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Legislative Agenda

CT Legislative Process 

  1. Proposed Bill 

  2. Bill sent to clerk of the chamber of the sponsoring legislator 

  3. Bill titled, numbered, and sponsors are printed in House and Senate Journals 

  4. Depending on the bill’s subject matter, the bill is sent to the appropriate joint standing committee of the General Assembly The Committee may: 

  5. Draft bill in legal language 

  6. Combine it with other bills, drafted as a committee bill Refer the bill to another committee 

  7. Take no action, bill fails 

  8. Committee may write a new “raised” committee bill 

  9. Committee holds public hearings for the public, state agency representatives, and legislators on all the bills for consideration.  

  10. Committee may report the bill favorably, or deny bill 

  11. Any bills requiring actions by multiple committee the bill will be passed through to those committees 

  12. 2After the bill has left its last committee and is still favorable, the bill is sent to the Legislative Commissioners’ Office to be checked for constitutionality and consistency with other law. 

  13. The Office of Fiscal Analysis adds an estimate of the bill’s cost. 

  14. The Office of Legislative Research adds a “plain English” explanation of the bill Clerk assigns the bill a calendar number 

  15. In whichever chamber the sponsoring legislator who brought forth a bill, that chamber votes on the bill first.  

  16. A “yes” vote will send the bill to the respective opposite chamber for placement on the calendar.  If “yes”, the final bill is printed, if not the bill is denied 

  17. Debate and amendments in the house of origin. 

  18. Bill returned to first chamber for concurrence if amended by second chamber If one or both chambers reject the changes, the bill fails 

  19. If both chambers pass the bill, it is sent to the governor, the governor will 

  20. Sign it Veto it 

  21. Take no action 

  22. If the governor vetoes, the bill is returned to the chamber in which it originated 23

  23. Vetoed bills can be reconsidered by both chambers 

  24. The bill becomes law if 

  25. The governor signs it 

  26. Governor fails to sign within 5 days during the legislative session or 15 days after adjournment 

  27. The vetoed bill is repassed in each house by a 2/3 vote of the elected membership 


Legislative Committees 

  • Aging 

  • Appropriations 

  • Banks 

  • Children 

  • Commerce 

  • Education 

  • Energy and Technology 

  • Environment 

  • Executive and Legislative Nominations 

  • Finance, Revenue, and Bonding 

  • General Law 

  • Government Administration and Elections 

  • Higher Education and Employment 

  • Housing 

  • Human Services 

  • Insurance and Real Estate 

  • Judiciary 

  • Labor and Public Employees 

  • Join Committee on Legislative Management 

  • Planning and Development 

  • Program Review and Investigations 

  • Public Health 

  • Public Safety 

  • Regulation Review 

  • Transportation 

  • Veterans’ Affairs 

H.B. 6743 Fare Free Transit

H.B. 6743 requires DOT to conduct a fare equity analysis to evaluate the implementation of permanent fare-free transit. The results of this study will inform DOT to continue Fare Free Transit permanently or discontinue the program.


H.B. 6497 – An Act Concerning a Connecticut Energy Data Access Bill of Rights

H.B. 6497 – An Act Concerning a Connecticut Energy Data Access Bill of Rights. To guarantee public access to the data needed to set informed climate targets and accurately monitor progress against these targets. 


Advanced Clean Cars & Advanced Clean Trucks II

The ACC standards are designed to put more zero-emission vehicles on the road and improve air quality. Likewise, ACT works towards displacing conventional fuel medium- and heavy-duty trucks.


Build America, Buy America

Standards will ensure that chargers operated by different networks will operate similarly and provide the public with a predictable EV charging experience. These standards will require that chargers have consistent plug types and charging speeds, common payment systems, and accessible pricing information, locations and availability. In upstate New York, citizens have begun to see Tesla superchargers equipped with a plug type that is used for all other EVs. Additionally, Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program will provide $2.5 billion over five years to a full range of applicants looking to install EVSE.  


Highway Use Fee

The Highway Use Fee is applicable beginning on and after January 1, 2023. The Fee ranges from 2.5 cents per mile for vehicles weighing 26,000-28,000 lbs, to 17.5 cents per mile for trucks weighing in at more than 80,000 lbs. DOT is expected to generate $90 million per year for transportation improvements in Connecticut.  

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