CTLCV helped score several important victories for the environment in 2015, including halting the sale of microbeads, curbing the use of toxic chemicals on playgrounds, and protecting the Long Island Sound.
But there were also setbacks. A Special Session undid the progress we made on land conveyance, and the Community Investment Act lost half their funding.
Still, our efforts secured important wins even if our work continues into the coming year.
This bill was added to the budget implementer to halt the sale of microbeads in Connecticut. Microbeads are non-biodegradable and can cause serious damage to water and the animals that live there. (Reference HB 5286)
This bill reduces the use of pesticides on municipal playgrounds. (Reference SB 366)
Long Island Sound Blue Plan
This was an effort that took 2 years to protect the Long Island Sound as a resource. (Reference HB 6839)
We managed to persuade lawmakers to eliminate the bad sections of the annual Land Conveyance bill. But, during Special Session everything was reopened for discussion, and we were still able to remove the unwanted sections. (Reference HB 6998)
A bill that would give incentives to homeowners who invest in solar energy. (Reference HB 6838)
Budget (Reference HB 7061)
Below is a list of environmental bills CTLCV tracked during the 2015 Legislative Session.
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2015 Legislative Watchlist (Senate)
347 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PERCENTAGE OF STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS THAT MAY BE USED TO PURCHASE OPEN SPACE UNDER THE OPEN SPACE AND WATERSHED LAND ACQUISITION PROGRAM. (Supported- Passed)
349 AN ACT CONCERNING SINGLE-USE CARRYOUT PLASTIC AND PAPER BAGS AND THE USE OF REUSABLE BAGS. (Supported- Failed)
366 AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE OF PESTICIDE APPLICATIONS AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND AUTHORIZING THE USE OF CERTAIN MICROBIALS. (Supported- Passed in Budget Implementer in Special Session)
941 AN ACT DELAYING IMPLEMENTATION OF CERTAIN STANDARDS AND SAMPLING REQUIREMENTS UPON THE DETECTION OF POLLUTANTS CAUSING CONTAMINATION OF SOIL, GROUNDWATER OR PUBLIC OR PRIVATE DRINKING WATER WELLS. (Opposed- Failed)
1063 AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPLICATION OF PESTICIDES ON SCHOOL GROUNDS AND CERTAIN PUBLIC SPACES, AUTHORIZING THE USE OF CERTAIN MICROBIALS. (Supported- Failed)
2015 Legislative Watchlist (House)
5286 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE IMPORT AND SALE OF COSMETICS THAT CONTAIN MICROBEADS. (Supported- Passed in Budget Implementer in Special Session)
5653 AN ACT CONCERNING CHEMICALS OF HIGH CONCERN FOR CHILDREN. (Supported- Failed)
6035 AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPLICATION OF PESTICIDES AT STATE FACILITIES AND AUTHORIZING THE USE OF CERTAIN MICROBIALS. (Supported- Failed)
6838 AN ACT CONCERNING THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ACCESS TO RESIDENTIAL RENEWABLE ENERGY. (Supported - Passed)
6839 AN ACT CONCERNING A LONG ISLAND SOUND BLUE PLAN AND RESOURCE AND USE INVENTORY. (Supported - Passed)
6857 AN ACT PROTECTING TRANSPORTATION FUNDING. (Supported- Failed)
6897 AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPLICATION OF PESTICIDES AT STATE-OPERATED PARKS, ATHLETIC FIELDS AND PLAYGROUNDS. (Supported- Failed)
6998 AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN PARCELS OF STATE LAND. (Opposed to sections 3, 13, and 14- Failed, Special session pending)
7009 AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTRIC AND ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLES. (Supported- Failed)
7055 AN ACT CONCERNING CONNECTICUT FIRST. (Opposed to sections 11-14- Failed)
7061 AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2017, AND MAKING APPROPRIATIONS THEREFOR, AND OTHER PROVISIONS RELATED TO REVENUE, DEFICIENCY APPROPRIATIONS AND TAX FAIRNESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (a full write-up of budget will be determined after the budget implementers)