Trucking companies from across Connecticut said the plan to install tolls on Connecticut’s highways would cost their companies upwards of $500,000 per year in a video released by the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut. Trucking company owners from...read more
Want to know how to take better photographs with your iPhone? Or how to “Know Thyself? Or how to use humor to reduce stress at work and at home? Those are a few courses the state of Connecticut offers its employees through the state’s In-Service Training, provided...read more
Connecticut Democrats have made implementing a paid family medical leave bill a top priority this session, and a committee bill is set to receive a public hearing before the Labor and Public Employees Committee today. The FMLA program would be funded by a payroll tax...read more
A proposal to increase the Connecticut sales tax by .5 percent and send the increased revenue to municipalities received a public hearing on Wednesday before the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, D-New Haven, testified...read more
Three years after SEIU 1199 ignored requests by Connecticut prison nurse Cheryl Spano Lonis to have her dues donated to charity, the union will have to return $2,500 in dues taken from her paycheck. Lonis' story was first brought to public attention in a Yankee...read more
If you buy heating oil in Connecticut, expect prices to go up once the Department of Transportation installs tolling gantries on the state’s highways and roads. “If the tolls go in, trucking companies aren’t going to take that expense on,” said Frank...read more
The Policy Corner With Scott Shepard
A Scalpel, Not a Sledge Hammer: Studies Show Statewide, Forced Consolidation Bad for Students, Budgets
How can the state reduce education spending (save money on education) while continuing to support high – and improving – educational achievement? The answer likely includes some specific instances of gradual school consolidation and school-service centralization. A...
Gov. Ned Lamont’s state of the state address this week hit many of the right notes – Connecticut’s people need a bit of cheerfulness and optimism after eight years of the opposite. But… (You knew that was coming, didn’t you?) After listening closely to his State of...
The Fitch Files
CTFastrak will be part of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s legacy in Connecticut and has been a political talking point for both sides of the aisle for years. A 12-hour bus ride helps tell the history, effect and possible future of CTFastrak.read more
Imagine a workplace in which you feel it necessary to video-record yourself making a trip to the bathroom in case you are confronted by colleagues; where employees allegedly hire private investigators to follow each other around; where petty personal disputes become matters of extensive internal investigations.read more
On A Side Note: Policy Mixed with Pop Culture (and a little humor)
In the new horror film Bird Box, Sandra Bullock must navigate a post-apocalyptic world blind-folded so as not to see inter-dimensional creatures so horrifying they drive normal people insane. The film has inspired the best and brightest of today’s youth to film...read more
In a classic Saturday Night Live skit, Will Ferrell played a goofy George W. Bush and debated Darrell Hammond as a boring, one-note Al Gore in the lead up to the 2000 Presidential Election.When asked by the moderator what word best summarized their...read more
FAQ's About How a Bill Becomes Law
1: A Bill Has Been Proposed. What Happens Next?
Initial bill proposals are really just concept bills with general language. Hundreds of bill will be proposed at the beginning of session, often about the same topics. The bills are referred to the appropriate committee, which then decides whether or not to take up the bill or possibly combine it with other similar bills. The committee may have the bill drafted into legal language before bringing it up for a public hearing. Or, the committee could choose to have a "subject matter hearing" in which the general concept of the bill is put out for public comment and debate.
2. How Can My Voice be Heard at a Public Hearing?
Any member of the public is able to make his or her voice heard at a public hearing. When the public hearing is scheduled, members of the public show up to the public hearing, give their opinion to lawmakers and answer any questions committee members may have. Individuals can also submit written testimony through the committee's webpage. After the public hearing the committee will vote whether or not to pass the bill out of committee.
3. The Bill Has Passed out of Committee, What Happens Next?
Depending on the nature of the bill and if there will be any significant costs associated with the legislation, it may be referred to a second committee. Otherwise, the bill will be checked for constitutionality and consistency with law. The Office of Fiscal Analysis will determined the costs associated with the bill and the Office of Legislative Research will produce a "plain English" explanation of the bill. The clerk then assigns the bill a number and it can then be taken up for a vote in either the House or Senate.
4. If One Chamber Passes the Bill, Then What?
If the bill passes in one chamber, it is then referred to the other chamber. This does not necessarily mean it will be voted on, however. Amendments to the bill may be debated and added, and the bill may have to be referred to another committee. However, if both chambers agree on the bill and all its amendments, the bill is then sent to the governor for approval or veto. A governor's veto can be overruled by a 2/3 majority in the House and Senate.
5. What Can I Do Right Now?
You can write or call the members of the committee to express your opinion. You can say if you want a bill to be brought for a public hearing or not; you can express support or opposition to any of the bills they are considering. Below is a list of legislative committees and links to their webpages. You can also keep up to date through Yankee Institute's email list.
- Aging Committee
- Appropriations Committee
- Banking Committee
- Committee on Children
- Commerce Committee
- Education Committee
- Energy and Technology Committee
- Environment Committee
- Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee
- Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee
- General Law Committee
- Government Administrations and Elections Committee
- Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee
- Housing Committee
- Human Services Committee
- Insurance and Real Estate Committee
- Internship Committee
- Judiciary Committee
- Labor and Public Employees Committee
- Joint Committee on Legislative Management
- Planning and Development
- Public Health Committee
- Public Safety and Security
- Legislative Regulation Review Committee
- Transportation Committee
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
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