The legislature’s General Law Committee this week amended SB 210 to remove language pushing Connecticut’s Chemical Innovations Institute into the realm of public policy advocacy.

Originally, the proposal would have required the Institute to provide the legislature with an annual list of “chemicals of high toxic concern.” As amended, the bill no longer contains that mandate.

Last year, the legislature created the Chemical Innovations Institute as a vehicle for advancing research and education in the area of green chemistry. It is a promising, collaborative and market-driven approach that should be kept out of political waters.

CBIA especially appreciates the work of the committee’s co-chair, Sen. Paul Doyle (D-Wethersfield) for introducing the amendment, along with ranking member Rep. Rosa Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), Sen. John Kissel (R- Enfield), Rep. Loni Reed (D-Branford) and Rep. Frank Nicastro (D-Bristol) for speaking in bipartisan support of the amendment at the meeting.

For more information, contact CBIA’s Eric Brown at 860.244.1926 or eric.brown@cbia.com.