Legislation

Governor Rell signs permitting reform bill

Jun 9th, 2010 | By

A dispatch from Governor Rell’s office reads: Governor M. Jodi Rell hassigned into law a bill she proposed that will reform the state’s permitting process and expedite job creation by breaking through bureaucratic backlogs without undermining environmental protections. House Bill 5208, An Act Concerning Expedited Permitting for Economic Development, resulted from a task force Governor

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Lamont wants to restore Conn. cities to their heyday

Jun 9th, 2010 | By

“Connecticut was at its greatest when our cities were some of the most prosperous cities in the country,” Lamont said. Yet, he said, he feels the state’s cities and suburbs shouldn’t have to compete with one another, and, if given a “level playing field,” cities can again provide plenty of opportunities for growth.



Rell signs green technology education bill

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has signed legislation that requires the state’s public colleges, universities, community-technical colleges and vocational-technical high schools to coordinate their development of a “green technology” curriculum. “In recent years, we have made great strides at Connecticut’s colleges and universities – changing not only the physical look of our schools but changing what’s

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DEP: Governor Rell Commends Open Space Advocates

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

As part of the nationwide celebration of National Trails Day, which was Saturday, June 5, Gov. M. Jodi Rell commended 13 individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways — linear open space in Connecticut. Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette joined Connecticut Greenways

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Energy bill was welfare fantasy

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

Perhaps worst of all, the legislation would have turned Connecticut's electricity system into a welfare agency, requiring electricity suppliers to offer discounted rates to low-income customers, the cost being recovered through higher rates for everyone else, as if electricity buyers have some special obligation to the poor and as if welfare costs also should be

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Assembly should override Rell’s veto of the energy bill: Editorial

Jun 5th, 2010 | By

We believe Gov. M. Jodi Rell made a mistake last month when she vetoed Senate Bill 493, legislation that sought to create a 15 percent reduction in Connecticut’s electric rates by 2012 and to serve as a catalyst for green job growth in the state. We call on the General Assembly to override Rell’s veto

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Bill puts DEP in charge of landfill siting Bulletin

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed a bill this week that local leaders think will make it harder to create an ash landfill in Franklin, although the state’s trash authority hasn’t given up on the project.



CCAG urging citizens to ask their senators to override Rell’s energy bill veto

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

Jodi Rell ignored you. She vetoed PA 10-97 (Senate Bill 493), our energy reform legislation. She turned a deaf ear to your thousands of calls, e-mails, faxes and letters calling for energy reform and sided with power producers, the utilities and Wall Street speculators who have driven our electricity prices to the second highest in

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State Rep. Schofield nominated for re-election to Connecticut General Assembly

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

Her four years in office have been characterized by results that have benefited Conn. residents and Simsbury residents. She’s taken tough stands on budget issues and has been a leading voice for fiscal prudence. She got legislation passed to improve health insurance options for individuals and businesses. … She got legislation passed to expand and

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Not Dead, Only Resting? The Climate Bill

May 28th, 2010 | By

A popular parlor game in Washington is trying to figure out whether the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has helped or hurt chances for passage of comprehensive energy and climate change legislation. President Obama tried to bolster its prospects in his news conference on Thursday, saying the crisis highlights the need to find alternatives to the

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Farmington River Hydroelectric Dam Bill Passes Hurdle In D.C.

May 28th, 2010 | By

A bill that will allow the town of Canton, in cooperation with Avon and Burlington, to operate hydroelectric dams on the Farmington River has passed an important hurdle in Washington. The office of Congressman Chris Murphy (D- Cheshire) said that the federal legislation was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and can now

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Lower electric rates, new jobs and renewable energy blocked by veto of energy bill

May 28th, 2010 | By

A dispatch from State Rep. Tim O’Brien: Electric deregulation in Connecticut was a major mistake that drove up the cost of both electricity and natural gas. The deregulated electric market makes power plant owners and Wall Street elites wealthy at electric customers’ expense. I have been fighting, since I was elected to the legislature, to

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Blumenthal joins opposition to governor’s veto of Conn. energy bill

May 28th, 2010 | By

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said he is “deeply disappointed by Gov. Rell’s veto of landmark legislation to lower the state’s record electricity rates.” He said Governor M. Jodi Rell “gave Big Power a gargantuan gift.” “The governor chose generators over consumers and business, killing legislation that would provide desperately needed rate relief,” Blumehthal said.

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Energy bill awaits Rell’s approval

May 19th, 2010 | By

The most sweeping energy legislation in more than a decade — a bill that promises to lower costs to consumers, promote green energy and reorganize the state’s bureaucracy to help it concentrate on energy issues — now awaits the signature of Gov. M. Jodi Rell. via Energy bill awaits Rell’s approval – NewsTimes.



Grassroots Celebrates the Child Safe Playing Fields Act: New Law Prohibits Chemical Pesticides On All School Grounds in New York State

May 19th, 2010 | By

PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Grassroots Environmental Education, a New York not-for-profit organization, has a mission to educate the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health problems. That mission just became easier in New York State with the Governor’s signing of the Child Safe Playing Fields Act, which bans the use of chemical

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Pending energy bill praised, slammed

May 13th, 2010 | By

On Wednesday, the state’s two largest electric utilities sent Rell a letter encouraging her to veto sweeping energy legislation passed recently by the legislature, as lawmakers gathered in Hartford for a press conference urging the governor to sign it. via Pending energy bill praised, slammed – The New Haven Register.



Climate bill has new drilling protections – Boston.com

May 12th, 2010 | By

WASHINGTON—Coastal states could veto offshore drilling plans under long-awaited legislation to curb global warming to be unveiled Wednesday. A bill backed by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., would allow states to opt out of federal drilling up to 75 miles from their shores — a concession to lawmakers concerned about offshore exploration

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100+ Groups Sign on to No Drilling Letter to U.S. Senate, legislation being introduced today to expand offshore oil drilling

May 12th, 2010 | By

Joining 109 other environmental groups, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has signed on to a letter submitted last week to the United States Senate. That kind of critical mass can’t go ignored. At the same time, two U.S. senators will introduce climate-change legislation today that gives coastal states a share of revenue from expanded

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Is Offshore Drilling Worth This? – Courant.com

May 11th, 2010 | By

As Congress debates legislation to rein in America’s output of harmful global warming gases, this is the right time to take a sober look at offshore oil drilling and ask whether the need for oil under the ocean floor outweighs the obvious risks of widespread environmental destruction if an oil rig explodes and falls into

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Energy Interests Spend Millions for Their Seat at the Climate Table

May 11th, 2010 | By

Businesses with significant stakes in the outcome of climate and energy legislation ramped up lobbying spending earlier this year as they worked to shape the Senate bill scheduled to be unveiled this week.