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Bethel Residents: Office of Legislative Research Report About 2015 Major Issues

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A fascinating list of upcoming topics and descriptions of important issues that the General Assembly may face in the coming session.

Report by Paula Antolini
Dec 30, 2014 8:12PM EDT

A Research Report from the Office of Legislative Research about 2015 MAJOR ISSUES:

“Every year, legislative leaders ask the Office of Legislative Research (OLR) to identify and provide brief descriptions of important issues that the General Assembly may face in the
coming session.

This report represents the professional, nonpartisan views of staff in OLR, the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA), and the Legislative Commissioners’ Office (LCO) regarding possible upcoming legislative issues. It does not represent staff suggestions or recommendations. We identified issues based on interim studies; research requests; non-confidential discussions with legislators, other legislative participants, and executive branch agencies; and our general subject matter knowledge.

OLR compiled this report in consultation with OFA and LCO. OLR analysts wrote the issue descriptions below, except for the Appropriations Committee descriptions, which OFA provided.

We list the issues according to the committee in whose jurisdiction they primarily fall. Since more than one committee may consider aspects of the same issue, descriptions may overlap. Where appropriate, we provide links to OLR Reports and other online documents that contain additional information.”

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Here is a fascinating list of topics and subheads from the research report, see link at the end for detailed information on each topic:

AGING
Senior Safety Zones

APPROPRIATIONS
Budget Projections
Budget Spending Cap
Long-Term Obligations

BANKS
Reverse Mortgages

CHILDREN
Childhood Obesity
Children’s Mental Health
Hazardous Chemicals

COMMERCE
Growing Business and Jobs

EDUCATION
Charter School Oversight
Education Funding
Sandy Hook Advisory Commission
Student Information and Privacy Protections

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY
Residential PACE Programs
Zero Emissions Vehicle Incentives

ENVIRONMENT
Boating Requirements
Pesticides
Product Stewardship

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING
Possible Tax System Changes
State Revenues and Taxes

GENERAL LAW
Occupational Licenses
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS
Campaign Finance
Election Administration
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT
Institution and Foundation Expenditure Transparency
Planning Commission for Higher Education

HOUSING
Housing for Millennials
Landlord and Tenant Duties Regarding Bed Bug Infestations

HUMAN SERVICES
Community Spouse Allowable Assets
Social Impact Bonds

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE
Provider Network Adequacy
Telemedicine

JUDICIARY
Drones
Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee (JJPOC)
Juveniles and Sentences to Life without Parole
Service of Civil Restraining Orders
Technology and Privacy

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
Domestic Workers
Unemployment Compensation Fund Solvency

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Property Tax Reform

PUBLIC HEALTH
Aid in Dying
Health Care Consolidation, Nonprofit Hospital Conversions, and Related Issues
Infectious Disease Protocols
Prescription Drug Abuse

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY
Body Cameras
Expanded Casino Gaming
License Plate Readers
Resident State Trooper Reimbursement
Stingray Devices

TRANSPORTATION
“Drive Only” Licensing
On-Demand Car Services
Special Transportation Fund
Tolls
Transform CT

VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
Housing and Homelessness

Read in-depth information about all the above topics here.


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