Each legislative session, CTLCV works with other environmental groups, advocates, and stakeholders to identify key priorities and track legislation. We issue action alerts to lawmakers and our members to make the pro-environment position clear ahead of votes, encourage lawmakers to become champions for the environment, and track their votes in committees and on the floor.
2018 Legislative Session
Environmental concerns fared better this year than last year, and CTLCV helped score major wins. Perhaps our biggest victory came when we secured legislation to place a Constitutional Amendment referendum on the ballot to protect public lands.
Though the legislature refused to adopt a State Water Plan, the Governor signed an executive order to ensure our water is a public trust.
Additionally, two significant energy bills passed, scoring significant wins for our climate change goals, though not without a cost. They contained an industry-led attack on residential solar that CTLCV is committed to fighting against through the next session and beyond.
2017 Legislative Session
Much of our efforts in 2017 involved holding the line on attacks against the environment and building support among lawmakers for new initiatives. Advocates were strong and unified in blocking bills that would have weakened our state’s environmental protections or undercut investments in renewable energy. However, almost ALL major initiatives to make progress on various environmental programs went down, even the ones with strong bipartisan support.
2016 Legislative Session
Two major battles that have been building for several years played out in full force at the Capitol in 2016: control of our public water supply and protection of our state’s open space lands. This culminated in two hotly debated bills, Senate Bill 422 and Senate Joint Resolution 36. Throngs of citizens came to the State Capitol—many for the first time—fighting for these most basic environmental needs.
The highly controversial budget negotiations made things especially unpredictable. Important core funding for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Community Investment Act, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Green Bank, Soil & Water Conservation Districts, and the Council on Environmental Quality were tossed back and forth between legislative leaders and the Governor like hot potatoes in competing budget proposals.