Senate Bill #7 (SB 7) is the Governor's climate bill, which includes these significant provisions:
- Updates the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 to include the new target for reducing CT's economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions 45% below 2001 levels by 2030; this reflects the recommendation of the Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3) to ensure that the state is on track to achieve the mandated goal of an 80% reduction by 2050.
- Prepares Connecticut for the impacts of sea level rise by requiring state and municipal planning to use the most up-to-date projections by the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA). [more details in this fact sheet]
- Requires the state's energy planning to consider impacts on climate and greenhouse gas emissions as part of a Comprehensive Climate and Energy Strategy.
- Creates a permanent Connecticut Council on Climate Change to replace the GC3.
The Environment Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 7 on Wednesday, March 14th @1:00 pm in Rm 2B of the Legislative Office Building (directions & parking info here). You can come to the hearing and speak in person and/or submit written testimony (see instructions below).
We have drafted this template for written testimony.
Instructions for submitting testimony (deadline is roughly 48 hours after the hearing):
Sign-up for the hearing will take place at 11:00 A.M. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB. Any individual wishing to sign up after the start of the public hearing may do so with the Committee staff inside the hearing room. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to email@example.com. PDF format is strongly preferred. Testimony received by 3:00 P.M. the workday before the hearing will be available for members of the Committee during the public hearing. Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related Bills. ... Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony. Bills will be heard in the order listed on the Public Hearing Agenda...