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2015 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. 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 2015 State of Connecticut Legislative Session.

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA ITEMS:

Expanding Connecticut's Child-Safe Playing Fields Law

In 2007, Connecticut enacted legislation banning the use of harmful lawn care pesticides on K-8 school property and day care facilities. CCE is working this year to expand this important children's health protection by prohibiting toxic pesticides on municipal and state owned lawns and athletic fields and by requiring enhanced notification of any pesticide application on public school property.
CCE's Memo of Support on Requiring Enhanced Notification of Pesticide Applications on Public School Property
CCE's Memo of Support on Prohibiting Pesticides on Municipal Greens and Athletic Fields
CCE's Memo of Support on Prohibiting Pesticides on State Owned Playgrounds and Athletic Fields

Reducing Pollution from Single-Use Shopping Bags (SB 349)

Single-use plastic and paper bags are a wasteful consumer habit that often ends up polluting our waterways, endangering marine life, and clogging gutters and sewers. Every year, Connecticut uses approximately 400 million plastic bags. CCE is advocating for a 10 cent fee on all disposable paper and plastic bags to reduce litter and promote reusable bag use.
CCE's Memo of Support on Reducing Disposable Bag Pollution in Connecticut

Establishing a Statewide Tire Stewardship Program for Connecticut (SB 869)

The rubber used in manufacturing truck and automobile tires can contain a wide range of known carcinogens, heavy metals and volatile organic compounds which can contaminate water resources and pose a threat to human health. CCE is working to support legislation aimed at setting up a producer-funded stewardship program that ensures scrap tires are managed in a way that is consistent with good recycling practices and is protective of human health.
CCE's Memo of Support on Establishing a Statewide Tire Stewardship Program

Eliminating Plastic Microbeads from Personal Care Products (HB 5286)

Plastic microbeads are a popular new ingredient used in over 100 personal care products on the market today. Scientists have found these tiny plastic particles in every ocean, bay, gulf, and estuary in the world. CCE is working to protect Long Island Sound by passing legislation this year that will prohibit the sale or manufacture of any personal care product containing plastic microbeads in Connecticut.
CCE's Memo of Support on Prohibiting the Sale of Personal Care Products Containing Plastic Microbeads

Providing Assistance and Training for Natural Grass Playing Fields (HB 5706)

Municipalities can benefit from effective, non-toxic pest management and significant long-term financial savings by eliminating chemical lawn care pesticides on school grounds and public green spaces. CCE is working to establish a grant program that will assist municipalities with the costs related to training facilities staff and purchasing the equipment needed to successfully implement a non-toxic lawn care program.
CCE's Memo of Support on Creating a Municipal Grant Program for Maintaining Natural Grass Athletic Fields

Banning Triphosphate Flame Retardants in Children's Products (HB 6806)

The triphosphate family of chemicals is 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

Establishing a Long Island Sound Blue Plan and Inventory (HB 6839)

Long Island Sound is one of Connecticut's most valuable natural resources, and an economic driver for our entire region. Unfortunately, Connecticut has no spatial guidance plans over Long Island Sound. CCE is working to establish a LIS Blue Plan and resource use inventory to ensure that the environmental, cultural, and economic interests of the Long Island Sound community are managed in a manner that is consistent with the values and current uses of the Long Island Sound Community.
CCE's Memo of Support on Establishing a Long Island Sound Blue Plan


Updated by lburch 4/30/15