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2013 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 2013 State of Connecticut Legislative Session.

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA ITEMS:

Establishing a Statewide Pharmaceutical Disposal Program (HB 6439)

Pharmaceutical drug contamination in our groundwater, rivers, estuaries, and bays is an emerging issue in Connecticut. Hospitals and long-term care facilities have been identified as a significant contributor to the problem, due to the high volume of prescription drugs they handle. CCE supports the statewide prohibition of flushing unused medications at health care facilities throughout Connecticut to our protect water resources, wildlife, and public health.
CCE’s Memo of Support on Establishing a Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Program for Connecticut

Expanding Connecticut's School Ground Pesticide Ban (HB 6385)

In 2007, Connecticut enacted legislation banning the use of harmful lawn care pesticides on K-8 school ground property. CCE is working this year to expand this important children's health protection by prohibiting toxic pesticides on all school grounds, public and private.
CCE's Memo of Support on Expanding Connecticut's School Ground Pesticide Ban

Banning Triphosphate Flame Retardants in Children's Products (HB 6332)

The triphosphate family of chemicals are considered chemicals of high concern due to their potential for long-range transport, persistence, toxicity, and human exposure. CCE supports banning the use of triphosphate flame retardants in products manufactured for children under the age of twelve.
CCE's Memo of Support on Banning Toxic Flame Retardants in Children's Products

Allowing Certain Microbial and Biochemical Pesticides on School Playing Fields (SB 917)

Microbial and biochemical pest control products are non-toxic to humans and have been demonstrated to effectively treat grubs and weeds when used on short-grass playing fields. CCE supports augmenting Connecticut's natural turf care policy to allow the use of non-toxic microbes and biochemical grub control products on school grounds.
CCE's Memo of Support on Allowing Microbial and Biochemical Pest Control Products on School Grounds

Updated by lburch 3/24/13