Yesterday, three key pieces of legislation I co-sponsored that address brownfields and veterans passed the House of Representatives yesterday (Wednesday, April 12, 2017).
House Bill 7229 would provide funding for brownfield remediation and authorize the creation of Connecticut brownfield land banks for the purpose of acquiring, remediating and selling brownfields on behalf of municipalities.
This bill is vital in helping to recover desirable locations, renovating abandoned buildings, and preserving historical landmarks. Cleaning up investments in brownfields help to revitalize Connecticut’s neighborhoods and communities and I will continue to support this bill as it makes its way to the senate.
The bill passed the House 147-1.
A second bill regarding brownfields, HB 7073, would modify one of the scheduled payment schedule provisions and provides deadline which owners that must pay retainage. It also allows for court costs and reasonable attorney fees to be included.
This bill will provide needed much enforcement tools for unpaid subcontractors and will clarify key aspects of the 2004 CGA statute 42-158j.
The bill passed the House 122-25. Connecticut Subcontractor Association (CSA) also supports it.
I was also pleased the House passed an amendment on HB 7110 that would allow a property tax exemption of up to $25,000 or 10% of such assessed value for the parent or spouse of a Gold Star recipient killed in action.
Connecticut is extremely proud of our veterans. These Gold Star recipients made the ultimate sacrifice in fighting for our country and it is vital that we show our appreciation by helping their loved ones.
This amendment also gives municipalities the option to implement this property tax exemption.
The bill with this amendment passed the House 148-0.
All pieces of legislation will now be heard before the Senate.
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