2016 State Legislative Session

2016 Legislative Session Report - May 19, 2016 (with June 21 update on legislature's veto session); Governor's Bill Notifications (find dates Governor signs legislation into law, or when he vetoes bills; includes a link for the Governor's veto messages).

General Assembly's Office of Legislative Research (OLR) Summaries of new laws - see topic area summaries of Public Acts affecting Building Codes, Housing, Business & Jobs, many other topics.

2016 Resolution for a Better Connecticut

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 bethier@hbact.org.

Home Building Industry Day at the Capitol - March 31 (see Reg & Sponsor Form for details):

As legislative committee deadlines for voting on bills come and go, our priority bills will likely change to focus on those bills surviving the committee process.  This will include legislation we need to oppose or support.  These priority bills are the Issues List we present at our Annual Home Building Industry Day at the Capitol (to be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016, 7:30 - 12 noon):

Other key links and docs:

  • FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS. Everyone has two state legislators who represent them (1 state representative, who serves in the state House; and 1 state Senator, who serves in the state Senate).
    • We strongly urge HBRA members to get to know their state legislators: Call them, email them, invite them for a cup of coffee and teach them about your business and the issues and concerns you have. The HBRA of CT debates issues and policies, delivers testimony and produces talking points, but much of our legislative success comes down to relationships our members have with legislators. Legislators want to do right by their constituents, and if you don't have even a casual relationship with them, then they will first think of other constituents.
    • We are also represented in Washington DC by federal legislators, i.e., a US Representative (Congressman or Congresswoman) and two US Senators; NAHB handles federal issues, whereas HBRACT focuses on the state legislature and state agencies.
  • The Legislative Process in Connecticut
  • Tips When Talking with Legislators
  • Directions to State Capitol Building and Legislative Office Building (LOB), Hartford - the new Security/Screening Procedures noted on the directions have been implemented as of September 2014.
  • Connecticut General Assembly web site.

Legislation and HBRA Testimony during the 2016 session (started on Feb. 3, 2016, and runs through to May 4, 2016):

Testimony to date provided by the HBRA of CT (the bill number links to the General Assembly's page on the bill where you can access the latest language, testimony, etc.; HBRA's testimony is linked to the right):

Other policies and viewpoints:

  • Early in 2014, the HBRA Joined CBIA's CT20x17 Campaign - Working to make Connecticut a top 20 state for business by 2017.  Work on this campaign will continue in 2016.  See CBIA's "Kick Start Our Economy" for a quick summary of the campaign, or go to the CT20x17 web site.

Things you should know about the state HBRA's advocacy work:

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