Public Hearing On Permit Fees

CCDL ACTION ALERT

Public hearing on the proposed carry permit fee increases

The Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. in Room 2E at The Legislative Office Building (LOB) located at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford on the proposed permit fee increases.

The Governor’s proposal will limit the 2nd Amendment to only the wealthy with Bill No. 787 – AN ACT CONCERNING REVENUE ITEMS TO IMPLEMENT THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET.

This bill will raise the current carry permit application fee from $140 to $370 and raise the current renewal fee from $70 to $300. The Governor’s office has said this will put Connecticut in line with New York City’s fees. This is way above the fees the surrounding states charge for their permits. Surrounding state fee are:

  • New York’s range by country $100 – $130 for initial application with free renewals
  • Rhode Island $40
  • Massachusetts $100 for 6 years
  • New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine do not even require a permit, so they are FREE.

CCDL needs our members to attend this hearing on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. in Room 2E at the LOB to show our opposition to these fee increases.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to have your voice heard on this issue, please email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to: FINtestimony@cga.ct.gov

Be sure to cc your own legislators a copy of your testimony.

Members are encouraged to give oral testimony on how this fee increase will affect you and your family. Public speaker order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. in First Floor Atrium of the LOB. Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list. Please submit 35 copies of written testimony to the Committee staff by 9:30 A.M. in First Floor Atrium of the LOB. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to FINtestimony@cga.ct.gov . The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony. The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information.

SUBJECT MATTER: Governor’s Bill
S.B. No. 787 – AN ACT CONCERNING REVENUE ITEMS TO IMPLEMENT THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET.

Here are tips for providing testimony:

Introduce yourself (state your name and related bill) and indicate whether you support or oppose the bill, or are offering suggestions to improve it. Clearly explain your reasoning. It may be helpful to write your viewpoint out completely. Keep your remarks short, approximately three minutes. After your testimony ask if any Committee members have any questions.

If you have any questions email Ray Bevis, CCDL Legislative Coordinator at legislative@ccdl.us

Hearing Today

Reminder, today is a public hearing on another anti-gun bill. Please attend today if at all possible. Even if you are afraid to speak, you can attend as a show of solidarity. If you can not attend, there is still time to submit written testimony via email. All the info can be found here.

If you are attending, please keep a few things in mind.

  • No firearms or weapons of any kind allowed inside the building. This includes those credit card knives and keychain knives you may forget you have. There will be metal detectors at the door.
  • Because of the metal detectors, expect there to be a line getting in. The line may be long, so get there early to sign up to testify. You need to be in room 2500 before 9:30am to sign up.
  • Dress appropriately. Business casual or better. Show respect for the American legislative process, even though you oppose what some legislators are trying to do. No signs or props please.
  • Parking in and around the LOB can be limited. Get there as early as possible for the best parking. Parking info and directions to the LOB can be found here.
  • When you get there, look for other people with the CCDL logo. We’ll have people there to help you and answer any questions. We’ll also have small logo stickers you can wear. Make sure you get one and wear it when it can be seen. It quickly shows the legislators how many people support our positions.
  • There is a cafeteria where you can buy breakfast and lunch. After you sign in, you will usually find CCDL members there killing time before the hearing. Stop in and say hi!

Even if you can’t make it, you will still be able to watch the hearing live on the internet. You should be able to watch it at the following link starting at 10:30am. http://ct-n.com/CTNplayer.asp?livestream=1

Go Watch Them Vote Away Your Rights

CCDL-NRA-NSSF-CCS at the Capitol 04/03/13

The legislators have a gun bill. We’ll post the actual bill as soon as it’s public, but it’s not good. Assault Weapon ban/registration. Magazine ban/registration. Background checks to buy ammo. Pretty much everything they can think of.

They will be voting on this bill tomorrow.
CCDL, the NRA, the NSSF, and the Coalition Of Connecticut Sportsmen are all asking you for one more trip to Hartford. If they are going to take away our rights, they are going to do it to our faces. We are going to be there; watching.

Please help us fill buses to the Capitol in Hartford as we assemble in the gallery above the floor where critical votes will take place. This is a last stand to show our legislators that we will not go away and accept the proposal as our fate.
Senate session begins at 10:00am.

Pick Up Location:
Cabela’s
475 East Hartford Blvd. North
East Hartford, CT 06118

Buses will be running to the Capitol and back approximately every 1/2 hour to every hour in between peak times.

Hours of operation for buses:
8:30am-5:00pm Please come join us!

Be civil and and help us have a much needed presence.

CCDL wishes to thank the NRA for running these buses throughout the day!

Proposal to be voted on tomorrow:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/a-look-at-proposals-to-change-conn-gun-laws-that-lawmakers-are-calling-toughest-in-us/2013/04/01/4a8bf0fe-9b29-11e2-9219-51eb8387e8f1_story.html

Also, just a reminder. CCDL is free to join. We run everything on donations. I know the economy is bad, but legal challenges are expensive, even if the lawyers work pro bono. If you can afford it, please help us fight for YOUR rights.

Public Hearing and Press Conference – 3/22/2013

Reminder
Happenings at the LOB for Friday March 22nd:

Beth Bye will be holding an antigun press conference at 2:00pm in room 1B.

There will also be a hearing on 2 bills we should support. Details below, including where to email testimony. Remember this a budget committee, so focus on why they should spend money on this.

Appropriations Committee
PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA
Friday, March 22, 2013
10:00 AM in Room 2C of the LOB

The Appropriations Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2C of the LOB.  Please submit 60 copies of written testimony to Committee staff three hours prior to the start of the hearing in Room 2700 of the LOB.  Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:30 A.M. until 9:30 A.M. in Room 2700 of the LOB.  Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, State Agency Heads and Municipal Chief Elected Officials.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony. The Committee will accept electronic testimony via email at appropriationtestimo@cga.ct.gov for posting on the Committee’s website and inclusion in the hearing transcript. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information.  As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and will be indexed by internet search engines.  Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee.

Proposed S.B. No. 307 SEN. GUGLIELMO, 35th DIST. ‘AN ACT PROVIDING FUNDING FOR THE STATE-WIDE FIREARMS TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE’, to fund the state-wide firearms trafficking task force.
REF. APPROPRIATIONS

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That the sum of one million dollars be appropriated to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, from the General Fund, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, for the state-wide firearms trafficking task force.

Statement of Purpose:

To fund the state-wide firearms trafficking task force.

__________

Proposed H.B. No. 5561 REP. TONG, 147th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR THE STATE-WIDE FIREARMS TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE’, to fully fund the state-wide firearms trafficking task force to improve its ability to enforce Connecticut gun trafficking laws.
REF. APPROPRIATIONS

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That section 29-38e of the general statutes be amended to require that the state-wide firearms trafficking task force be fully funded to the extent necessary to accomplish the duties of the task force.

Statement of Purpose:

To fully fund the state-wide firearms trafficking task force to improve its ability to enforce Connecticut gun trafficking laws.

Senator Beth Bye Press Conference – 3/22/2013

UPDATE! The press conference has been moved. New time and date below!

Anti-gun state senator Beth Bye will be holding a press conference with equally anti-gun groups Connecticut Against Gun Violence and Newtown Alliance.

The press conference will be held Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:30am in room 2D Friday, March 22, 2013 at 2:00pm in room 1B of the Legislative Office Building (LOB). You can be sure whatever this group has to say will be about restricting the rights of lawful gun owners.

The press conference also seems to be timed for right before the next meeting of the Public Safety and Security Committee (11am, room 1E), where they will be voting on more bills. The agenda of that meeting has not been made public yet. I’ll put up another post when it is.

I know we’ve been spending a LOT of time at the LOB already, but if anyone has some free time, it would be good to attend.

CT-N TV Today

CT-N, the Connecticut Network, will be live streaming both the Public Safety and Security Committee meeting from 11am until 1pm, and the Insurance and Real Estate Committee public hearing from 12 noon until it ends.

You can find links to both here: http://ct-n.com/daily_schedule.asp
Feel free to comment on this post as you watch these 2 meetings.

Public Safety and Security Committee Meeting 3/19/2013

Tuesday, while you’re waiting to testify on the insurance bill, you might want to head over to the room next door and listen in on this meeting. The bills in bold are the ones we’re interested in. If you don’t know what “JF’ed” means, I added a quick explanation at the end of this post.

Public Safety and Security Committee
MEETING AGENDA
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
11:00 AM IN ROOM 2B OF THE LOB

I. CONVENE MEETING

II. REMARKS BY THE CHAIRS

III. BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR FINAL ACTION

1. S.B. No. 299 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNICATION AMONG STATE AND LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS DURING ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENTS. (PS,PS) (JF to Floor)

2. S.B. No. 506 (COMM) AN ACT REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL PRIVATE FIREARM SALES. (PS,PS) (JF to Floor)

3. S.B. No. 709 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING THE SILVER ALERT SYSTEM AND MAINTAINING THE PRIVACY OF A MISSING PERSON’S MEDICAL INFORMATION. (PS,PS) (JF to Floor)

4. S.B. No. 710 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING PERMITS FOR GUN SHOWS. (PS,PS) (JFS to Floor)

5. S.B. No. 897 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING REGULATION OF FIREARMS. (PS) (JF to Floor)

6. S.B. No. 929 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING CONSOLIDATION FUNCTIONS AND OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION SERVICES AND REGULATING SPECIAL EFFECTS DISPLAYS. (PS) (JFS to Floor)

7. S.B. No. 969 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING FEES CHARGED FOR CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECKS. (PS) (JF to FIN)

8. H.B. No. 5113 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING POOL SAFETY AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS. (PS,PS) (JFS to Floor)

9. H.B. No. 5117 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING INCREASED PENALTIES FOR FAILING TO STOP FOR SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS. (PS,PS) (JF to JUD)

10. H.B. No. 5277 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. (PS,PS) (JFS to Floor)

11. H.B. No. 5278 (COMM) AN ACT AUTHORIZING FIREFIGHTERS TO CONDUCT CHARITABLE FUNDRAISING BOOT DRIVES ON STATE HIGHWAYS. (PS,PS) (JF to Floor)

12. H.B. No. 6015 (COMM) AN ACT PROHIBITING THE CHARGING OF FEES FOR THE DISPATCH OF EMERGENCY SERVICES IN RESPONSE TO 9-1-1 CALLS. (PS,PS) (JF to Floor)

IV. ANNOUNCEMENT OF TIME AND DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The Public Safety & Security Committee will have a committee meeting on Thursday March 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM in Room 1E of the LOB.

V. ADJOURNMENT
________________________________

A quick explanation of Favorable or JF’ed Bills
If a committee believes a bill should be taken up by the full General Assembly, it
votes to give the bill a favorable report. And because the committee is a joint
(House and Senate) committee, the vote is a Joint Favorable Report. If the vote
is a favorable report but with substitute language, as discussed below, the vote is
a Joint Favorable Substitute. The common expression for such a bill is that it is
“JF’ed.” A bill can be JF’ed straight to the floor (sent to the House if a House bill,
to the Senate if a Senate bill), or it can be JF’ed to another committee (referred to
as a “change of reference”). A bill before the Public Health Committee that
created a criminal penalty for contaminating drinking water, for example, would
be JF’ed to the Judiciary Committee because it is the Judiciary Committee that
deals with criminal matters. In the Judiciary Committee it could be considered
and sent on to the floor as is, sent on with changes, sent to the Environment
Committee (which also has cognizance over clean water issues) voted against or
have no action taken on it.

2 Public Hearings This Week

We will have two public hearings to testify on this week. 

The first hearing is for a bill that would require firearm and self-defense insurance for all gun owners.

The second, on Friday, is a good one as it is a gun bill we can support – the reinstatement of the statewide gun trafficking task force.  There are two versions of the bill.  One specifies the dollar amount at 1 million the other doesn’t specify the funding.

Insurance and Real Estate Committee
PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
1:00 P.M. in Room 2C of the LOB. (Legislative Office Building)

Please submit 30 copies of written testimony to Committee staff at the time of the sign-ups. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB. The list of speakers registered thru the lottery system will be posted outside Room 2C of the LOB at 12:00 P.M. Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, State Agency Heads and Municipal Chief Elected Officials. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony. The Committee will accept electronic testimony via email at instestimony@cga.ct.gov. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken is public information. As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and will be indexed by internet search engines. Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee.

SUBJECT MATTER: Insurance Bill
 H.B. No. 6656 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR FIREARM POSSESSORS OR OWNERS. (INS), to require any person who possesses or owns a firearm to procure and maintain excess personal liability insurance and self defense insurance, and to require the Insurance Commissioner to adopt regulations to implement the provisions of this section.
REF. INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Appropriations Committee
PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA
Friday, March 22, 2013
10:00 AM in Room 2C of the LOB

The Appropriations Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2C of the LOB.  Please submit 60 copies of written testimony to Committee staff three hours prior to the start of the hearing in Room 2700 of the LOB.  Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:30 A.M. until 9:30 A.M. in Room 2700 of the LOB.  Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, State Agency Heads and Municipal Chief Elected Officials.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony. The Committee will accept electronic testimony via email at appropriationtestimo@cga.ct.gov for posting on the Committee’s website and inclusion in the hearing transcript. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information.  As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and will be indexed by internet search engines.  Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee.

Proposed S.B. No. 307 SEN. GUGLIELMO, 35th DIST. ‘AN ACT PROVIDING FUNDING FOR THE STATE-WIDE FIREARMS TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE’, to fund the state-wide firearms trafficking task force.
REF. APPROPRIATIONS

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That the sum of one million dollars be appropriated to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, from the General Fund, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, for the state-wide firearms trafficking task force.

Statement of Purpose:

To fund the state-wide firearms trafficking task force.

__________

Proposed H.B. No. 5561 REP. TONG, 147th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR THE STATE-WIDE FIREARMS TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE’, to fully fund the state-wide firearms trafficking task force to improve its ability to enforce Connecticut gun trafficking laws.
REF. APPROPRIATIONS

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That section 29-38e of the general statutes be amended to require that the state-wide firearms trafficking task force be fully funded to the extent necessary to accomplish the duties of the task force.

Statement of Purpose:

To fully fund the state-wide firearms trafficking task force to improve its ability to enforce Connecticut gun trafficking laws.

 

Public Hearing – Tuesday 3/19/2013

Alternate title – The Year Of 1000 Cuts

Here we go, another public hearing, this one mandates firearm and self defense insurance.

The Insurance and Real Estate Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. in Room 2C of the LOB.  Please submit 30 copies of written testimony to Committee staff at the time of the sign-ups.  Lottery numbers will be drawn from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB.  The list of speakers registered thru the lottery system will be posted outside Room 2C of the LOB at 12:00 P.M.  Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, State Agency Heads and Municipal Chief Elected Officials.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.  The Committee will accept electronic testimony via email at instestimony@cga.ct.gov.  All public hearing testimony, written and spoken is public information. As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and will be indexed by internet search engines. Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee.

SUBJECT MATTER: Insurance Bill
H.B. No. 6656 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE . ‘AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR FIREARM POSSESSORS OR OWNERS’, to require any person who possesses or owns a firearm to procure and maintain excess personal liability insurance and self defense insurance, and to require the Insurance Commissioner to adopt regulations to implement the provisions of this section.
REF. INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Insurance and Real Estate Committee


Yesterday’s Public Hearing

What a day!

The night before I went to bed early, hoping to grab a little extra sleep before what would most certainly be a long day. Unfortunately, going to bed early also apparently means waking up early. I woke up at 1:30am and tried for 90 minutes to fall back asleep before I gave up and worked on some CCDL stuff before heading up to Hartford at 6am with Lenny Benedetto.

From 7am until after 5pm I was at the LOB. Waiting on lines, seeing old friends and making new ones, keeping up with the over 100 comments on the blog, and yea, 3 whole minutes to tell the committee members there just how wrong and harmful the bills under consideration were.

Despite being dead tired and running on only 4hrs sleep, after coming home from the LOB I found myself up watching the testimony on CT-N until the bitter end – 2.30am.

I was just so damn proud of ALL those people, many of whom had been there 15-18hrs waiting for their “180 seconds to address 90 pages of legislation” as someone put it. I felt the least I could do was listen to what they had to say.  Of course that means I only ended up getting 2hrs sleep before work, but it’s a small price to pay.

 Guys and Gals, we’re doing a great thing. I don’t know if we will “win” or “lose” this session, but it was obvious to me CCDL’s 4yrs of hard work is starting to pay off. Almost every man, woman, and even child on our side was polite, educated, and dedicated.
Their side (the few that spoke) were confrontational, emotional but not factual, and most of the only 2 dozen that signed up to testify got tired and left after a few hours. By the time public testimony ended at 2:30am, our actual speakers outnumbered theirs 20 to 1.

My body is tired as hell, but my soul is energized.

Carry On!