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Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update

January 11, 2013

The 2013 legislative session began January 9, 2013.  This is a "long session" – it will adjourn on June 5, 2013. This is the first edition of Shipman & Goodwin's 2013 Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Group Legislative Update; it provides a list of committee chairs and important session deadlines for committees that have cognizance of matters that typically relate to the environment, energy, and land use.

The next edition of the Update will provide a list of select environment, energy, and land use related bills of interest.  The list will draw mainly, but not exclusively, on bills originating in one of the following four committees of interest:  (1) Environment; (2) Planning and Development; (3) Transportation; and (4) Energy and Technology.  Our goal is to provide a list of select bills that is concise enough to be reviewed at a glance while also providing an easy method to access additional information regarding the specific bills that are of interest to you.

The chairs of the four committees of interest are listed in Table 1: 

Table 1:  House and Senate Chairs 

Committee

House Chair

Senate Chair

Energy and Technology

Rep. Lonnie Reed

Sen. Bob Duff

Environment

Rep. Linda Gentile

Sen. Edward Meyer

Planning and Development

Rep. Jason Rojas

Sen. Steve Cassano

Transportation

Rep. Tony Guerrera

Sen. Andrew Maynard

A complete list of committee members is available on each committee's webpage by following the links in the table above.

Proposed legislation may be introduced by individual legislators ("proposed bills") or by committee ("committee bills" or "raised bills").  The deadline for individual legislators to introduce proposed bills is January 18, 2013.  The deadlines to introduce committee bills or raised bills vary by committee as shown in Table 2 below.  Table 2 also contains the deadline for certain public hearings and for joint favorable reports:

Table 2:  Important Committee Deadlines

Committee

Committee Bill (if no PH on PB)


Raised Bill

Public Hearing on PB

Committee Bill* (if PH on PB)

Joint Favorable Reports

Energy and Technology

2/7/13

2/19/13

3/11/13

3/7/13

3/28/13

Environment

2/15/13

2/20/13

3/17/13

3/15/13

4/3/13

Planning and Development

2/15/13

2/20/13

3/17/13

3/15/13

4/3/13

Transportation

2/15/13

2/20/13

3/10/13

3/8/13

3/27/13

* Adjusted for Group "A" and "B" Committee meeting dates

Adjusted for Group "A" and "B" Committee meeting dates

The Legislative Commissioners' Office's website has a table of all Committee deadlines at http://www.cga.ct.gov/lco/pdfs/2013/2013%20Deadlines%20%20from%20Joint%20Rules.pdf.

Each year, the Office of Legislative Research, upon legislative request, prepares a report of important issues that the General Assembly might consider in the upcoming session.  The report for 2013 is available at http://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/rpt/2012-R-0479.htm.

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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