Connecticut Land Conservation Council Updates: Good News from the Governor's Office and More!


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Dear Friends -
 
Last week was yet another busy one for land conservation, with good news to report! Please read on for further details.
  • Governor Malloy Approves SB70 and Vetoes HB5220
  • Sign-On Letter to Support Conservation Tax Incentive Bill  
  • CLCC Steering Committee Votes to Add New Members
  • Upcoming CLCC workshops
Thanks for all you do to make this good news happen!

All the best,
Amy  
  
Amy B. Paterson
Executive Director
State Policy Updates
 
Governor signs SB70 into law
On June 12 we received the good news that Governor Malloy signed into law SB70An Concerning The Grant Of Property Interests In Property Held By The Departments Of Agriculture And Energy And Environmental Protection And The Establishment Of A Public Use And Benefit Land Registry. This new law (P.A. 14-169) authorizes state officials to designate, identify, and protect lands that provide public use and benefit, including lands used for conservation, public enjoyment, or recreational purposes. 
 
In particular, the bill provides express authority to Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Department of Agriculture commissioners to protect lands of the respective agencies with a conservation restriction and also requires DEEP to establish an on-line registry with identifying information on land owned by state agencies, towns and land conservation organizations.

The passage of this bill was a top priority for CLCC and a coalition of partners including Audubon Connecticut, Connecticut Forest & Park Association, Rivers Alliance of CT and Sierra Club - CT Chapter, and the result of years of research and negotiations.

Governor vetoes HB5220 - Bad Tree Liability Bill 
Earlier last week, Governor Malloy vetoed HB5220, a bill which would have imposed liability on owners of private real property for the expenses of removing a tree or limb from a tree located on such property that falls on adjoining private real property.

CLCC joined a coalition of organizations in opposing the bill.  Click HERE for a link to the Governor's Veto message, which sums up the concerns and problems with the bill. 

Your Voices Were Heard!
Many thanks to those of you that took action in support of SB70 and in opposition to HB5220. 
 
Sign-On to Letter in Support of Conservation Tax Incentive
Latest News from the Land Trust Alliance --

We are one step closer to making the incentive permanent, but we now need to convince House leadership that this is a priority for their members and should be brought to the floor for a vote ASAP.    

The last several weeks have been a whirlwind of activity for the conservation tax incentive - culminating in its passage by the Ways & Means Committee 23-14, with all Republicans in favor. This is a historic first for the incentive - no bill to make it permanent had ever come before the committee.

Please consider signing your land trust onto THIS LETTER by Independent Sector (which represents charities in D.C.) asking all members of the House to vote for the conservation tax incentive and two other charitable provisions recently passed by the committee (the IRA charitable rollover and an enhanced deduction for donations of food inventory to food banks and related charities).
 
The letter asks for representatives to make these three important charitable provisions permanent. The more organizations that sign on, the larger impact we will have.

Stay up-to-date with the latest news HERE.
CLCC Steering Committee Welcomes New Members

On June 10, the nominations of the following individuals to serve a two-year term as members of the CLCC Steering Committee were approved by a quorum of current CLCC Steering Committee members, effective 30 days from today:

David Brown (Executive Director, Middlesex Land Trust)
Elisabeth Moore (Director of Conservation, Connecticut Farmland Trust)
Shirley Nichols (Executive Director, Darien Land Trust)
Catherine Rawson (Executive Director, Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust)

Please note that Steering Committee members serve as individuals and not as representatives of an organization. Organization names are listed for affiliation purposes only.

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) Articles of Association allow for up 
to 19 members on its Steering Committee. In considering new nominees we look for those with a depth of knowledge about land conservation in Connecticut, who represent geographically diverse parts if the state, and who will bring real added value to CLCC as it works to achieve its mission to ensure the long term strength and viability of land conservation in the state.
 
Any questions regarding this notice or for further information about CLCC, its Steering Committee, and opportunities to get more involved with our organization, please contact Executive Director Amy B. Paterson at 860-685-0785 or abpaterson@ctconservation.org
Register Today for CLCC June Workshops

Model Conservation Easement Training Series
Session 1:  The Nuts & Bolts of Conservation Easements



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John Engel
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