CSFA Connecticut 2012 CT House Bill Status Report – Check for Weekly Updates if Legislature is in Session
The Latest CT Legislative News for CSFA:
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The above link is the latest news for CSFA members from the State Capitol in Hartford – from our lobbyist Ted Schroll, Jr.
Connecticut General Assembly 2012 Legislative End of Session Notes
July 1, 2012
- House Bill #6001 was the bill that was initiated in the House. In this lengthy bill there was 2 issues that will have some effect on the fire service. Section #241 of the bill made only minor changes to the E-911 Advisory Committee’s annual reporting procedure. Sections #251-#263 includes many changes to the Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Clean-up program. The changes take up several pages and appear to be extensive. I would suggest that you research this language if this program affects your duties.
- Senate Bill #501 was the bill that was initiated in the Senate. There was only one item in this bill that affects the fire service. As part of the property conveyance portion of the bill, the Dept. of Corrections would convey approximately 10 acres of land to the Shaker Pines Fire District #5. The language states that the land is to be used “for firefighting educational and training purposes.” If the parcel of land is not used for that purpose the land parcel shall revert back to the State.
April 30, 2012
April 23, 2012
April 16, 2012
H.B. #5236 was JF’d from Public Safety to the calendar.
April 9, 2012
There is very little to report this week. Because of the way the legislative process works, almost all of the bills that we follow are either in committee waiting to move to the calendar, or are already on the calendar. Two bills worthy of note were passed out of the Finance committee this week. S.B. #25 is the bonding bill that includes $28.2 Million for the Regional Fire Training Schools capital improvement project. The full amount was approved without any opposition. The other bill helps the state, but also benefits the public safety family. S.B. #354 would require a 50 cent fee on each purchase of a prepaid wireless service from a retailer. That fee would be placed within the E-911 fund to supplement the E-911 surcharge.
I have also updated the substitute language for H.B. #5514. Previous language required AED’s in health clubs. The new language from the Public Health committee deletes the requirement in health clubs, but requires AED’s in athletic departments of institutions of higher education.
The General Assembly met in session on Wednesday 3/4, and the result was that H.B. #5094 moved from the Transportation committee to the House calendar, and H.B. #5236 moved from the House calendar to the Public Safety committee.
I am available if there are any questions.
April 2, 2012
The past week started out rather uneventful. Both the House & Senate met in session on Wednesday. During that session H.B. #5094 was moved to the Transportation Committee and H.B. #5247 was moved to the Appropriations Committee. At an Appropriations Committee meeting on Thursday, the committee put forth their answer to the Governor’s budget bill. In their version they restored the 5% cut to the operating budgets for the Regional Fire Training Schools. The Fire School budgets, the CSFA disability account, and the county & state fire radio accounts were maintained at the FY 2012 levels.
The news of the week is in regard to H.B. #5526. I attended a Public Health committee meeting on Monday in which the subject bill was to be favorably moved (JF’d) from the committee. At the last minute the committee put a HOLD on the bill because they said they were waiting for substitute language. They stated that they would be acting on the bill on Thursday. I reached out to a very reliable source for further information. The source came back to me with the substitute language. It would greatly change the content of Section 1 of the bill. The language changed the make-up of the Office of Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board (OEMS A/B) from a 39 member board to a 12 member board. It eliminated the appointees from the CT State Firefighters Association (CSFA) and the Commission on Fire Prevention & Control (CFPC) from membership on the board. It retained the appointee from the CT Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA). Thus I began an attempt to restore the fire service positions before the Public Health Committee meeting on Thursday (3/29). Unfortunately I was unable to accomplish that in the timeframe available. However I was able to bring this deletion of both fire service organizations to the attention of several Public Health committee members, and they expressed their concern, on the record, to the committee leadership. We will be working diligently in the next few weeks to change the language back to include more representation from the fire service.
It would appear that someone “out there” is attempting to limit the voice of the fire service participating in the EMS service. Most of you know that the fire service is performing approximately 70% of the EMS “street work”. We deserve to have a place at the table whenever our activities are being discussed. We don’t deserve to be put in second place. Your assistance is going to be needed to contact your legislators asking them to either change Section 1 of H.B. #5526 to include the CSFA or vote “NO” for the entire bill.
CSFA Online 2012