CBIA member councils and committees continue to meet with state policymakers and issues experts on the subjects of concern to Connecticut employers and employees.

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Members of CBIA's Manufacturers and Small Business advisory boards listen to state legislative leaders at a recent meeting in Hartford.

Here’s a brief wrap-up of recent activity:

Business Law and Liability Council

  • November 19
  • Guest: Andrew Wynne, Senior Director, State Legislative Affairs, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
  • Topics: Status and ranking of the various states’ legal climates
  • Contact: Louise DiCocco

E2: Energy and Environment Council

  • Friday, Jan. 15
  • Guest speakers: Art Maguer, Jaimeson Sinclair and Richard Rodrigue of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; Karl Wagener, executive director, Connecticut Council of Environmental Quality
  • Topics: (Water Quality Committee) EPA’s E-Reporting Rule and net DMR Process; Council on Environmental Quality’s draft report and proposed recommendations; (Air Quality Committee) new annual emissions reporting requirements; (Energy Committee) electric grid modernization plans; (Waste Committee) latest developments on spill reporting, RSR revisions, brownfields and permitting.
  • Contact: Eric Brown

Government Affairs Council

  • Thursday, Jan. 21
  • Guests: Brian Durand, Gov. Malloy’s chief of staff; Paul Mounds, senior director of policy and government affairs
  • Topics: Rebuilding business confidence, state fiscal policy, the Governor’s transportation, energy, and workforce development efforts.
  • Contact: Bonnie Stewart

Labor and Employment Law Council

  • Friday, Jan. 22
  • Guest: Sen. Cathy Osten (D-Baltic)
  • Topic: Proposal to reform the claims process of the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities; and pre-legislative session update
  • Contact: Eric Gjede

Manufacturers Advisory Council and Small Business Advisory Council

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22
  • Guests: House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) and House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby)
  • Contact: Jill Coppola

Taxation and Finance Committee

  • Thursday, Jan. 21
  • Guest: Alan Clavette, a member of the State Tax Study Panel
  • Topics: The State Tax Panel’s report and recommendations; update on the report of the Commission Economic Competitiveness; and the Tax and Finance Committee's priorities for the upcoming session and next steps.
  • Contact: Bonnie Stewart

Workers’ Compensation Council

  • Thursday, Jan. 21
  • Topics: The upcoming 2016 legislative session (starting Wednesday, February 3), various workers’ compensation issues expected to arise during the session, and strategy to address them
  • Contact: Louise DiCocco