2015 State Legislative Session
2015 Session Wrap Up - report on bills that passed and those that did not. (June 9, 2015)
HBRA CT Opposes Higher State Spending and More Taxes:
"We're headed in the wrong direction. ... We're not asking the state
to do more with less. We're demanding the state to do less with less." (May 11, 2015)
The HBRA of CT's advocacy and issue policy efforts are governed by the association's Government Affairs Committee, a diverse group of HBRA members from across the state. Advocacy and policy work is managed by professional staff.
All HBRA members are invited to participate on the Government Affairs Committee, or any one or more of its issue specific GA Task Groups. You DO NOT need to know anything about the capitol or how lobbying works; what we need is your experience and expertise on industry issues - just contact Bill Ethier, HBRA CT's CEO, at email@example.com.
HBRA's 2015 State Legislative Priorities (as of 5-5-15; You won't believe the legislation we're opposing.)
Early in 2014, the HBRA Joined CBIA's CT20x17 Campaign - Working to make Connecticut a top 20 state for business by 2017. See CBIA's "Kick Start Our Economy" for a quick summary of the campaign, or go to the CT20x17 web site.
As committee deadlines for voting on bills come and go, our priority bills will be listed here. These priority bills are the Issues List we present at our Annual Home Building Industry Day at the Capitol (to be held on April 7, 2015, 7:30 - 12 noon):
One major topic on our Issues List above involves changing the Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) registration program to a licensing program. In June 2014, the HBRA of CT filed testimony with the Dept. of Consumer Protection regarding the agency's study of home improvement contractor licensing. The DCP report (5.1 MB) was issued in July 2014. HBRA of CT testimony was attached to the agency report. See HB 5785 in the Issues List above for the proposal in the legislature.
Other key links and docs:
Other policy and viewpoints: