Acts. In the two most recent long sessions (2009 and 2007), it passed 255 and 243 Public Acts, respectively. If these numbers are any indication, the next 10 days will be very busy for the House and Senate.

This is also the busiest time of year for amendments to bills. So, if you are tracking specific bills, now is the time to search the legislative database to see what amendments have been filed related to those bills. 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. The drafting process continues through the final session day so new amendments may appear at any time. However, the reprinting process for amended bills changes for the final four days of the session because of the pace of action. Bills amended after June 4 are not required to be reprinted (although they may be) before final action. You may have to piece together the final language using the latest file copy and any adopted amendments.

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

Committee of Origin

Bill No.

Title

Bill Status Report

File Number or Last Action
(as of 5/25/11)

ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

Environment

205

AAC THE RETURN OF MERCURY THERMOSTATS

Bill Status

File No. 363
Sen. Passed as Amended by Senate A

Environment

212

AA SIMPLIFYING CERTAIN REPORTING REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE BOTTLE BILL

Bill Status

File No. 441

Environment

227

AAC REMEDIATION STANDARDS UNDER A CONSENT ORDER

Bill Status

File No. 328

Environment

830

AA PROHIBITING THE USE OF CERTAIN OUTDOOR WOOD-BURNING FURNACES

Bill Status

File No. 691

Environment

835

AAC THE STRUCTURES AND DREDGING PERMIT PROCESS

Bill Status

File No. 368
Senate passed

Environment

1115

AAC THE REGULATION OF CERTAIN LOW EMISSION VEHICLES, IONIZING RADIATION AND STREAM CHANNEL ENCROACHMENT LINES BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Bill Status

File No. 455

Environment

5068

AA CREATING A REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION FOR THE APPROVAL OF AN INLAND WETLANDS PERMIT FOR A DRY HYDRANT

Bill Status

File No. 228

Environment

5508

AAC THE GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Bill Status

File No. 401

Environment

5518

AA ESTABLISHING A STATE-WIDE WATER USE PLAN

Bill Status

File No. 346

Environment

5526

AA REQUIRING A PERMIT FOR CERTAIN COMMERCIAL PROJECTS THAT INVOLVE QUARRYING

Bill Status

File No. 472

Environment

6262

AAC THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT ACCOUNT

Bill Status

File No. 706

Environment

6263

AAC THE TRANSITION FROM THE TEN MILL PROGRAM

Bill Status

File No. 351

Environment

6507

AAC WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION APPLICATIONS

Bill Status

File No. 491

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

Energy and Technology

1

AAC CONNECTICUT'S ENERGY FUTURE

Bill Status

File No. 435

Energy and Technology

102

AAC RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENT FUND

Bill Status

File No. 438

Energy and Technology

1140

AAC THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITY CONTROL'S JURISDICTION REGARDING HOLDING COMPANIES

Bill Status

File No. 458

Energy and Technology

1141

AAC NET METERING

Bill Status

File No. 428

Energy and Technology

1142

AAC POWER PLANT SAFETY

Bill Status

File No. 459

Energy and Technology

1176

AAC ELECTRIC RATE RELIEF

Bill Status

File No. 464

Energy and Technology

5958

AAC ENERGY UPGRADES, WEATHERIZATION AND FUEL ASSISTANCE FOR RESIDENTIAL HOMES AND MUNICIPAL AND STATE BUILDINGS

Bill Status

File No. 478

Energy and Technology

6249

AA REQUIRING THE ADOPTION OF REGULATIONS FOR THE SITING OF WIND PROJECTS

Bill Status

File No. 36
Hs. Passed as Amended by House A

Energy and Technology

6250

AAC THE SITING COUNCIL

Bill Status

File No. 481

Energy and Technology

6459

AAC RENEWABLE RESOURCE GENERATION

Bill Status

File No. 489

Energy and Technology

6543

AAC ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE

Bill Status

File No. 325

Energy and Technology

6544

AAC ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Bill Status

File No. 343

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Planning and Development

43

AAC MUNICIPAL LIABILITY FOR LAND OPENED TO THE PUBLIC FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES (see HB 6557)

Bill Status

File No. 498
SEN à JUD

Planning and Development

485

AA PERMITTING MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES TO SERVE AS CITATION HEARING OFFICERS

Bill Status

File No. 443

Planning and Development

487

AA PROHIBITING LOCAL BUILDING STANDARDS

Bill Status

File No. 661

Planning and Development

499

AAC FUNDING FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITIES

Bill Status

File No. 445

Planning and Development

686

AAC APPLICATIONS TO THE STATE TRAFFIC COMMISSION AND A STUDY OF LAND USE PERMITTING PROCEDURES

Bill Status

File No. 204

Planning and Development

859

AA EXTENDING THE TIME OF EXPIRATION OF CERTAIN LAND USE PERMITS

Bill Status

P.A. No. 11-5

Planning and Development

860

AAC BONDS AND OTHER SURETY FOR APPROVED SITE PLANS AND SUBDIVISIONS

Bill Status

File No. 504


 

Planning and Development

862

AAC LIABILITY OF ZONING ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

Bill Status

File No. 161


 

Planning and Development

869

AAC THE TIME IN WHICH A REGULATED ACTIVITY MUST BE CONDUCTED UNDER A PERMIT ISSUED BY AN INLAND WETLANDS COMMISSION

Bill Status

File No. 163
Sen. Passed as Amended by Senate A

Planning and Development

5178

AA AUTHORIZING NOTICE OF ZONE CHANGES TO BE SENT BY ELECTRONIC MAIL

Bill Status

File No. 672
Hs. Passed

Planning and Development

5697

AAC CHANGES TO THE MUNICIPAL ENERGY COOPERATIVE STATUTES

Bill Status

File No. 476

Planning and Development

5780

AAC INTERLOCAL AGREEMENTS (see HB 6108 and HB 6294)

Bill Status

File No. 823
House passed


 

Planning and Development

5921

AA AUTHORIZING THE CREATION OF LAND BANKS

Bill Status

File No. 477


 

Planning and Development

6100

AAC REGIONAL PROPERTY TAX REVENUE SHARING

Bill Status

File No. 382

OTHER COMMITTEES

General Law

866

AA ESTABLISHING A REAL ESTATE BUYER'S TAX FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUNDING OPEN SPACE PURCHASES AND OTHER PROJECTS BY MUNICIPALITIES

Bill Status

File No. 602
Sen. Passed as Amended by Senate A

Commerce

1019

AA EXPEDITING THE STATE PERMITTING PROCESS

Bill Status

File No. 845

Commerce

1020

AAC WATER RESOURCES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Bill Status

File No. 168

Judiciary

1030

AAC AN APPEAL OF A DECISION OF A ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

Bill Status

File No. 693

Finance Revenue & Bonding

1157

AAC  THE RESTORATION OF THE ENERGY CONSERVATION AND LOAD MANAGEMENT FUND

Bill Status

File No. 613
Sen. Passed as Amended by Senate A

Public Health

1203

AAC WATER PROTECTION

Bill Status

File No. 527

Housing

6052

AAC HOUSING FOR THE HOMELESS

Bill Status

File No. 786

Judiciary

6341

AAC THE STATUTE OF REPOSE FOR ASBESTOS-RELATED PRODUCT LIABILITY CLAIMS

Bill Status

File No. 707

Commerce

6400

AAC LICENSURE OF STORMWATER PROFESSIONALS

Bill Status

File No. 196

Commerce

6526

AAC BROWNFIELD REMEDIATION AND DEVELOPMENT AS AN ECONOMIC DRIVER

Bill Status

File No. 469

Judiciary

6557

AAC LIABILITY FOR THE RECREATIONAL USE OF LANDS

Bill Status

File No. 709

* JF – Joint Favorable; JFS – Joint Favorable Substitute; and FL – Floor (of House or Senate).

If you have any questions regarding this newsletter or would like more detailed information, please contact Matt Ranelli at (860) 251-5748 or mranelli@goodwin.com. You can also contact any member of the Real Estate, Environmental 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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