• Environment, Energy & Land Use Legislative Update
  • February 9, 2012 | Author: Matthew Ranelli
  • Law Firm: Shipman & Goodwin LLP - Hartford Office
  • The 2012 legislative session opens today and will close May 9. As in all even-numbered years, this session is a "short session."Under the rules this means that the Legislature meets for three months rather than five and that only bills related to "budgetary" and "fiscal" matters or committee bills may be considered. In case you have heard that before but always wondered what it means - the Legislative Commissioner's Office has published a helpful description of the proposed bill guidelines which is available at http://www.cga.ct.gov/lco/session-billguide.asp.Bills proposed by individual members should be related to state revenues, appropriations, bonding, or cost savings. In practice, these guidelines are read liberally but not entirely ignored.