The Connecticut legislature and Governor Ned Lamont agreed on a biennial $24.2 billion state budget for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. The budget cuts taxes by $600 million and dedicates money to initiatives including mental health care, property tax relief and an extended consumer gas tax hold until December.
In an effort to reduce the burden on businesses – $40 million in federal pandemic funds are being allocated to reduce the estimated $493 million debt in the state’s unemployment trust fund.
● SB 4: Connecticut Clean Air Act (Passed). This bill allows DEEP to adopt California’s motor vehicle standards and requires DEEP to amend them as regulations are changed in California effective July 2022.
● SB 6: Personal Data and Privacy and Online Monitoring (Passed). This proposal is intended to improve the privacy of personal information and protect consumers’ data.
● SB 118: Use of Certain Polystyrene Products (Passed). It exempts raw meat and fish trays in supermarkets.
● SB 163: Protecting Employee Freedom of Speech and Conscience (Passed). This proposal allows employees to bring civil actions against an employer if the employee is required to attend a meeting they subjectively believe is discussing political matters, including legislation or regulations that impact business operations or employer involvement in civic or community events.
● SB 314: Protection of Warehouse Workers (Failed). The bill requires the labor commissioner have access to data, including covered employer-reported injury data and enforcement actions in warehouses.
● HB 115: Extended Producer Responsibility (Failed). This bill seeks to establish an extended producer responsibility mandate for packaging and printed material.
● HB 5146: Food Donation (Passed). The bill establishes a task force to study the implementation of a supermarket food donation program in the state which results in no fiscal impact.
● HB 5249: Non-Compete Agreements (Failed). This bill invalidates all no compete agreements if the employee is a non-exempt (hourly) employee.
● HB 5353: Fair Work Week Schedule (Failed). This bill requires employers in the retail industry with 500 or more employees to provide 14 days’ notice to employees of their work schedules.