Newsletter03.09.2020

2020 Environmental Legislative Update No. 3, "Social Distancing" Edition

by Christopher P. McCormack

Welcome to our Environmental Legislative Updates.

Throughout Connecticut’s legislative session, these updates highlight developments concerning environmental law and policy. The author prepares updates as Legislative Liaison of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section. Pullman & Comley is pleased to offer them in this format to a wider audience.

As the session proceeds, early updates will alert readers to proposals on a broad range of issues concerning the environment, narrowing focus over time on bills that continue to progress, and concluding with a post-session wrap-up of bills that pass as well as noteworthy also-rans. Along the way they’ll summarize and challenge arguments pro and con, examine the policy and science behind proposals, and occasionally cast a side glance at the vicissitudes and vagaries of the process. The views expressed will be the author’s own, not necessarily those of Pullman & Comley LLC.

Questions, comments, requests and suggestions are always welcome. Please email me at cmccormack@pullcom.com.

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Concerns about the novel coronavirus are diverse and lurid enough to fill a coronavirus novel, or several. Your Legislative Liaison writes this afternoon from the Sunshine State, where as usual climate change does not exist, but which at the moment is also lacking sunshine and hand sanitizer.  Might as well think happier thoughts about pending environmental legislation.

We're catching up today on a fair number of bills. Herewith comments on those unilaterally deemed worth comment, followed by brief blurbs on all potentially relevant ones.

Having devoted much of our last update to the pending Transfer Act bill, it seems appropriate to open with SB 165 on remediation grants for dry cleaning facilities. This proposal includes several tweaks, but the most significant would seem to be expansion of eligibility beyond operators and property owners to Transfer Act certifying parties on current or former dry cleaner sites. We'll be seeing more of this one, which got a favorable committee report on March 5.

Drinking water: HB 5184 would require owners of properties supplied by public or semipublic wells to notify property tenants or lessees of the results of water quality test results exceeding maximum contaminant levels for public water supply systems. HB 5186 addresses three distinct topics: provision of drinking water by water companies in the event of a water main break or loss of system pressure, capacity implementation plans by small community water systems, and testing and reporting of approved water sources by bottlers.

We have an abundance of bills on bottles, recyclables, and nuisance waste.

• HB 5154 addresses the deposit part of the bottle picture, proposing to allow distributors to retain unclaimed deposits and to increase fees to redemption centers.

• HB 5340 sees 5145 on fees to handlers and raises on deposit value and coverage, proposing to add juice, tea, sports drink and energy drink containers.

• To address the collapse of recycling markets, SB 296 floats the idea of minimum recycled glass content for wine and liquor bottles, at least in the form of a directive to DEEP to convene "a collective" of New England state solid waste managers to establish requirements, and to make recommendations if the collective fails to collectivize.

• Another response to the market problem: HB 5342 proposes to direct DEEP to promulgate regulations to separate recyclables in the residential and nonresidential waste streams, for the purpose of producing marketable recyclables. Single-stream recycling: fun while it lasted.

• Speaking of disaggregating solid waste, SB 298 proposes to "encourage" diversion of source-separated organics by establishing a voluntary pilot program for municipalities, and by requiring large generators of such waste to send it to a composting facility if one is available within forty miles (versus the current twenty).

• Having slain the nonreusable plastic bag dragon, we sally forth to do battle with helium balloons (HB 5339) and to smite single-use plastic straws (SB 299).

PFAS/PFOA etc. are the subject of three bills, HB 5288 (limit exposure), HB 5291 (limit use in food packaging), and SB 297 (prohibit in fire-fighting foam). HB 5291 also proposes to limit use of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) in food packaging, which has been the subject of separate proposals in the past. Are the two related, or is this a two-birds-one-stone bill?

Climate is the subject of HB 5215 (climate change instruction in public school curriculum), HB 5352 (public institutions of higher education to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030), and SB 345 (insurance commissioner to study and report on climate change issues). The latter is interesting – insurance underwriting and securities law disclosures are two areas in which objective facts on this subject get dispassionate analysis.

Under the general heading of extended producer responsibility, note SB 300 to require assessment of the need to apply EPR to smoke detectors, and SB 420 to make minor changes to the paint stewardship program.

Two bills on pesticides. SB 292 proposes to put notices of pesticide application that are filed with DEEP online in searchable form. (What could go wrong?) SB 301 renews the effort to phase out chlorpyrifos.

We largely leave the "parks and rec" bills to fend for themselves, but because they're also occasionally known as the "birds and bunnies" part of the portfolio, we really have to mention HB 5337, which addresses a need someone apparently perceives "to provide a means for the processing of rabbits in the state for consumption by consumers and retail food establishments." We assume they mean "at retail food establishments," but we could be missing something.

Greenways: mentioned in the blurbs for HB 5259 and HB 5324, but actually mentioned only in the latter, with the idea of making fees for "greenway" license plates a dedicated account for, you know, greenways. HB 5477 would permit municipalities to abate property taxes for "greenway" recreational trails subject to conservation easements.

Back for another try: HB 5300 to declare a moratorium on crumb rubber ground covers at municipal and public school playgrounds. Also HB 5341 prohibiting sale and breeding of certain cetaceans (order Odontoceti, for those playing along at home) with various exceptions including those already in the state. DREAMER dolphins, perhaps.

In the Bemused Environment Committee category, we bring you SB 495, a proposal concerning selection of caterers by people who rent state-owned facilities. Apparently the distinction is between those that "have a contract with the commissioner" to perform catering services and those that do not. The latter would be allowed to serve upon providing information not less than twelve months before the event for the commissioner's approval. With available staffing and within available funds, no doubt.

For the bonus legislative update, we are tempted to go with SB 363 concerning the designation of commemorative and celebratory days, weeks, and months. But we have learned that it is better not to question the worthiness of these designations, and "Kindness Week" ("to promote acts of kindness among the residents of the state") actually sounds like a nice idea. But ties always go to bills that propose a solution in search of a problem, so today's winner is HB 5408 to adopt Atlantic Standard Time. But only if Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York do it too, and the feds approve. Southbound Amtrak customers traveling beyond Penn Station would no doubt relish being advised of the local time in Newark

HOUSE

Proposed H.B. No. 5154 REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST. 'AN ACT
PROVIDING FOR THE RETENTION OF UNCLAIMED BOTTLE
DEPOSITS BY DISTRIBUTORS AND REQUIRING AN INCREASE IN
THE HANDLING FEE PAID TO REDEMPTION CENTERS', to shift
unclaimed bottle deposits from the state to beverage distributors and to require
distributors to fairly compensate bottle redemption stores for each container they
redeem.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5155 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP.
CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST.; REP. KOKORUDA,
101st DIST.; REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE
INCREASE IN THE GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION FEE', to eliminate
the recent increase in the greenhouse gas reduction fee.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5169 REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST.; REP. HAYES, 51st
DIST.; REP. LANOUE, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING FREE
FISHING LICENSES TO VETERANS WHO HAVE BEEN HONORABLY
DISCHARGED', to allow veterans to fish free of charge.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5170 REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST. 'AN ACT
EXEMPTING SENIOR CITIZENS FROM THE PASSPORT TO THE
PARKS MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEE', to exempt senior
citizens from the Passport to the Parks fee.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5184 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
WATER QUALITY NOTIFICATION', to require the owner of a property
supplied by a public well or a well for semipublic use to notify each tenant and
lessee of such property of the results of certain water quality tests.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH

H.B. No. 5186 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
SAFE DRINKING WATER', to require (1) water companies to provide
drinking water to consumers in the event of a water main break or loss of system
pressure; (2) small community water systems to prepare capacity implementation
plans; and (3) bottlers to test approved water sources for unregulated
contaminants and report such results to the department.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH

H.B. No. 5207 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SENIOR
CITIZENS FROM THE "PASSPORT TO THE PARKS FEE"', to exempt
senior citizens age sixty-five and older from the "Passport to the Parks Fee".
REF. AGING

H.B. No. 5215 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE
INCLUSION OF CLIMATE CHANGE INSTRUCTION IN THE PUBLIC
SCHOOL CURRICULUM', to include climate change instruction in the public
school curriculum of the state.
REF. EDUCATION

H.B. No. 5259 (RAISED) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AT CROSSWALKS, SPEED LIMITS IN
MUNICIPALITIES, FINES AND CHARGES FOR CERTAIN
VIOLATIONS AND THE GREENWAYS COMMEMORATIVE
ACCOUNT', to (1) require motorists to grant the right-of-way to pedestrians who
affirmatively indicate their intention to cross the road in a crosswalk; (2) allow
local traffic authorities to establish lower speed limits on streets under their
jurisdiction by holding a public hearing regarding such speed limits and providing
notification of such speed limits to the Office of the State Traffic Administration;
(3) increase the fine for operating a motor vehicle while using a hand-held mobile
telephone or electronic device; (4) increase the additional fee provided to
municipalities for certain traffic violations; and (5) establish the greenways
commemorative account.
REF. TRANSPORTATION

H.B. No. 5288 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
PERFLUOROALKYL AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES', to
limit the public's exposure to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH

H.B. No. 5291 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT LIMITING THE
USE OF PERFLUOROALKYL AND POLYFLUOROALKYL
SUBSTANCES AND EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE IN FOOD
PACKAGING', to limit the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances
and expanded polystyrene in food packaging.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH

H.B. No. 5300 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT
ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON THE INSTALLATION OF
RECYCLED TIRE RUBBER AT MUNICIPAL AND PUBLIC SCHOOL
PLAYGROUNDS', to establish a moratorium on the installation of crumb rubber
ground covers at municipal and public school playgrounds.
REF. PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

H.B. No. 5302 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT
CONCERNING ABANDONED AND BLIGHTED PROPERTY
RECEIVERSHIP', to remove the municipal population threshold for certain
parties to petition the Superior Court for appointment of a receiver for a blighted
and abandoned property.
REF. PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

H.B. No. 5324 (RAISED) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AT CROSSWALKS, SPEED LIMITS IN
MUNICIPALITIES, FINES AND CHARGES FOR CERTAIN
VIOLATIONS AND THE GREENWAYS COMMEMORATIVE
ACCOUNT', to (1) require motorists to grant the right-of-way to pedestrians who
affirmatively indicate their intention to cross the road in a crosswalk; (2) allow
local traffic authorities to establish lower speed limits on streets under their
jurisdiction by holding a public hearing regarding such speed limits and providing
notification of such speed limits to the Office of the State Traffic Administration;
(3) increase the fine for operating a motor vehicle while using a hand-held mobile
telephone or electronic device; (4) increase the additional fee provided to
municipalities for certain traffic violations; (5) establish a fine for opening the
door of a motor vehicle in a way that impedes the travel of a pedestrian or a
person riding a bicycle; and (6) establish the greenways commemorative account.
REF. TRANSPORTATION

H.B. No. 5337 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
THE PROCESSING OF RABBITS FOR CONSUMPTION', to provide a
means for the processing of rabbits in the state for consumption by consumers and
retail food establishments.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5338 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING
THE SALE OF ANIMAL FIGHTING PARAPHERNALIA', to prohibit the
sale of items that are used for animal fighting.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5339 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING
THE RELEASE OF HELIUM BALLOONS INTO THE ATMOSPHERE', to
prohibit the knowing release of helium balloons into the atmosphere.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5340 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
THE MODERNIZATION OF THE CONNECTICUT BOTTLE
REDEMPTION PROGRAM', to modernize the functioning of the Connecticut
Bottle Bill by expanding its coverage and increasing certain fees paid pursuant to
the bottle redemption program.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5341 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING
THE SALE AND BREEDING OF CERTAIN CETACEANS', to prohibit the
sale and breeding of certain cetaceans.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5342 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
MULTI-STREAM RECYCLING', to provide for multi-stream recycling in
order to establish marketable streams for recycled materials and lessen the effects
of such materials on the state's solid waste stream.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5343 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING
LOCAL REPRESENTATION ON THE CONNECTICUT SITING
COUNCIL FOR CERTAIN PROJECTS', to allow for local representation on
the Siting Council for certain proceedings involving electric distribution
companies.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5344 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING
OFF-SHORE DRILLING FOR OIL AND GAS IN CONNECTICUT', to
prohibit off-shore drilling for oil and gas and the mapping for such oil in the
coastal waters of the state.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5345 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
STATE REVIEW OF FARMLAND PRESERVATION TRANSACTIONS',
to eliminate the State Property Review Board's review of Farmland Preservation
Program transactions in order to expedite their occurrence.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5346 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT
CONCERNING RESIDENTIAL SEWER USE CHARGES DURING THE
SUMMER MONTHS', to set the charges for a residential user's connection with
and use of a sewerage system during the summer months at an amount based upon
the average volume of water discharged to the sewerage system during the
nonsummer months.
REF. ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

H.B. No. 5352 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT
ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CLIMATE ADAPTATION
STRATEGIES AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION',
to require public institutions of higher education to develop and implement
strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their campuses by forty-five per
cent by the January 1, 2030.
REF. HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

H.B. No. 5454 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A
TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE DEPARTMENT OF
TRANSPORTATION'S VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM', to
examine the scope, need and effects of the Department of Transportation's
vegetation management program.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5455 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
REVISION OF CERTAIN HUNTING AND FISHING RELATED
STATUTES', to revise certain fishing and hunting related statutes concerning
motor vehicle deer strikes, bow and arrow hunting, the use of night vision devices
and veteran fishing events.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5456 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
EXEMPTIONS TO THE PASSPORT TO THE PARKS FEE FOR
SENIORS, VETERANS AND CERTAIN VEHICLE OWNERS', to exempt
senior citizens and veterans from the Passport to the Parks vehicle registration fee
and to apply such vehicle registration fee to only one vehicle when a person
registers more than one vehicle with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5457 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
FREE BOW AND ARROW PERMITS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS', to
provide senior citizens with free bow and arrow permits to hunt deer and small
game.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5477 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT
ESTABLISHING A TAX ABATEMENT FOR CERTAIN
CONSERVATION EASEMENTS', to authorize municipalities to abate real
property taxes due on any portion of land that (1) meets the criteria for
designation as a greenway, (2) is a terrestrial recreational trail that does not
exceed one hundred feet in width, and (3) is the subject of a conservation
easement conveyed by the owner of the land to a municipality, the state or a
nonprofit land conservation organization.
REF. PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

SENATE

S.B. No. 165 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DRY
CLEANING ESTABLISHMENT REMEDIATION GRANTS', to make
various revisions to the eligibility requirements and application procedures for dry
cleaning establishment remediation grants.
REF. COMMERCE

S.B. No. 179 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT
CONCERNING THE CONNECTICUT GREEN BANK', to enable the
Connecticut Green Bank to be considered as a potential borrower of funds from
the United States Department of Agriculture and to fix technical changes
concerning the appointed term length of a board of directors member.
REF. ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

S.B. No. 242 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING
THE SALE OF GOODS AND USE OF BUILDING MATERIALS
CONTAINING ASBESTOS', to protect the public's health by banning asbestos.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH
S.B. No. 281 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PROPERTY TRANSFER LAW', to make
various revisions to the property transfer law and establish a release-based
remediation program.
REF. COMMERCE

S.B. No. 292 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS AND PESTICIDE REGULATION IN THE
STATE', to require information contained in notices of pesticide application that
are filed with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to be
entered into an electronic, searchable spreadsheet that is available for public use.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 293 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A
RELEASE-BASED PROPERTY REMEDIATION PROGRAM', to transition
from a transfer-based property remediation program to a release-based property
remediation program.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 294 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE
SALE AND TRADE OF IVORY AND RHINOCEROS HORN IN
CONNECTICUT', to prohibit the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 295 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE
SELECTION OF CATERERS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO RENT STATEOWNED VENUES', to allow vendor choice for persons who rent certain state
facilities.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 296 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A
MINIMUM RECYCLED GLASS CONTENT FOR WINE AND LIQUOR
BOTTLES SOLD OR DISTRIBUTED IN THE NORTHEAST REGION', to
require the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to convene a
collective of New England states for the purpose of establishing a minimum
recycled content for glass wine and liquor bottles sold in the region.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 297 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE
USE OF PERFLUOROALKYL OR POLYFLUOROALKYL
SUBSTANCES IN CLASS B FIREFIGHTING FOAM', to prohibit the use of
PFAS in firefighting foams and develop a take-back program for such products.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 298 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
FOOD WASTE DIVERSION AND ANAEROBIC DIGESTION
FACILITIES', to encourage the development of additional anaerobic digestion
facilities in the state that are available to divert food waste from the state's solid
waste stream.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 299 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE
DISTRIBUTION OF SINGLE-USE PLASTIC STRAWS', to curtail the
automatic distribution of single-use plastic straws in the state at certain locations.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 300 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE
RECYCLING AND DISPOSAL OF SMOKE DETECTORS', to require an
assessment of the need to implement an extended producer responsibility program
for residential smoke detectors.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 301 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE
USE OF CHLORPYRIFOS', to create a general phase out of the use of the
insecticide chlorpyrifos.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 345 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT
REQUIRING THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER TO STUDY AND
REPORT ON ISSUES CONCERNING CLIMATE CHANGE', to require the
Insurance Commissioner to (1) annually conduct a study on issues related to
climate change and report the results of such study to the joint standing committee
of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to insurance, and
(2) assess the feasibility of collecting and reporting additional data concerning
climate change.
REF. INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

S.B. No. 354 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT
ESTABLISHING A GREEN NEW DEAL FOR CONNECTICUT', to create
jobs and transition the state to a clean, renewable energy economy.
REF. LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

S.B. No. 411 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A
FUND FOR THE EFFECT OF CERTAIN OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY
PROJECTS ON STATE FISHERIES', to compensate commercial fishermen
for lost revenues associated with the effects of certain offshore wind energy
projects and require disclosure of the contract and associated documents for such
project.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 412 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
WEED MAPPING ON CANDLEWOOD LAKE', to provide funding for the
mapping of invasive aquatic weeds in Candlewood Lake.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 413 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE
USE OF EXOTIC OR WILD ANIMALS IN TRAVELING ANIMAL
ACTS', to prohibit the use of exotic or wild animals in traveling circuses.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 414 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP OF CERTAIN PRESSURIZED GAS
CONTAINERS', to require the Department of Energy and Environmental
Protection to establish a product stewardship program for certain pressurized gas
containers.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 415 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
VETERINARY REPORTING OF DOGS USED IN ANIMAL FIGHTING',
to require veterinarians to report to local law enforcement agencies when they
treat dogs that they believe have been used in animal fighting.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 416 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT PROVIDING FOR
CERTAIN RESTROOM FACILITIES AT STATE PARKS AND BOAT
LAUNCHES', to provide essential facilities at certain state parks and boat
launches.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 417 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE
HARVESTING OF HORSESHOE CRABS DURING A FULL MOON', to
prohibit the harvesting of horseshoe crabs during the time of a full moon phase in
order to preserve horseshoe crab populations.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 418 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PAY
KIOSKS AT STATE PARKS', to require the installation of pay kiosks at certain
state parks for the collection of parking fees by out-of-state residents.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 419 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING
VEGETATION MANAGEMENT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
TRANSPORTATION', to require certain assessments concerning endangered
and threatened species be performed by the Department of Transportation prior to
conducting certain tree removal projects along state highways.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 420 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE
PAINT STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM', to decrease the paint stewardship
assessment for certain containers of architectural paint sold in the state.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 421 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE
USE OF CIRCLE FISH HOOKS', to require fishermen to use nonoffset circle
hooks under certain methods when fishing for striped bass and blue fish.
REF. ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 423 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT
CONCERNING CERTAIN SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS AND
ALTERNATIVE SEWAGE TREATMENT SYSTEMS', to increase to ten
thousand gallons per day the maximum capacity of certain subsurface sewage
disposal systems and alternative on-site sewage treatment systems over which the
Department of Public Health has jurisdiction.
REF. PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

BONUS

S.B. No. 363 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND
ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DESIGNATION OF
VARIOUS DAYS, WEEKS AND MONTHS', to designate various days, weeks
and months.
REF. GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

H.B. No. 5408 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND
ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADOPTION OF ATLANTIC
STANDARD TIME', to require the state to adopt Atlantic Standard time upon
the enactment of legislation in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York
adopting said time and federal approval of such change.
REF. GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

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