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2012 CONNECTICUT LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

CCE works to advance legislation that will protect our natural environment and public health, while working to oppose legislation that will have an adverse impact on our shared environment. The Connecticut General Assembly is the legislative branch of State Government. Made up of the House of Representatives (151 members) and the Senate (36 members), it enacts laws dealing with the collection and allocation of funds, public welfare, the environment, education, public works, civil and criminal law and other matters. Regular sessions of the Connecticut General Assembly are held from January to June in odd-numbered years, and from February to May in even-numbered years.

Below is a list of proposed legislation that CCE is working to advance or oppose in the 2012 State of Connecticut Legislative Session.

 

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA ITEMS:

Establishing a Sewage "Right to Know" Law for Connecticut (SB 88)

Connecticut’s sewage infrastructure is aging and failing. Outdated and dilapidated sewage systems result in the discharge of billions of gallons of raw or partially treated sewage into local waterways throughout the state every year, contaminating our water and jeopardizing public health. CCE supports the passage of a Sewage Right to Know law to notify the public when dangerous sewage overflows occur.
CCE’s Memo of Support on Establishing a Sewage Right to Know Law in Connecticut
CCE Testimony to the Environment Committee on Sewage Right to Know

Protecting Connecticut’s K-8 School Ground Pesticide Ban (HB 5155)

In 2010, Connecticut enacted legislation banning the use of harmful lawn care pesticides on K-8 school ground property. CCE continues to defend this important legislation against efforts to rollback this safeguard on children’s health statewide.
CCE’s Memo of Opposition on Rolling Back Connecticut’s School Ground Pesticide Ban

Establishing a Statewide Pharmaceutical Disposal Program (SB 92)

Pharmaceutical drug contamination in our groundwater, rivers, estuaries, and bays is an emerging issue in Connecticut. Flushing unwanted medication creates a wide range of potential adverse effects on our surface waters, wildlife, and human health. CCE supports the adoption of a statewide pharmaceutical disposal program to provide the public with a safe and sustainable alternative to flushing unused and expired pharmaceutical drugs.
CCE’s Memo of Support on Establishing a Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Program for Connecticut
CCE Testimony to the Environment Committee on Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal

Overturning the State’s Pesticide Preemption Law (HB 5121)

Long term exposure to lawn care pesticides can adversely affect the neurological, respiratory, immune, and endocrine systems in humans and wildlife. Current State law prohibits municipalities from passing legislation aimed at protecting the health of their residents by enacting stronger restrictions on pesticide use than those already in place at the state level. CCE supports municipality’s right to take steps to protect their communities by overturning existing pesticide preemption laws.
CCE’s Memo of Support on Overturning the State’s Pesticide Preemption Law

Maintaining Trash-to-Energy as a Class II Renewable Resource Under Connecticut’s RPS (HB5118)

Connecticut’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) was created to promote clean energy technologies and wean the state off of dirty fuel sources. Classifying garbage as a Class I renewable resource contradicts Connecticut’s clean energy and solid waste reduction goals. CCE strongly encourages the State of Connecticut to focus available resources on energy efficiency and true renewable technologies, such as solar and wind, and supports a definition of renewable energy that does not include garbage incineration
CCE’s Memo of Opposition to the Reclassification of Trash-to-Energy Facilities as Class I Renewable Energy Sources
CCE Testimony to the Environment Committee on Reclassifying Trash-to-Energy Facilities as Class I Renewable Energy Resources

Restricting the Application of Lawn Care Fertilizers Containing Excess Phosphate (SB 440)

Excess phosphorus is a major cause of water quality impairment in Connecticut and the Long Island Sound. Continued phosphorus loading from unregulated lawn care fertilizers threatens the health of our valued water bodies, multi-billion dollar fishing industry, recreational opportunities, and quality of life. CCE supports limiting the use of excess phosphorus in lawn care fertilizers in Connecticut.
CCE’s Memo of Support for Restricting the Use of Excess Phosphorus in Lawn Care Fertilizers

Updated by lburch 5/9/12