2017 State Legislative Session

2017 State Legislative Session Wrap-Up - Bill Ethier, CEO

2017 Resolution for a Better Connecticut - with Economic Impact of Housing and Housing Permit Data

Legislature to hold veto session July 24 - to review and possibly override Governor's four (4) vetoes.

Governor's bill notifications - bills signed or vetoed

An Emerging Housing Crisis? - by Bill Ethier, CEO, HBRA of CT (written in 2014, still relevant today)

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 - April 26, 2017

Most legislative committee deadlines have now come and gone.  Our priority issues below focus on those bills surviving the committee process (except for HB 6372, still in Finance).  These priority bills are the Issues List we will likely present at our Annual Home Building Industry Day at the Capitol (to be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:30 - 12 noon) (subject to change on a daily basis):

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 2017 session (started on Jan. 4, 2017, and runs through to June 7, 2017):

Testimony provided by the HBRA of CT:

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

Other policies and viewpoints:

  • Early in 2014, the HBRA Joined CBIA's CT20x17 Campaign - Working together with CBIA and Chambers of Commerce to make Connecticut a top 20 state for business by 2017.  Work on this campaign continues in various forms.  HBRACT's CEO, Bill Ethier, serves on the campaign's 12 member Steering Committee.  See CBIA's "Kick Start Our Economy" for a quick summary of the campaign, or go to the CT20x17 web site.

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