OPA: Legislative Update

Legislative Update

Hi Everybody,
 
The legislative Appropriations Committee is holding public hearings on the Governor's proposed changes to the budget. The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, like every other agency, has been given a 5.75% budget cut. Executive Director Craig Henrici and Assistant Director Gretchen Knauff will go before the Appropriations Committee on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 9, 2016 to express concern over the impact this cut would have on the ability to serve people with disabilities.
The details below show the public hearing schedule for the agencies which serve people with disabilities. If you have questions about the hearings, or need to request an accommodation, please contact the friendly staff at the Appropriations Committee at 860-240-0390.
 
The full listing of the Appropriations Committee public hearing schedule is available online in the Legislative Bulletin at:
 
 
If you need to reach me, the best way to do so is by email at Beth.Leslie@ct.gov
 
Take care,
 
Beth
 
Beth A. Leslie
Legislative and Regulations Specialist
Office of Protection and Advocacy
for Persons with Disabilities
60-B Weston Street
Hartford CT 06120
Phone (860)297-4369
Cell Phone (860) 371-7614
TOLL FREE (800)842-7303
TTY (860)297-4380
Fax (860)566-8714
 

APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
 
SCHEDULE OF STATE AGENCY BUDGET PRESENTATIONS
 
AND PUBLIC HEARINGS
 
The Appropriations Committee will hold state agency budget presentations and public hearings from Monday, February 8, 2016 through Friday, February 19, 2016, to be held at the times and location listed below.  Public speaker order for the public hearings will be determined by a lottery system.  Lottery numbers will be drawn from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. in the LOB First Floor Atrium and from 10:15 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. in Room 2700.  Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list.  The list of speakers registered through the lottery system will be posted outside the designated hearing room two hours prior to the start of the public hearing.  On February 11 and February 18 the Committee will provide a separate sign-up sheet for persons with special needs, and on February 16 a separate sign-up sheet will be provided for students.  Those speakers will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Committee Chairs will alternate between the specialized lists and the standard list until the specialized lists have been exhausted.  For the February 18 public hearing, Room 2B will be reserved for individuals with special needs in need of a quiet space while waiting to testify. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.  Please submit 30 copies of written testimony at the time of sign-up, but not later than 2:00 P.M.  Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.  Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to APPtestimony@cga.ct.gov.  The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda.   All public hearing testimony, written & spoken, is public information.  The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement.  All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information.  As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and will be indexed by internet search engines.  Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee.
 

Tuesday, February 9, Room 2C
Regulation and Protection
11:30 AM-12:30 PM Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
12:30- 1:00 PM Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
 
4:00 PM Public Hearing
Public testimony will be heard on the following state agencies:
Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
Insurance Department
Office of the Healthcare Advocate
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Department of Consumer Protection
Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
Workers’ Compensation Commission
Military Department
 
 
 
Thursday, February 11, Room 2C
11:00 AM-12:30 PM  Department of Children and Families
1:30-3:00 Department of Social Services
 
4:00 PM Public Hearing
Public testimony will be heard on the following state agencies:
Department of Social Services
Department of Children and Families
Department of Rehabilitative Services
Department on Aging
 

Thursday, February 18, Room 2C
 1:00-2:00 PM Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
 2:00-3:00 Department of Developmental Services
 3:00-4:00 Department of Public Health
 
 4:30 PM  Public Hearing
Public testimony will be heard on the following state agencies:
Department of Public Health
Department of Developmental Services
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Psychiatric Security Review Board
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
 
 
 

 


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