During the legislative session and throughout the year, CBIA member councils are involved in the most critical issues facing Connecticut businesses. Professionals serving on these councils help develop the association’s policy positions and often work closely with legislators and legislative committees to help lawmakers and the public better understand how government decisions impact the state’s businesses and economy. 

Here are some of these councils:
 
Government Affairs Council—Public policy and government affairs professionals from CBIA member companies assist the association in policy development and provide a forum to discuss critical policy and political issues facing employers in Connecticut.
 
Business Law and Liability Council—This group—representing a variety of industries including manufacturing, insurance, and services identifies and provides input on legislative actions and court rulings affecting business liability costs. Members may also meet with legislators and provide testimony at public hearings.
 
Environmental Policies Council (EPC) is Connecticut’s premier membership organization for environmental issues. The council includes professionals who are interested in keeping up-to-date on the latest environmental compliance requirements and in helping CBIA develop and advocate policy positions on environmental issues. 
 
Health Affairs Council—Benefits experts from companies interested in healthcare affordability and availability meet to help shape CBIA public policy positions before state legislative and regulatory bodies.
 
Labor and Employment Law Council—Attorneys and senior human resource managers specializing in this area of business law identify and provide input on legislative actions and court rulings affecting labor and employment law.  
 
Legal Affairs Council—This group of general counsels from CBIA member companies identify and review federal and state court cases that have an impact on the state’s economy. 
 
Manufacturers Advisory Council—Top executives in Connecticut manufacturing companies work to provide a strong, unified voice on issues critical to the challenges and competitiveness of manufacturers.   
 
Small Business Advisory Council—Top executives of small businesses work to provide focus and perspective on issues critical to the challenges and competitiveness of Connecticut’s smaller companies. They also identify and provide input on public policy initiatives at the State Capitol and in Washington.   
 
Taxation & Finance Committee—Experts from various industries across Connecticut help formulate the association’s public policy positions and recommendations on taxes.  
 
Unemployment Compensation Council—Managers and other professionals responsible for their company’s unemployment claims or taxes identify and provide input on unemployment public policy initiatives. Council members often meet with regulators and legislators to improve the state’s unemployment compensation system.  
 
Workers’ Compensation Council—Managers and other professionals responsible for their company’s workers’ compensation program identify and provide input on state workers’ compensation public policy and initiatives.  
 
For more information, contact CBIA’s Bonnie Stewart at 860.244.1925 or bonnie.stewart@cbia.com. For the Environmental Policies Council, contact CBIA’s Eric Brown at 860.244.1926 or eric.brown@cbia.com.