Next week, the Government Affairs Report will have a more in-depth look at the 2009 General Assembly. Meanwhile, it is important to note that:

  • Education: a measure containing several proposals aimed at improving education, including high school reform, failed to gain approval on the last day of the session.
  • Energy: proposals to create a state power authority and take away the ability of some consumers to choose their electricity suppliers died.
  • Brownfields: a major brownfield development bill that many hope will help foster the revitalization of these often abandoned and contaminated sites was approved.
  • Small businesses: Gov. Rell has already signed a new law requiring proposed state regulations to include an analysis of how they might affect small businesses in Connecticut.
  • Green jobs: a measure giving the DECD the ability to apply for federal grants to promote green jobs and green energy conservation and investment was approved.

For more information about the 2009 session, contact CBIA’s Bonnie Stewart at 860-244-1925 or