CBA Capitol e-newsletter
February 16, 2010

The 2010 regular legislative session, a short session, commences on February 1, 2010, and adjourns on May 5, 2010. Deadlines for raising bills in committees are February 18 and 19.

What's happening at the Capitol. On February 9, 2010, CBA Secretary Anne C. Dranginis appeared on behalf of the CBA and testified before the Appropriations Committee concerning the Governor's proposed adjustments to the Judicial Branch's budget. The CBA urged support for adequate funding for the Judicial Branch and legal aid. Click here to view her written testimony. On the same date, former CBA president and current CBA Human Rights & Responsibilities Section Executive Committee member Barbara J. Collins appeared and testified before the Appropriations Committee on behalf of the section to advocate for sufficient funding to enable the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities to perform its current existing legislative mandates. Click here to view the written testimony filed by Alix Simonetti, legislative liaison for the Human Rights & Responsibilities Section.

On Wednesday, February 10, the Judiciary Committee introduced House Bill 5148, An Act Concerning Funding for the Judicial Branch. The purpose of the bill is to exempt the Judicial Branch from a requirement to reduce its other expenses account to the fiscal year 2007 level, and revise the process with respect to recommended appropriations for, and the reduction of allotment requisitions by, the Judicial Branch. The bill will be a top legislative priority of the CBA this session.

Most meetings, public hearings, and events that were scheduled on Wednesday, February 10, were cancelled due to inclement weather, including the Judiciary Committee's public hearing and meeting on re-nominations of judges and workers' compensation commissioners. That public hearing and meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 17. Click here to view the February 17 public hearing agenda.

The Legislative Office Building and State Capitol were closed for holidays on Friday, February 12, 2010 and Monday, February 15.

Looking ahead at the Capitol. The following committees are planning on holding public hearings on Tuesday, February 16 (click on the name of the committee to view the public hearing agenda): Select Committee on Aging, General Law Committee, Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee, Insurance and Real Estate Committee, and Commerce Committee.

On Wednesday, February 17, the following committees are scheduled to hold public hearings: Transportation Committee (agenda not yet available) and Judiciary Committee. Committees scheduled to hold public hearings on Thursday, February 18 include: Public Safety and Security Committee, Insurance and Real Estate Committee(agenda not yet available), and Labor and Public Employees Committee. The Appropriations Committee continues to hold public hearings each evening from February 16 through February 19 on the Governor's proposed budget adjustments. This is not an exhaustive listing and other public hearings may be scheduled after this e-newsletter is published.

Legislative committees will be holding committee meetings throughout the week to raise legislative concepts and bills.

Looking ahead at the CBA. The next regular meeting of the CBA House of Delegates is March 8, 2010. The deadline for submitting requests for inclusion on the House's agenda is February 26, 2010.

CBA Legislation Review Committee meeting schedule, procedures. The LRC shall meet via teleconference at 9 a.m. on each Friday from February 12 through March 26, 2010. The deadline for submitting requests and required materials to CBA legislative staff to be included on the regularly scheduled LRC meeting agenda shall be no later than 2 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the scheduled meeting. If no requests are received by the scheduled deadline, CBA legislative staff will notify LRC members, sections, and committees in advance that the scheduled meeting that week is cancelled.

Legislative agenda. The CBA's legislative agenda consists of several association, section, and committee positions. For more information about the legislative agenda and other legislative information, including policies and a link to the legislature's home page, check out Capitol Update on the CBA homepage. Click here (Please note that link requires CBA member login and password information.)