Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce
Legislative Update

Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:53 PM

HB5350 An Act Concerning Natural Gas Infrastructure. - OPPOSE (TRACKED ON 3/3)
Status: ET Public Hearing: Thu 3/5 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1D (2/28)

Good Morning PJ,

I am reaching out because the Connecticut Legislature has proposed legislation (HB 5350) that would effectively limit future natural gas expansion in communities across the state. If passed, customers currently not on a natural gas network would be forced to continue to use significantly more expensive and higher- polluting fuels like oil and propane for heating, cooling, and cooking. HB 5350 that would enable regulators to reduce the timeframe a gas utility has to recover its gas expansion costs. By shortening this recovery period, customers who want natural gas access would be required to make upfront payments to connect to the system. These payments could be cost-prohibitive and result in fewer businesses and homeowners benefiting from low-cost, reliable natural gas.

If the legislation passes, it will:
Deprive many consumers who have been waiting for years the opportunity to choose a lower-cost energy option
Stall progress in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, because customers currently using oil or propane are not likely to convert to higher-cost electric heat pumps or electric baseboard heat
Increase the cost of natural gas for all gas customers, since a portion of the revenue generated from gas sales to new customers is used to lower costs for all gas customers
Prevent municipalities from collecting beneficial property tax revenues from the installation of new gas pipes and equipment and deny them affordable access to natural gas for schools, libraries and other municipal facilities.

The greater Danbury area is a large user of natural gas and has potential for gas expansion in the future. As a leader in the area, would the chamber be willing voice your opposition to this legislations by either attending the public hearing, taking place Thursday, March 5 at 11am in room 2D, on the bill or call/write to the Governor or Commissioner Dykes to tell them you oppose this anti-consumer legislation by March 17.

Office of Governor Ned Lamont Commissioner Katie Dykes
State Capitol DEEP
210 Capitol Avenue 79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106 Hartford, CT 06106

800-406-1527 860-424-3000

Any help would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please let me know.

Thank you,

Samantha (Sojka) LaBonne

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 3/5 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1D


SB403 An Act Concerning The Board Of Pardons And Paroles, Erasure Of Criminal Records For Certain Misdemeanor And Felony Offenses And Prohibiting Discrimination Based On Erased Criminal History Record Information. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 3/3)
Status: JUD Public Hearing: Mon 3/9 10:00 AM @ ROOM 2C (3/5)

To (1) require certain training to members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles and to require the board to provide a written explanation when denying a pardon, to streamline record erasure in the case of misdemeanors and certain felonies, (2) waive certain fees for applicants for a pardon, (3) allow for appointment of a deputy warden to serve as director of reentry services, (4) establish a reentry employment advisory committee, and (5) prohibit discrimination against a person based on such person's erased criminal history record information.

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Hearing Date(s):
Mon 3/9 10:00 AM @ ROOM 2C


HB5296 An Act Concerning Cash Refunds For The Balance Of A Gift Card. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/26)
Status: Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office (3/11)

To increase the minimum balance amount for which a consumer using a gift card may request a cash refund.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 3/5 12:30 PM @ ROOM 2C


HB5353 An Act Funding The Debt-free Community College Program. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/26)
Status: HED Public Hearing: Tue 3/3 12:30 PM @ ROOM 2B (2/28)

To appropriate sixteen million dollars to the debt-free community college program and to establish an account for such program into which will be deposited state appropriations and any moneys received from any online offering of lottery draw games.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/3 12:30 PM @ ROOM 2B


HB5385 An Act Ensuring Fair And Equal Pay For Equal Work. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/26)
Status: LAB Public Hearing: Tue 3/3 10:30 AM @ ROOM 2E (2/28)

To ensure fair and equal pay for equal work.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/3 10:30 AM @ ROOM 2E


HB5268 An Act Concerning Workers' Compensation. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/23)
Status: LAB Public Hearing: Thu 3/5 10:30 AM @ ROOM 2E (2/28)

To require the Workers' Compensation Commission to adopt regulations regarding the fair compensation of injured workers.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 3/5 10:30 AM @ ROOM 2E


HB5269 An Act Concerning Working Conditions. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/23)
Status: LAB Public Hearing: Tue 3/3 10:30 AM @ ROOM 2E (2/28)

To require the Labor Commissioner to adopt regulations regarding fair and safe working conditions.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/3 10:30 AM @ ROOM 2E


HB5270 An Act Concerning The Right Of A Public Employee To Join Or Support A Union. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/23)
Status: Joint Favorable Substitute (3/10)

To protect the rights of public employees to join or support unions.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/25 10:30 AM @ ROOM 2E


HB5271 An Act Concerning Breastfeeding In The Workplace. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/23)
Status: Joint Favorable (3/10)

To specify certain parameters for a room or other location in the workplace that accommodates employee breastfeeding.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/25 10:30 AM @ ROOM 2E


HB5275 An Act Concerning A Fair Work Week Schedule. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/23)
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (2/20)

To prohibit the practice of on-call shift scheduling.

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SB227 An Act Concerning A Fair Work Week Schedule. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/22)
Status: Joint Favorable (3/10)

To prohibit the practice of on-call shift scheduling.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/25 10:30 AM @ ROOM 2E


SB167 An Act Establishing A Tax Credit For Businesses That Hire Formerly Incarcerated Individuals. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/22)
Status: CE Public Hearing: Thu 2/27 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1E (2/21)

To establish a tax credit for businesses that hire formerly incarcerated individuals.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/27 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1E


SB168 An Act Concerning Manufacturer Needs In The State. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/22)
Status: CE Public Hearing: Tue 3/10 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1E (3/6)

To require the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to study the needs of manufacturers in the state.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/10 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1E


SB232 An Act Establishing Collective Bargaining Rights For Certain Agricultural Workers. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/22)
Status: LAB Public Hearing: Tue 2/25 10:30 AM @ ROOM 2E (2/21)

To authorize certain agricultural workers to engage in collective bargaining.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/25 10:30 AM @ ROOM 2E


HB5010 An Act Concerning Revenue Items To Implement The Governor's Budget. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/15)
Status: FIN Public Hearing: Mon 3/16 02:00 PM @ ROOM 2E (3/11)

To implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

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Hearing Date(s):
Mon 3/16 2:00 PM @ ROOM 2E


HB5033 An Act Establishing A Tax Credit For Businesses That Hire Recent High School Or College Graduates. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/15)
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (2/10)

To establish a tax credit for businesses that hire recent high school or college graduates.

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HB5063 An Act Eliminating Certain Business Filing Fee Increases. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/15)
Status: FIN Public Hearing: Thu 2/27 01:00 PM @ ROOM 2E (2/21)

To eliminate the business filing fee increases enacted by public act 19-117.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/27 1:00 PM @ ROOM 2E


HB5112 An Act Concerning The Budget Of The Connecticut State Colleges And Universities. - TBD (TRACKED ON 2/15)
Status: Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office (3/4)

To require the Board of Regents for Higher Education to include the central office in the itemization of its budget request.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/27 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1D


HB5113 An Act Requiring Legislative Approval For The Merger Or Closing Of Institutions Within The Connecticut State Colleges And Universities. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/15)
Status: HED Public Hearing: Thu 2/27 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1D (2/21)

To require legislative approval for the merger or closing of institutions within the Connecticut state colleges and universities.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/27 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1D


HB5158 An Act Funding The Pilot Program For The Expansion Of Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Programs To Public High Schools. - (TRACKED ON 2/15)
Status: HED Public Hearing: Thu 3/5 01:00 PM @ ROOM 1C (2/28)

To appropriate one million dollars for the pilot program for the expansion of advanced manufacturing certificate programs to public high schools.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 3/5 1:00 PM @ ROOM 1C


HB5159 An Act Establishing A Tax Credit For Employers Of Instructors In Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Programs At Regional Community-technical Colleges. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/15)
Status: HED Public Hearing: Thu 3/5 01:00 PM @ ROOM 1C (2/28)

To establish a tax credit for employers of instructors in advanced manufacturing certificate programs at regional community-technical colleges.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 3/5 1:00 PM @ ROOM 1C


HB5162 An Act Requiring The Establishment Of The Learn Here, Live Here Program. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/15)
Status: Change of Reference, Senate to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (3/6)

To require the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to establish the Learn Here, Live Here program to help graduates of any institution of higher education or certain certificate programs of private occupational schools save toward a down payment on their first home in the state by segregating a portion of their state income tax payments for up to ten years after they graduate.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/27 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1E


SB41 An Act Establishing A Tax Credit For Small Businesses Implementing And Maintaining Employee Wellness Programs. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/15)
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (2/11)

To establish a tax credit for small businesses that have implemented and maintain employee wellness programs.

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SB128 An Act Concerning Free Community College. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/15)
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement (2/14)

To provide tuition-free community college for Connecticut residents.

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SB129 An Act Requiring The Department Of Transportation To Direct Budgetary Resources To Litchfield County For The Purpose Of Increasing The Availability Of Mass Transit Options. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/15)
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Transportation (2/14)

To require the Department of Transportation to use existing budgetary resources to increase the availability of mass transit options to residents of Litchfield County.

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SB133 An Act Concerning Regional Tourism Districts. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/15)
Status: Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office (3/6)

To require each regional tourism district to return unexpended tourism funding to the Department of Economic and Community Development for the purpose of supporting state-wide marketing and to eliminate the requirement that the central regional district office be located within the department.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/27 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1E


HB5111 An Act Establishing A Task Force To Study Work-based Learning Opportunities In Industries With A Hiring Need In The State. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/13)
Status: Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office (3/4)

To establish a task force to identify high-growth, high-demand jobs and analyze the implementation and creation of partnerships that provide apprenticeship opportunities for such jobs.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/20 2:30 PM @ ROOM 2B


SB85 An Act Deterring Age Discrimination In Employment Applications. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/13)
Status: Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office (3/4)

To prevent the use of initial employment applications to discriminate against potential employees based on age.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/18 2:30 PM @ ROOM 2B


HB5005 An Act Adjusting The State Budget For The Biennium Ending June 30, 2021. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/10)
Status: Public Hearing 02/21 (2/14)

To implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

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HB5019 An Act Concerning Fair Futures Following Erasure Of Criminal Records. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/10)
Status: JUD Public Hearing: Mon 3/9 10:00 AM @ ROOM 2C (3/5)

To implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

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Hearing Date(s):
Mon 3/9 10:00 AM @ ROOM 2C


HB5007 An Act Concerning The Small Business Express Program. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/10)
Status: CE Public Hearing: Thu 2/27 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1E (2/21)

To implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/27 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1E


SB3 An Act Concerning 21st Century Jobs. - MONITOR (TRACKED ON 2/10)
Status: CE Public Hearing: Tue 3/17 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1E (3/12)

To make various changes to the Office of Workforce Competitiveness, establish the Governor's Workforce Council and establish various incentives for job creation, workforce training and economic development.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 3/17 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1E