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Public Hearing Alert – Judiciary & Planning and Development Committees – Monday, March 14th

Posted on March 11, 2022


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

There are two legislative proposals that are having public hearings early next week that are important to Norwalk and Darien as well as communities across the state.

I encourage all interested to submit written testimony and/or give virtual testimony.

One, the rise in crime, especially juvenile crime, across Connecticut is a growing concern in all 169 cities and towns. Vehicles — locked and unlocked — are being ransacked and stolen, and innocent victims have been carjacked while getting gas.

The House Republican Caucus understands your frustration with the misguided policies that are putting criminals back on the streets within hours of an arrest. Police officers say there’s nothing they can do until the laws are changed.

You can read the details of the legislative proposals by clicking the image below.

HB 5418- AN ACT REVISING JUVENILE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE STATUTES AND INSURANCE STATUTES CONCERNING THEFT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE – will, among other things:

  • Require a judge to order DCF to conduct a family investigation when a juvenile is charged with: a felony, a Class A Misdemeanor, a charge resulting from loss of life or serious physical injury, a sexual assault, a serious juvenile offense, or an offense involving use of a firearm
  • Require an automatic transfer to adult court for juveniles thirteen years or older charged with committing a class A felony a class B felony resulting in death, a violent sexual assault or a violent crime involving use of a firearm
  • Require juvenile matters be adjudicated in the district where the crime is alleged to have been committed
  • Require the state Judicial Department to report about its many juvenile diversionary programs, including an overview of each particular program, its costs, as well as its success in reducing recidivism

 

REGISTER TO TESTIFY BY CLICKING HERE

 

Registration will close on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 3:00 P.M.

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. via Zoom.

The public hearing can be viewed via YouTube Live.  In addition, the public hearing may be recorded and broadcast live on CT-N.com.

Individuals who wish to testify via Zoom must register using the On-line Testimony Registration Form.

Registration will close on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 3:00 P.M. Speaker order of approved registrants will be posted on the Judiciary Committee website on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. under Public Hearing Testimony.

Developing affordable housing options around mass transit ( also known as Transit Oriented Development) has been a much discussed topic for many years, especially in lower Fairfield County.

This session, there’s a proposal to expand “as of right” housing development that meets specific criteria, including those “with a minimum overall average gross density of fifteen dwelling units per acre located within a half-mile radius of any passenger rail or commuter rail station or any bus rapid transit station.”

This proposal will also mandate that any development “which includes six or more dwelling units on one lot, shall set aside not less than ten per cent of the dwelling units in a manner that meets the requirements of (1) assisted housing as defined in section 8-30g of the general statutes.”

On Monday, the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee is holding a public hearing via Zoom on HB 5429 – AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT.

 

REGISTER TO TESTIFY

Registration will close on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 3:00 P.M.

The Planning and Development Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. via Zoom. The public hearing can be viewed via YouTube Live.

In addition, the public hearing may be recorded and broadcast live on CT-N.com. Individuals who wish to testify via Zoom must register using the On-line Testimony Registration Form.

Registration will close on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 3:00 P.M. Speaker order of approved registrants will be posted on the Planning and Development Committee website on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. under Public Hearing Testimony.

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