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Legislative Update



Legislative Update for Friday, March 27, 2015

Hi Everybody,

The Bill Tracking Report and List of Bills by Topic have been updated on the OPA website.

You will notice that some bills have "died in committee" because the committee reached its "JF Deadline" without voting on the bill. If you have a bill that has "died" you can still approach legislators and ask them to put your bill language into a bill on a similar topic as an amendment. It can be hard to get an amendment, but it is not impossible.

The Judiciary Committee has a public hearing Wednesday, April 1.  The full hearing notice is below, but here are some noteworthy bills on the hearing agenda:

*S.B. No. 1027 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING MANAGEMENT OF INDIVIDUALS COMMITTED TO THE PSYCHIATRIC SECURITY REVIEW BOARD. 

*S.B. No. 1129 (RAISED) AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO IDENTIFY AND TRACK THE HOMELESS, ADDICTED OR MENTALLY ILL PERSONS ENTERING THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND CONCERNING THE EARNED RISK REDUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM. 

*H.B. No. 7029 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PROBATE COURT OPERATIONS.

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in Room 2C of the LOB.  Public speaker order will be determined by a lottery system.  Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB.  Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list.  Please submit 60 copies of written testimony to Committee staff any day prior to the hearing but no later than 9:30 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB.  Written testimony submitted by a person(s) or organization(s) which exceeds five (5) single-sided pages per bill or resolution will only be posted on the Judiciary Committee’s website at the discretion of the Judiciary Committee chairs.  Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.  Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related Bills and/or Resolutions.  The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.  The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement.  Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee.  All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information.  As such, it may be made available on the Judiciary Committee's website and indexed by internet search engines.

SUBJECT MATTER:   Courts

*S.B. No. 951 AN ACT CONSOLIDATING CRIMINAL JUSTICE, JUVENILE AND FAMILY SERVICE PROGRAMS. 

*S.B. No. 1027 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING MANAGEMENT OF INDIVIDUALS COMMITTED TO THE PSYCHIATRIC SECURITY REVIEW BOARD. 

*S.B. No. 1033 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING COURT OPERATIONS. 

*S.B. No. 1128 (RAISED) AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF ACCELERATED REHABILITATION IN THE CASE OF ANIMAL ABUSE. 

*S.B. No. 1129 (RAISED) AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO IDENTIFY AND TRACK THE HOMELESS, ADDICTED OR MENTALLY ILL PERSONS ENTERING THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND CONCERNING THE EARNED RISK REDUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM. 

*H.J. No. 67 (COMM) RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PERMIT A PROBATE COURT JUDGE WHO ATTAINS SEVENTY YEARS OF AGE WHILE IN OFFICE TO COMPLETE HIS OR HER TERM OF OFFICE. 

*H.B. No. 6187 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS THAT ARE THE SUBJECT OF CRIMINAL COURT PROCEEDINGS. 

*H.B. No. 7029 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PROBATE COURT OPERATIONS. 

*H.B. No. 7049 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PRETRIAL DIVERSIONARY PROGRAMS. 

*H.B. No. 7051 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE INVESTIGATION OF FRAUD AND CORRUPTION. 

*H.B. No. 7052 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING RESTRICTIONS ON PERSONS RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE WHO HAVE VIOLATED THE PUBLIC TRUST. 

*H.B. No. 7053 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY BY THE LAW REVISION COMMISSION OF PROCESSES INVOLVING THE FORECLOSURE OF TAX LIENS BY MUNICIPALITIES. 







Take care,

Beth

Beth A. Leslie

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