The Labor Committee voted to draft a committee bill to prevent employers from holding mandatory meetings with employees regarding politics, religion or union organizing, referred to as “captive audience” meetings. The legislation, which has been attempted numerous...read more
During her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Gov. Ned Lamont’s new budget chief, Melissa McCaw, said the governor has not finalized his position regarding electronic tolls on Connecticut’s highways. Under questioning from Rep. Jason Perillo, R-Shelton,...read more
AFSCME Executive Director Jody Barr was issued a temporary restraining order by a Connecticut Superior Court judge in 2010, after his ex-wife told the court he harassed her at her job, harassed her co-workers, and was previously arrested for domestic...read more
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...read more
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
Two House Democrats filed a bill to make restrictions in union membership cards state law, potentially opening Connecticut to a legal challenge based on the Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision. Proposed Bill 6936 was filed by representatives Robyn...read more
The Policy Corner With Scott Shepard
The counter-intuitive fact is that Connecticut’s estate tax hurts everyone – and mostly hurts those who depend on state payments, not those who pay the most in taxes. We need to abandon it. Proponents of estate taxes make a number of arguments in its...
Yesterday, Governor-elect Lamont’s transportation policy group, appointed by his transition team, urged him to “set aside a campaign pledge and seek electronic tolling on all vehicles and higher gasoline taxes to fund critical transportation improvements.” ...
The Fitch Files
Cheryl tried to opt out of her union based on her religious beliefs and donate her fees to charity. They wouldn’t let her.read more
The Fitch Files: “Devastating” accusations of sexual favoritism and hostile work environment at Dept. of Revenue Services
The resignation of Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan has left Marilee Corr Clark, DRS’s Tax Legal Director, “terrified.”read more
On A Side Note: Policy Mixed with Pop Culture (and a little humor)
If the accused were trying to “stick it to the man,” they stuck it to the wrong one – the taxpayers who have been forced to subsidize these bad decisions through higher taxes.read more
Five hints from the Malloy administration to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on how to stay the least popular governor in America.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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