Below is a list of important environmental initiatives that were under discussion at the state legislature this session.
CTLCV tracked this legislation for our 2014 Environmental Scorecard. We urged legislators to consider a pro-environment position when they cast their votes. For more information about the issues or bills please follow the link on both the bill number and issue title.
SB 70 Permanent Protection of State Conservation Lands
This bill aims to permanently protect state lands that are valuable for conservation, agricultural and recreational purposes through the use of conservation restrictions, as defined in the general statutes.
SB 237 Ban Toxic Fracking Waste
This bill, as amended by the Senate, will create a three year moratorium on the importation of hydraulic fracking waste and all products containing this waste. The moratorium will be in effect until DEEP adopts regulations to control fracking waste as hazardous waste.
HB 5424 State Water Plan
This bill would direct the Water Planning Council to engage in a 3 year process for writing a comprehensive statewide water plan.
SB 46 Pesticides
This bill will extend the current ban from K-8 to include the protection of high-school students from exposure to toxic pesticides on lawns and playing fields.
HB 5370 Funding State Parks and Forests
This bill would develop a new funding mechanism to return a portion of State Park Admissions and facility rental revenues back into the parks.
SB 126 Children's Exposure to Chemicals
This bill identifies chemicals of high concern to children and to make recommendations to the legislature every two years on ways to reduce exposure.
SB 312 Long Island Sound Inventory and Blue Plan
This bill directs an advisory committee to inventory the uses and natural resources of Long Island Sound, and to develop a plan that ensures new uses are compatible with habitats and traditional uses.
HB 5410 Reduce Methane Leakage
This bill would limit the amount of lost and unaccounted for gas that a natural gas distribution company may recover from ratepayers to incentivize them to fix leaks in the system.
SB 66 Outdoor Wood-Burning Furnaces
This bill would maintain certain requirements concerning the installation and use of outdoor wood-burning furnaces, in light of expected federal rules on outdoor wood-burning furnaces, and to require owners to burn only wood that is not chemically treated.
HB 5408 Tree Trimming
This bill would place the burden of proof on the utility companies for the cutting and destruction of trees or shrubs in the State of Connecticut.
HB 5358 Regulation Repeal
This bill authorizes the Regulation Review Committee to initiate the repeal of regulations it deems “obsolete or burdensome” without full action by the legislature.
SB 405 Eliminate Land Use Public Hearings
This bill would eliminate the ability of a planning
commission to hold public hearings on subdivisions except in the instances where the commission has already determined that the application violates the subdivision regulations.
HB 5431 Suspension of Penalties
This bill would make it much more difficult for any state agency to enforce laws for which it is responsible. It encourages violators to demand that penalties be waived and to challenge those that are not waived. Agencies, especially DEEP, are already struggling to meet enforcement standards under current law. This law gives violators reason to be confident that penalties can be avoided. It is a step in the wrong direction.