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March 24, 2022

LEGISLATIVE STATUS REPORT

SB-402 – AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING TO TEST FOR PFAS IN SHELLFISH – Status: Public hearing scheduled for March 25 before the Appropriations Committee. (CWWA monitoring) BANKING SB-180 - AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE INTEREST RATE FOR CERTAIN MUNICIPAL TAX LIENS – Provides that commencing on the date of the assignment, interest shall accrue on the delinquent portion of the principal of the assigned tax obligation at the rate of 12% per annum. Status: Approved by the Banking Committee, sent to the Senate. (CWWA monitoring) Committee. EDUCATION COMMITTEE HB-5038 - AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING EDUCATION – Builds on provisions adopted last year requiring technical education and career schools to meet with members of the business community and state colleges/universities that offer courses in public utility management. The bill authorizes the schools to convene regional or statewide meetings to address the workforce needs of the state’s utilities. Status: Public hearing scheduled for March 21 before the Education Committee. (CWWA supports Sec. 24) ENERGY & TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE SB-276 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF WATER COMPANIES – To: (1) Exempt loans that do not exceed five per cent of a water company's long-term debt from the formal Public Utilities Regulatory Authority review process, (2) increase the length of a rate case for water companies, (3) adjust cost-sharing mechanisms for water company overearnings, and (4) require rate cases every four years for large water companies. Status: Died in the Energy Committee. (CWWA supported Sections 1 and 2 and sought revisions to the remaining sections. HB-5201 - AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS IN THE ACQUISITION OF WATER COMPANIES - to require the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to consider public health concerns identified by the Department of Public Health in ordering water company acquisitions public health concerns, including, but not limited to, any closed or active consent decrees or deficiencies identified by the Department of Public Health relating to the water company. Status: Approved by the Energy Committee, sent to the House. (CWWA supports) 2 HB-5203 - AN ACT CONCERNING UTILITY COMPANY COST-SHARING MECHANISMS - to give PURA greater discretion to design utility revenue decoupling mechanisms or formulas, to require the authority to adopt cost sharing mechanisms for excess earnings that direct most of these earnings to ratepayers, and to make other changes affecting electric utility companies. Note: Some provisions impact all public service companies, including private water companies. Status: Amended and approved by the Energy Committee. (CWWA evaluating) ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE HB-5143 - AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN OFFICE OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES - to establish an Office of Aquatic Invasive Species to be able to effectively coordinate and address the problems posed by such species in the waters of the state. Status: Approved by the Environment Committee, sent to the House. (CWWA supports) HB-5296 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE OPEN SPACE AND WATERSHED LAND ACQUISITION PROGRAM – Increases funding for the program. Status: Awaiting action by the Environment Committee. (CWWA supports) SB-116 - AN ACT CONCERNING NOTIFICATION OF PESTICIDE APPLICATIONS NEAR LAKES AND PONDS - Eliminates the requirement that pesticide application businesses publish notice of a pesticide application on a private lake or pond with more than one shoreline property owner in a general circulation newspaper. The bill instead requires businesses to personally notify the shoreline owners or leave a conspicuous notice on an entry door of the home on the waterfront property. Status: Approved by the Environment Committee, sent to the Senate. (CWWA monitoring). SB-240 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF SODIUM CHLORIDE TO MITIGATE SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS - To provide training, certification, and protection from liability for roadside applicators of sodium chloride who use best practices when applying sodium chloride which, in turn, will reduce the environmental impact of such applications. Status: Awaiting action by the Environment Committee. (CWWA supports) FINANCE COMMITTEE HB-5404 - AN ACT CONCERNING A SALES AND USE TAXES EXEMPTION FOR WATER COMPANIES – Exempts goods and services purchased by water companies from the sales tax. Status: Awaiting action by the Finance Committee. (CWWA supports) Proposed SB-154 – AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE TO THE TOWN OF HEBRON FOR INSTALLATION OF A CONNECTION OF WATER LINES BETWEEN AMSTON LAKE AND THE VILLAGE CENTER – Status – Change of Reference to the Finance Committee. 3 Proposed SB-155 – AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE TO THE SOUTHEASTER CT WATER AUTHORITY TO UPGRADE A PUMP STATION, INCLUDING BY ADDING A STORAGE TANK, AND EXTEND AN EMERGENCY CONNECTION LINE INTO THE TOWN OF LEDYARD - Status – Change of Reference to the Finance Committee. SB-50 - AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR A SEWER AND WATER LINE PROJECT ALONG ROUTE 32 IN THE TOWN OF FRANKLIN - To provide funding for a sewer and water line project in the town of Franklin to expand industry and commerce along Route 32. GENERAL LAW COMMITTEE SB-6 – AN ACT CONCERNING PERSONAL DATA PRIVACY AND ONLINE MONITORING - To: (1) Establish (A) a framework for controlling and processing personal data, and (B) responsibilities and privacy protection standards for data controllers and processors; and (2) grant consumers the right to (A) access, correct, delete and obtain a copy of personal data, and (B) opt out of the processing of personal data for the purposes of (i) targeted advertising, (ii) certain sales of personal data, or (iii) profiling in furtherance of decisions that produce legal or similarly significant effects concerning consumers. Status: Approved by the General Law Committee, sent to the Senate. (CWWA seeking revisions) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE SB-473 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE CONTRACTING STANDARDS BOARD - To make revisions to provisions concerning the State Contracting Standards Board, including by giving the board authority over quasi-public agency and municipal procurement, requiring the hiring of full-time staff for the board, prohibiting the Governor from reducing allotments to the board and limiting the selection of contractors from a list without a competitive process to emergency procurements. Status: Awaiting action by the GAE Committee. SB-467 - AN ACT EXTENDING PERMITTING REMOTE PUBLIC MEETINGS UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2022 - To extend permitting remote public meetings under the Freedom of Information Act through December 31, 2022. Status: Awaiting action by the GAE Committee. HB-5491 - ACT CONCERNING THE STATE PROPERTIES REVIEW BOARD - To expand the purview of the State Properties Review Board to include licensing agreements and contracts entered into by additional state agencies, including DEEP programs such as the Open Space & Watershed Acquisition program. Status: Public hearing scheduled for March 25 before the GAE Committee. (CWWA monitoring) HB – 5492 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROCESS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND CIVIL PREPAREDNESS EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS - to modify the process of public health and civil 4 preparedness emergency declarations, including by requiring legislative approval for renewal declarations issued one hundred eighty days or more after the initial declaration, permitting the legislative disapproval of executive orders issued one hundred eighty days or more after the initial declaration and permitting the legislative disapproval of any declaration of civil preparedness emergency regardless of cause. Status: Awaiting action by the GAE Committee. HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE HB-5342 - AN ACT CONCERNING MEMBERSHIP OF THE LOW-INCOME ENERGY ADVISORY BOARD – Adds two representatives of a water company to the board, which oversees energy assistance programs, including water assistance. Status: Approved by the Human Services Committee, sent to the House. (CWWA supports) PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE SB-325 - AN ACT PROHIBITING CHARGES FOR WATER LINES LOCATED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AND NON-SERVICEABLE FIRE HYDRANTS – To prohibit water companies from assessing certain charges to municipalities and require them to obtain approval prior to the installation of water lines and hydrants. Status: Awaiting action by the Planning & Development Committee. (CWWA opposes) SB-322 - AN ACT CONCERNING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER OF THE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT COMMISSION - Status: Awaiting action by the Planning & Development Committee. (CWWA monitoring) SB-128 – AN ACT CONCERNING FORECLOSURE, ASSIGNMENT AND OTHER ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS FOR UNPAID SEWER ASSESSMENTS AND OTHER FEES AND CHARGES – To prohibit foreclosure, assignment and other enforcement actions for unpaid sewer assessment and other fees and charges in the case of owner-occupied real property for which the principal of such unpaid assessments, fees and charges is less $4,000. Status: Approved by the Planning & Development Committee, sent to the Senate. (CWWA monitoring) HB-5269 - AN ACT CONCERNING REMOTE MEETINGS UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT - To authorize municipal boards and commissions and other public agencies to hold remote or hybrid remote/in-person meetings beyond April 30, 2022. Status: Awaiting a public hearing before the Planning & Development Committee. (CWWA monitoring) HB-5165 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT - to (1) amend the process timeline for the revision and adoption of the state plan of conservation and development, and (2) extend to 2025 the application of the plan intended to cover 2018 to 2023, inclusive. Status: Approved by the House, sent to the Senate. (CWWA monitoring) 5 PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE SB-248 - AN ACT CONCERNING CONNECTICUT DRINKING WATER SUPPLY – to (1) provide that notification of proposed projects in an aquifer protection area may be provided to the water company electronically; and (2) require the Department of Public Health, in consultation with the water company, to determine that certain proposed solar installations will not have a significant adverse impact upon the purity and adequacy of the public drinking water supply. Status: Scheduled for a public hearing on March 21 before the Public Health Committee. (CWWA supports) HB-5482 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING LEGIONELLA MITIGATION - to require (1) each water company that supplies drinking water to one thousand or more persons and a hospital or nursing home to sample its water system quality, and (2) each water company that adds chlorine or chloramine to its drinking water or purchases chlorinated drinking water to maintain the residual disinfectant concentration in such water at a minimum of 0.1 parts per million. Status: Scheduled for a public hearing on March 21 before the Public Health Committee. (CWWA has concerns) SB-456 - AN ACT CONCERNING CLEAN AND SAFE WELL WATER – To amend DEEP’s 471 program to include the replacement or repair of contaminated wells. Status: Amended and approved by the Public Health Committee, sent to the Senate. (CWWA monitoring). HB-5484 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING PRIVATE AND SEMIPUBLIC WELL TESTING - to (1) require water quality testing of private or semipublic wells prior to the sale, exchange, purchase or transfer of real property and reporting of such test results to the local health authority and Department of Public Health, (2) eliminate arsenic and uranium from the list of contaminants for which a local director of health may require a private well or semipublic well be tested, and (3) require water quality testing for newly constructed private and semipublic wells. Status: Approved by the Public Health Committee sent to the House. (CWWA monitoring) HB-5485 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH’S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES - Status: Awaiting action by the Public Health Committee. (CWWA monitoring) HB-5500 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES - to make various revisions to the public health statutes. Status: Awaiting action by the Public Health Committee. (CWWA monitoring)

May 20, 2021

LEGISLATIVE STATUS REPORT

ADVANCED METER INSTALLATION HB-6100 - AN ACT CONCERNING DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION LICENSING AND ENFORCEMENT – Unfortunately, language to clarify that water utilities may use contractors to install/replace meters under an Advanced Meter Installation program rather than requiring water utilities to hire a licensed plumber and electrician to perform the work is expected to be deleted by an amendment, due to opposition from the union plumbers. Status: Awaiting action by the House. (CWWA supports amendment to exempt meter installations from definition of plumbing work) SAFE DRINKING WATER HB-6615 – AN ACT CONCERNING SAFE DRINKING WATER - Includes provisions 1) requiring water utilities to provide alternative water supplies in the event of a main break, loss of system, pressure or other event anticipated to last more than 8 hours and DPH determines may affect water quality or quantity; 2) requiring multilingual Tier 1 notifications; 3) requiring WebEOC reporting during a public health emergency; and 4) requiring environmental labs to notify DPH regarding certain test results. Status: Awaiting action by the House. (CWWA is negotiating language revisions with DPH, which are expected be added to HB-6666) WATER UTILITY FEES/CHARGES HB-6443 - AN ACT CONCERNING REVENUE ITEMS TO IMPLEMENT THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET The Safe Drinking Water Fee provisions have been stripped out of the bill. CWWA opposes provisions which would have made changes to the Safe Drinking Water fee by 1) increasing the fee to $2.69 per service connection; 2) eliminating the sunset provision which ensured that the fee would not become a permanent tax on water company customers; 3) eliminates provisions which ensure that the fee will be eliminated if DPH loses primacy; and 4) eliminates DPH’s annual reporting requirement to demonstrate how the funds have been used and how they have attempted to streamline costs. It is unclear whether these provisions will be reinstated as part of the negotiations to the budget and tax package. Status: Awaiting Action by the House. (CWWA opposes fee provisions) SB-969 - AN ACT PROHIBITING THE ASSESSMENT OF CERTAIN CHARGES AND REQUIRING APPROVAL FOR THE INSTALLATION OF WATER LINES AND HYDRANTS BY WATER COMPANIES Prohibits water companies from assessing certain fire service charges on municipalities and requires water companies to obtain approval prior to the installation of water lines and hydrants. Status: Died in the Planning & Development Committee. (CWWA opposed) 2 | P a g e SB-941 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSIGNMENT OF CERTAIN PROPERTY, TAX, WATER AND SEWER LIENS – As amended, the bill makes any lien assignment executed on or after July 1, 2022, unenforceable unless memorialized in a written contract between the assignee and municipality or authority. The contract must include the disclosure and other provisions the bill specifies. Status: Approved by the Senate, sent to the House. (CWWA opposed original bill) SB-968 – AN ACT CONCERNING FORECLOSURE, ASSIGNMENT AND OTHER ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS FOR UNPAID SEWER ASSESSMENTS AND OTHER FEES AND CHARGES - Prohibits foreclosure, assignment and other enforcement actions for unpaid sewer assessment and other fees and charges in the case of owner-occupied real property for which the principal of such unpaid assessments, fees and charges is less than ten thousand dollars. Status: Awaiting action by the Senate. (CWWA opposes, as drafted. The bill is expected to be amended to create a working group to address these issues) HB-6643 - AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL TAXATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AND THE MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX WAIVER - Authorizes municipalities to provide taxpayers, including municipal water customers, with a 90-day payment deferral and a reduced interest rate of 3% on delinquent payments. Status: Awaiting action by the House. (CWWA opposes) SB-1064 - AN ACT CONCERNING A WAIVER OF INTEREST ON PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS FOR CERTAIN REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY AND THE INTEREST RATE FOR CERTAIN TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS – Includes provisions which reduce the interest rate on delinquent water, sewer and other bills from 18% to 12%. Status: Awaiting action by the Senate. (CWWA opposes) CONSERVATION SB-863 - AN ACT CONCERNING ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS - to establish and update state appliance and equipment energy and water efficiency standards. Status: Died in the Energy & Technology Committee. (CWWA supported the intent) ENERGY SB-952 - AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN SOLAR PROJECTS - Increases the Virtual Net Metering (VNM) cap from $20 million to $30 million/year for municipal projects, provided a minimum of $5 million shall be set aside for municipalities considered “alliance districts”. The bill also 1) creates solar energy storage goals, (2) permits ownership of solar power generation facilities by electric distribution companies, and (3) directs DEEP and PURA to investigate solar energy development programs. Status: VNM provisions stripped from bill. Approved by the Energy Committee, sent to the Senate. HB-6523 - AN ACT CONCERNING VIRTUAL NET METERING CREDITS FOR MANUFACTURERS IN DISTRESSED MUNICIPALITIES – Increases the cap on Virtual Net Metering from $20 million to $30 million and provides that the additional $10 million must be made available to 3 | P a g e manufacturers in distressed municipalities. Status: Awaiting action by the House. (CWWA monitoring) ENVIRONMENT HB-6498 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE SITING OF SOLAR FACILITIES ON CERTAIN FARMLANDS - To provide for increased review of proposals to site solar facilities on certain farmlands and land that is core forest. Status: Died in the Environment Committee. (CWWA requested language to address watershed lands) SB-924 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE STAFFING AND RESOURCES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION - Requires the preparation of a report by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection that provides an accounting of agency staffing positions paid for from the revenues of the Passport to the Parks account and that assesses the effect of impending agency staff retirements on the viability and efficacy of current and planned agency programs and responsibilities. Status: Awaiting action by the Senate. (CWWA monitoring) LABOR HB-6536 - AN ACT REQUIRING ADEQUATE EQUIPMENT AND REIMBURSEMENT FOR EMPLOYEES WORKING FROM HOME – Requires an employer to reimburse an employee for all necessary expenditures incurred by the employee within his or her scope of employment and directly related to services performed for the employer. Under the bill, an employer is any person engaged in business who has one or more employees, including the state and its political subdivisions. Under the bill, “necessary expenditures” generally include expenditures the employer requires of the employee to perform his or her work duties that primarily benefit the employer (e.g., equipment, technology, and office supplies). But it excludes certain expenditures, such as those an employee agrees to incur before being assigned to work from home. Status: Died in the Appropriations Committee. (CWWA opposes) PFAS RELATED PROPOSALS HB- 6439 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE THIRTIETH, 2023, AND MAKING APPROPRIATIONS THEREFOR – Includes funding to implement Certain Recommendations of PFAS Task Force – DPH: $408,000 in FY 22 and $420,000 in FY 23 for one Toxicologist, one Laboratory Consultant, one Chemist, and one Environmental Analyst to assist with updating standards and action levels for drinking water, review laboratories to become approved for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) testing, implement PFAS testing of drinking water at the State's public health laboratory, support testing of public water systems, and educate stakeholders to protect the public health from the impacts of PFAS in drinking water. Also recommended is $100,000 for laboratory testing supplies. Also includes funding of $110,548 in FY 22 and $114,800 in FY 23 to support one Engineer Intern to enhance the State’s response to drinking water issues in schools undergoing 4 | P a g e construction projects, and one Environmental Analyst to assist the agency in its continued administration of safe drinking water standards for public drinking water. Status: Awaiting action by the House. (CWWA supports) SB-887 - AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER PURPOSES – Includes Grants-in-aid to municipalities for the purpose of providing potable water and for assessment and remedial action to address pollution from perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl containing substances, not exceeding $1,150,000. Status: Awaiting action by the Senate. SB-837- AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF PERFLUOROALKYL OR POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES IN CLASS B FIREFIGHTING FOAM - Prohibits the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS for training purposes and establish a take-back program for such products and prohibits the sale of consumer packaging that contains PFAS. Status: Approved by the Senate, sent to the House. (CWWA Supports) SB- 926 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENCE OF PFAS IN CERTAIN CONSUMER PACKAGING – Prohibits the sale of consumer packaging that contains PFAS. Status: Incorporated into SB837. (CWWA monitoring) PURA SB-855 (File 78) - AN ACT CONCERNING THE DECOUPLING OF THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION - Decouples the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Status: Awaiting action by the Senate; File #78, Cal. #79. (CWWA monitoring) WATER QUALITY HB-6384 Public Act 21-12 - AN ACT CONCERNING AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES' EFFECTS ON LAKES AND RELATED FUNDING – Requires the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) to develop a report to determine whether funding under the Aquatic Invasive Species Stamp program is sufficient, how funds have been used, and whether additional funding mechanisms are needed. Status: Awaiting the Governor’s signature. (CWWA supports) SB‑1031 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF SODIUM CHLORIDE TO MITIGATE ICE AND SNOW ACCUMULATIONS - Requires DEEP and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to work with UConn’s Tech Transfer (T2) Center to conduct training for roadside salt applicators. The bill also 1) establishes a salt applicator certification program within DEEP, which the commissioner must administer and enforce within available resources; 2) requires each local health district, by January 1, 2022, to establish an electronic reporting system for owners of homes and wells damaged by sodium chloride run-off; and 3) requires any person who installs residential water 5 | P a g e treatment systems, including automatic water softeners or tanks, to test a customer’s drinking water for sodium and chloride before recommending installation of an automatic water softener or tank. A registered environmental laboratory must perform the testing. Status: Died in the Appropriations Committee. SB-834 - AN ACT CONCERNING WATER QUALITY NOTIFICATION - Requires the owner of a property to notify each tenant and lessee of such property of the results of certain water quality tests. Status: Expected to be incorporated into HB-6666. (CWWA monitoring) SB-1065 - AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF MUNICIPALITIES AND HOMEOWNERS WITH WELL WATER CONTAMINATED WITH URANIUM – Requires DPH and the Office of Policy and Management to conduct a study of municipalities in the state where the commissioner reasonably believes that the groundwater is contaminated with uranium. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, an examination of (1) the levels of uranium in such groundwater, (2) the number of private residential wells affected by the presence of uranium, and (3) the available resources of the Department of Public Health, local health departments and municipalities to provide assistance to homeowners and other individuals who use such wells. Status: Died in the Appropriations Committee. (CWWA monitoring) INFRASTRUCTURE HB-6441 – AN ACT CONCERNING CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION – The Governor’s proposal includes provisions expanding the ability of the Green Bank to invest in water, waste and recycling, climate adaptation and resilience, agriculture, land conservation, parks and recreation, and environmental markets like with carbon offsets, and it would be allowed to utilize its bonding authority, as well as seek federal funding, to raise capital to invest in and stimulate more private investment in such projects in Connecticut. Provides that the Green Bank may not use Clean Water Funds or funds collected from a water company. Status: Awaiting action by the House. (CWWA supports certain provisions) SB-150 - AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CONNECTICUT INFRASTRUCTURE AUTHORITY - to: (1) Establish a new quasi-public agency to facilitate and finance the development of public infrastructure projects with the highest quality standards at the lowest cost, (2) prioritize the public's interest in public infrastructure projects and build the foundation of a thriving economy, (3) create and retain construction and maintenance jobs in this state, and (4) encourage the use of innovation, efficiencies, best practices and technology to deliver the most functional, reliable and advanced public infrastructure projects to the residents of this state. Status: Awaiting action by the Senate; File #106, Cal. #115. (CWWA monitoring) SB-887 - AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER PURPOSES – Includes funding for the Clean Water Fund and $5 million in FY22 and FY23 for the state’s Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Program. Status: Awaiting action by the Senate. 6 | P a g e HB-6666 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES – Implements DPH's recommendations regarding various revisions to the public health statutes, including language which authorizes DPH to approve a replacement well in other communities provided such well is 1) necessary to meet current system demands; (2) located in an aquifer of adequate water quality determined by historical water quality data from the well it replaces; and (3) in a more protected location when compared to the well it is to replace. Status: Awaiting action by the House. Expected to be amended to include language from HB-6615 and SB-834. (CWWA supports). OPERATIONS HB-6501 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE STREAMLINING OF CERTAIN PROGRAMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION – Includes the following provisions: 1) Imposes an annual permit fee of $200 on any person or business and a $100 permit fee of any municipality authorized to engage in a regulated activity covered by a general permit. Also requires entities to register and obtain approval from DEEP before the activity is authorized; and 2) Makes changes regarding CEU requirements and certification of Wastewater Treatment Facility Operators. Status: Approved by the House, sent to the Senate. (CWWA monitoring) SB-858 - AN ACT CONCERNING CALL BEFORE YOU DIG PROGRAM VIOLATIONS AND CERTAIN MODIFICATIONS TO GAS PIPELINES PROCESSES – Requires that penalties for violations of the “Call Before You Dig” law’s marking requirements be directly paid by the entity being penalized by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), without recovering the penalty from a third party (e.g., a contractor working for the penalized entity). It also establishes a process by which the PURA commissioners can stop the work on a Call Before You Dig project if there is an immediate life-threatening hazard resulting from a willful violation of the law. Status: Awaiting action by the Senate. (exempts municipalities from the scope of the bill). (CWWA monitoring) HB–5598 - AN ACT CONCERNING A PROPERTY OWNER'S LIABILITY FOR THE EXPENSES OF REMOVING A FALLEN TREE OR LIMB - Imposes liability on certain owners of real property for the expenses of removing a tree or limb that falls on an adjoining owner's private real property. The bill exempts water companies and other entities. Status: Awaiting action by the House. (CWWA monitoring) SB-700 (File No. 76) - AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF DAMS AND SIMILAR STRUCTURES BY OWNERS OF REAL PROPERTY - Requires the owner of real property on which a dam or similar structure is located to record such dam or structure on the land records of the municipality in which such real property is located, notify a potential buyer of such real property of the existence of such dam or structure and disclose the existence of such dam or structure on a residential disclosure report. Status: Awaiting action by the Senate; File #76, Cal. #77. (CWWA monitoring) 7 | P a g e PRIVACY – DATA SB-893 - AN ACT CONCERNING CONSUMER PRIVACY - Establishes a framework for controlling and processing personal data by: 1) establishing responsibilities and privacy protection standards for data controllers (those that determine the purpose and means of processing personal data) and processors (those that process data for a controller); 2) granting consumers the right to access, correct, delete, and obtain a copy of personal data and to opt out of the processing of personal data for certain purposes (e.g., targeted advertising); 3) requiring data protection assessments; 4) authorizing the attorney general to bring an action to enforce the bill’s requirements; and 5) subjecting violators to a $7,500 civil fine per violation. Status: Awaiting action by the Senate. (CWWA opposes) HB-5310 – AN ACT CONCERNING DATA PRIVACY BREACHES - Extends the data breach notification requirements to include anyone who owns, licenses, or maintains computerized data that includes personal information (data managers), rather than just those who do so in the ordinary course of doing business in the state. The data breach notification law generally requires data managers to disclose a security breach without unreasonable delay to state residents whose personal information has been, or is reasonably believed to have been, accessed by an unauthorized person. The bill generally shortens the maximum notification period, from 90 to 60 days after the security breach was discovered, for data managers to inform consumers and the attorney general. It also narrows the circumstances under which those who own or license computerized data with breached information must offer residents appropriate identity theft prevention or mitigation services. Status: Awaiting action by the House. (CWWA monitoring) WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SB-413 - AN ACT EXEMPTING VETERANS FROM THE FEES FOR APPLICATION OR RENEWAL OF OCCUPATIONAL LICENSES - Exempts veterans from the fees for application or renewal of occupational licenses. Status: Died in the Finance Committee. MISCELLANEOUS HB-6617 - AN ACT CONCERNING AUTHORIZATION OF STATE GRANT COMMITMENTS FOR SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS AND REVISIONS TO THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS STATUTES Authorizes state grant commitments for school building projects; to require that all plans for a school building project submitted on and after July 1, 2022, provide for the installation of water bottle filling stations; and to require boards of education to be responsible for establishing or reestablishing school building committees for school building projects. Committee. Status: Awaiting action by the House. (CWWA monitoring)

May 9, 2022

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Fire Service Charges Bill Dead CWWA is pleased to report that SB-325, which would have prohibited water companies from assessing municipalities for certain service lines and fire hydrants, died in the House. The legislature adjourned at midnight last night and no special sessions are anticipated. The bill had been approved by the Senate in a 32-3 vote. CWWA and a team of water lobbyists, see below, remained vigilant until the the legislature adjourned to ensure that the bill was not called. A last minute push by the proponent of the bill was squelched in the House. A big thanks to our members who testified against the bill or reached out to contact their legislators to oppose the measure. Also, thank you to our Legislative Tri-Chairs, Lori Vitagliano, RWA, Maureen Westbrook, Connecticut Water Company, and Pat Kearney, Manchester Water, CWWA President Dan Lawrence, Aquarion Water Company, and our all of our Board and Legislative Committee members. Your input and voice on these issues is critical to our success. In another big win, legislation was adopted restoring the sales tax exemption for goods and services purchased by private water companies to maintain, operate, manage, or control a pond, lake, reservoir, stream, well, or distributing plant or system that supplies water to at least 50 customers. EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2022, and applicable to sales occurring on or after that date. The language is incorporated in HB-5506, the budget bill. CWWA also worked with the state Department of Health (DPH) Drinking Water Section on language incorporated into HB-5500, DPH’s revisions bill. As amended, the bill includes language in Sec. 62 requiring the DPH commissioner to convene a working group on legionella prevention and mitigation in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities and report to the Public Health Committee by December 31, 2022, on the working group’s findings and recommendations. CWWA had concerns with the original bill, which died in committee. Download CWWA's Legislative Wrap-Up for information on other bills considered during the 2022 legislative session. A detailed "Summary of New Laws affecting the Water Industry" will be available soon. A huge thank you to our great team of water lobbyists. Working together, the water industry had a very successful legislative session: Fritz Conway, Mike Doyle, Brendan Fox, Steve Kinney, and Jay Malcynsky of Gaffney Bennett and Associates Rich Hanratty of Connecticut Water Company James Berardino of CT Lobbying Group LLC Matt Hallisey of Matthew Hallisey Government Affairs LLC Andy Markowski of Statehouse Associates LLC Armando Paolino of Paolino Public Affairs LLC Please contact me if you have any questions. Betsy Gara Executive Director CWWA gara@gmlobbying.com 860-841-7350

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