UPDATE (5/8/18): In an effort to get the bill called for a vote in the Senate, SB 7 has been shortened and streamlined, removing some of the provisions outlined below, but retaining the new emissions reduction target and most of the sea level rise provisions. (Revised SB 7 overview & full text)
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 passed the bill in a 19-11 vote. The bill now goes to the full Senate.