Progress of Connecticut’s environmental legislation update as of May 28, 2009 | CT Earth Net: A glance at the progress of environmental bills in the waning days of the 2009 state legislative session shows three bills signed by the governor and decisions about others upcoming.
According to CGA records as of 5/27, SB-1020 Pesticide at Schools, SB-1021 Drinking Water Contaminants and HB-5277 Invasive Plants have been signed by the governor.
Bills passed by both chambers are SB-3 Ash Disposal, SB-271 Floodplain Mills (disagreeing action), SB-1078 LIS Commission (disagreeing action), HB-5536 Interest on Sewers (Public Act), HB-6076 Rt. 11 Greenway (Public Act), HB-6463 Regional Planning (Public Act), HB-6496 Green Cleaning Schools (Public Act) and HB-6572 BPA Ban.
Other bills passed by either the state senate or house include several about Land Use (SB-1040 Regional Planning, HB-5254 Expiration of Permits, HB-6588 Land Use Commissioners, HB-6589 Land Use Appeals), Environmental Protections (HB-6501 Heating Oil Tank Removal, HB-6539 Environmental Health, HB-6659 Environment Statutes) and Community Services (SB-384 Regionalism, HB-6585 Regionalism).
Also among bills passed by either the state senate or house are several about Economic Development (HB-5821 Economic Development Projects, HB-6466 Regional Significance Projects), Energy Conservation (HB-6508 Electric Products, HB-6638 Obsolete Statutes), Lake Management (HB-5823 Candlewood Lake Use, HB-5875 Water Quality in Lakes), Renewable Energy (HB-6028 Wind Farm, HB-6636 Clean Energy Fund) and Significant Sites (SB 256 Heritage Areas, HB-6584 CT Heritage Areas).
Legislators casting the most votes about the 369 environmental bills tracked by CT EarthNet include Reps. Hennessy (159 votes), Miner (150 votes), O’Rourke (127 votes), Reed (121 votes), Camillo (119 votes), L. Miller (119 votes) McCluskey (118 votes) and Hornish (117 votes), Sen. Meyer (116 votes) and Rep. Willis (116 votes).
Numerous other bills about environmental management have been passed by one chamber or the other or are referred to committee. To request custom reports or for interactive details about issues, bills, legislators, committees, contact info and voting visit http://ctearthnet.org.