Under the bill, DEEP may make grants to a municipality for up to:
- 1. 75% of the cost of conducting an aquatic invasive species diagnostic feasibility study related to reducing an aquatic invasive species population in a state lake or
- 2. 50% of the cost of conducting a restoration project in a state lake by controlling and managing an aquatic invasive species population that exists in the lake as of July 1, 2014. The amendment from the Senate does not allow the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to employ fulltime additional staff to provide prevention, education and rapid response efforts associated with the Aquatic Invasive Species program. However, it does allow for additional seasonal staff to be placed at boatlaunches around the state. Therefore, the amendment reduces the potential cost by $156,339 in FY 15 and $161,029 in FY 16, including fringe benefits, to hire ten seasonal staff persons for this purpose. While this bill does not fund permanent staffing and the rapid response team needed, it is a first step in the right direction. I am proud to co-sponsor this bill and hope that it makes it way to the Governor's office.
Here is the bill: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=446&which_year=2014
Here is the new fiscal note with Senate A: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/FN/2014SB-00446-R000392-FN.htm
HB 5222 AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF FUNDING AND SUPPORT FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED CARE FOR ELDERLY PERSONS AND PERSONS WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.
The bill requires the Commission on Aging to conduct a study and issue a recommendation report by January 1, 2015 regarding funding and resources available to provide home and community-based care to elderly persons and those with Alzheimer's disease. The commission has previously completed similar studies and has the staff with the expertise to do so; therefore this will not result in a fiscal impact. I believe that with our growing senior population this is an important issue and we must understand where are resources are in order to provide beneficial and timely information to our citizens and their families who care for them. I co-sponsored this bill today.
Here is the bill: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5222&which_year=2014
HB 5370 AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING CERTAIN FISCAL AND RESOURCE-RELATED MATTERS PERTAINING TO STATE PARKS.
Under the bill, 50% of revenue from state park operations, other than from special event rentals, must be deposited into the MRI (maitenace, repair, improvement) account. This includes cabin rental revenue. The bill also requires an unspecified portion of cabin rental revenue to be deposited into the MRI subaccounts for the state parks where the cabins are located. I had introduced a similar bill, HB 5119 (http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5119&which_year=2014) which would have put aside 100%. This is a good start to fund ongoing much overdue repairs and maitenance to our State Parks all over Connecticut. As such, I was an early co-sponsor and testified in support of this bill earlier this year. I hope it makes its way through both chambers this year.
Here is the bill: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=5370&which_year=2014