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Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update

February 25, 2013

The deadline for Raised Bills (i.e., deadline for committee requests to fully draft bills that are not based on Proposed Bills) has passed.  The Committee Bill deadline (i.e., deadline for committees to request fully drafted versions of existing Proposed Bills) is coming up in early March for most of the committees.  As a result, within the next few weeks, we will know the pool of fully drafted bills (either Committee or Raised) for this session.  That pool of bills will then be further narrowed at the Joint Favorable Report deadline, around the first week of April.

While that is still a lot of time, the coming weeks are an important and busy time for committees with bill deadlines, public hearings, and joint favorable report deadlines.  If a bill you are tracking has not yet had a public hearing, you can check the bill status page on the General Assembly's website to see if a hearing date has been assigned.  If you are not tracking a particular bill and just want to see what is on the agenda for various public hearings, you can either (1) check the list of public hearings in the daily Bulletin or (2) check the public hearing agendas posted on each committee's webpage.

Table 1 contains a cumulative list of select bills that may be of interest regarding environmental, energy, and land use matters and the most recent action on each bill.  For more information on each bill select the "Bill Status" link.  Because of the recent raised bill deadline, there are a number of bills that committees have voted to draft but for which the draft is not yet available; those bills will be added to the next update.

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

Committee of Origin

Bill No.


Title

Bill Status Report

Last Action
(as of 2/22/13)

ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

Environment

16

AA REQUIRING THE LABELING OF FOOD AND DRINK PRODUCTS THAT ARE PACKAGED IN MATERIALS THAT CONTAIN BISPHENOL-A

Bill Status

Ref. → Joint Committee ENV

Environment

550

AAC INTERVENTION IN PERMIT PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT OF 1971

Bill Status

Ref. → PD

Environment

564

AAC MERCURY EMISSIONS AT CERTAIN POWER PLANTS

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  01/30

Environment

803

AAC AQUACULTURE JOB GROWTH

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/15

Environment

806

AAC THE MUNICIPAL PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS FOR AGRICULTURAL LAND PRESERVATION

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/15

Environment

916

AA AUTHORIZING CIVIL PENALTIES FOR THE FAULTY, CARELESS OR NEGLIGENT APPLICATION OF PESTICIDES

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/25

Environment

5146

AAC OPEN SPACE REQUIRED TO BE SET ASIDE BY LAND DEVELOPERS

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/13

Environment

5285

AAC THE MAINTENANCE OF TREES BY HOMEOWNERS

Bill Status

Ref. → JUD

Environment

5286

AAC THE REDEMPTION OF BOTTLES AT BOTTLE REDEMPTION CENTERS

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  01/30

Environment

5308

AAC CERTAIN APPLICATIONS FOR REIMBURSEMENT FROM THE UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK PETROLEUM CLEAN-UP PROGRAM

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  01/30

Environment

5335

AA BANNING THE RECEIPT OF HAZARDOUS FRACKING BY-PRODUCTS IN THE STATE

Bill Status

Vote to Draft

Environment

5477

AA PROVIDING STORMWATER AUTHORITIES WITH CERTAIN CORPORATE POWERS

Bill Status

Ref. → FIN

Environment

5480

AA REQUIRING GROUNDWATER TESTING AND THE DISCLOSURE OF PESTICIDE USE AT STATE-OWNED AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FIELDS

Bill Status

Vote to Draft

Environment

5800

AAC THE RATE OF REIMBURSEMENT TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR PHOSPHOROUS REMOVAL AT SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS

Bill Status

Ref. → FIN

Environment

5804

AA REQUIRING THE REGULATION OF RUNNING BAMBOO

Bill Status

Ref. → ENV

Environment

5825

AA PROVIDING FOR RECIPROCAL LICENSES FOR LICENSED ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS

Bill Status

Vote to Draft

Environment

6316

AAC THE STATE PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS FOR AGRICULTURAL LAND PRESERVATION

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/15

Environment

6318

AAC THE CULTIVATION OF SEAWEED

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/15

Environment

6437

AAC A MATTRESS STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM

Bill Status

Environment

6439

AAC THE DISPOSAL AND COLLECTION OF UNUSED MEDICATION

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/25

Environment

6440

AAC MUNICIPALITIES AND THE APPLICATION OF LAWN CARE PESTICIDES

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/25

Environment

6441

AAC THE DAM SAFETY PROGRAM

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/25



 

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

Energy and Technology

146

AAC PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

203

AAC PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

Bill Status

Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing

Energy and Technology

250

AA REQUIRING APPLICANTS OF ELECTRIC GENERATION, TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES TO PERFORM ENERGY ANALYSES

Bill Status

Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing

Energy and Technology

279

AAC THE ZERO EMISSION RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDIT PROGRAM

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

807

AAC WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND CONSERVATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, MUNICIPAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND UNPAID UTILITY ACCOUNTS AT MULTI-FAMILY DWELLINGS

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/07

Energy and Technology

839

AAC STATUTORY CHANGES TO ADVANCE CONNECTICUT’S ENERGY POLICIES

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

944

AA ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO ALLOW FOR MUNICIPAL AGGREGATION

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

946

AAC CONTRACT EXTENSIONS FOR PROJECT 150 PROJECTS

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

949

AA ESTABLISHING COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR CLEAN ENERGY PROJECTS

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

5259

AAC  VIRTUAL NET METERING QUALIFICATIONS

(See also SB 83)

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

5260

AAC NEIGHBORHOOD VIRTUAL NET METERING

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

5330

AAC HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

5407

AA ELIMINATING THE FUNDING CAP ON VIRTUAL NET METERING

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

5408

AAC VIRTUAL NET METERING

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

5474

AA EXEMPTING FROM PROPERTY TAX CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES FOR MUNICIPAL USE

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

5475

AN ACT EXTENDING RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD DEADLINES

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

5587

AAC SUBMETERING AT APARTMENT BUILDINGS AND CONDOMINIUMS

Bill Status

Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing

Energy and Technology

5588

AAC LOW-INTEREST LOAN PROGRAMS TO REPLACE RESIDENTIAL OIL BOILERS, BURNERS AND FURNACES

Bill Status

Ref. → APP

Energy and Technology

5589

AA ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM FOR NATURAL GAS TRANSPORTATION

Bill Status

Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing

Energy and Technology

5591

AAC ON-BILL FINANCING FOR ENERGY-RELATED TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES

Bill Status

Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing

Energy and Technology

6087

AAC MUNICIPAL BUILDING PERMIT FEES FOR CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS

Bill Status

Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing

Energy and Technology

6285

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM FOR MUNICIPAL INSTALLATION OF CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

6304

AAC PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS AND BUILDING PERMIT FEES FOR CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

6360

AAC COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY STRATEGY

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

6471

AAC TREE TRIMMING BY UTILITIES

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

Energy and Technology

6472

AAC THE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM

Bill Status

Ref. → ET

 

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Planning and Development

2

AAC SMART GROWTH AND JOB CREATION

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/13

Planning and Development

24

AAC THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/19

Planning and Development

143

AAC THE PUBLICATION OF NOTICE IN NEWSPAPERS

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/01

Planning and Development

222

AAC PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED ON INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/13

Planning and Development

295

AAC MUNICIPAL COLLECTION OF THE MARIJUANA AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES TAX

Bill Status

Vote to Draft

Planning and Development

352

AAC MUNICIPAL SEWERAGE SYSTEMS

Bill Status

Public Hearing

2/27

Planning and Development

459

AAC LOCAL CONTROL OF SHORELINE PRESERVATION

Bill Status

Vote to Draft

Planning and Development

460

AAC LOCAL APPLICATIONS FOR SEAWALL AND COASTAL PROTECTION MEASURES

Bill Status

Vote to Draft

Planning and Development

621

AAC INCENTIVES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF IN-LAW APARTMENTS

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/13

Planning and Development

692

AAC COMPETITIVE BIDDING FOR MUNICIPALITIES

Bill Status

Vote to Draft

Planning and Development

694

AAC ALTERNATE MEMBERS OF ZONING BOARDS OF APPEALS

Bill Status

Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing

Planning and Development

705

AA EXPANDING THE POWERS OF MUNICIPAL STORMWATER AUTHORITIES

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/13

Planning and Development

706

AAC GOVERNANCE BOARDS OF SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICTS

Bill Status

Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing

Planning and Development

783

AAC UNDERUTILIZED DEVELOPMENT ZONES

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/13

Planning and Development

814

AAC INTERVENTION IN PERMIT PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT OF 1971 (See also SB 550)

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/20

Planning and Development

817

AA ESTABLISHING A PROPERTY TAX PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE THE PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC BARNS

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/20

Planning and Development

5098

AA REQUIRING THE POSTING OF ASSIGNED MUNICIPAL LIENS

Bill Status

Vote to Draft

Planning and Development

5242

AA EXPANDING FEE IN LIEU OF OPEN SPACE PROGRAMS

Bill Status

Vote to Draft

Planning and Development

5530

AA PERMITTING THE POSTING OF LEGAL NOTICES ON MUNICIPAL WEB SITES
(See also SB 902)

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/01

Planning and Development

5532

AAC THE PUBLICATION OF LEGAL NOTICES

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/01

Planning and Development

5718

AAC MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE TAX ABATEMENTS TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

Bill Status

Vote to Draft

Planning and Development

5725

AAC THE STATE-WIDE PHOSPHOROUS REDUCTION PLAN

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/13

Planning and Development

5966

AA AUTHORIZING FEES IN LIEU OF SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/13

Planning and Development

5968

AA CLARIFYING THE STATE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/13

Planning and Development

5969

AA AUTHORIZING TAX ABATEMENTS IN EXCHANGE FOR THE CREATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS

Bill Status

Ref. → FIN

Planning and Development

6235

AAC BLIGHT VIOLATIONS

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  02/13

Planning and Development

6236

AAC MUNICIPAL FEES FOR FINALIZING OPEN BUILDING PERMITS

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  03/01

Planning and Development

6326

AAC PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS FOR SOLAR THERMAL RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE INSTALLATIONS  (See also HB 6087)

Bill Status

Ref. → PD

Planning and Development

6481

AAC NON-CONFORMING STRUCTURES

Bill Status

Public Hearing:  03/01

 

OTHER COMMITTEES

Commerce

6174

AAC REVISIONS TO THE STATE'S BROWNFIELDS REMEDIATION AND DEVELOPMENT STATUTES

Bill Status

Vote to Draft

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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