Submit Testimony to Protect Public Lands - Public Hearing 2/27/17

Your Testimony is Needed!  

Public Hearing Monday (2/27) to Protect Public Lands

On Monday, February 27, the Government Administration and Elections (GAE) Committee is holding a public hearing on Senate Joint Resolution 39, “Resolution Approving an Amendment to the State Constitution to Protect Real Property Held or Controlled by the State.” (S.J.R. 39).  

S.J.R. 39 would help ensure that public lands are not given away, sold, or traded without adequate public input.  

BACKGROUND:  Last year the General Assembly passed a resolution that would place a referendum question on the ballot to amend the state constitution to better protect your public lands (state parks, forests, wildlife management areas, state-owned agricultural lands, etc.). This resolution has to be passed a second time by the General Assembly to make it on the ballot in 2018. 

Your testimony for this critical public hearing is needed by Monday!  Thank you for taking action!  

With appreciation - 

Amy

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director

Please submit your testimony by Monday!

 

ACTION:   Submit testimony in SUPPORT of Senate Joint Resolution 39, “Resolution Approving an Amendment to the State Constitution to Protect Real Property Held or Controlled by the State.” (Public Hearing 2/27)

HOW:  

  • Email Your Testimony: Please email your testimony to gaetestimony@cga.ct.gov (pdf or word format preferred), with "GAE Committee Testimony", S.J.R 39, and "2/27" in subject line. 
  • Contact your Legislators: Send them a copy of your testimony. Click HERE to find your legislators' contact information. (Please blind copy us on your email too)
  • Organizations, businesses or other entities - please use your official letterhead.  
  • Individuals - include your name and town.

TALKING POINTS:  

  • Passage of S.J.R 39 would provide the public with the opportunity to vote at the ballot box in 2018 on whether to amend the state constitution to better protect public lands.
  • State Parks and other public lands are important to our quality of life and strong economy. They protect our air and water, provide important wildlife habitat and offer us affordable places to visit and recreate.
  • Add your own personal message about why a certain State Park/Forest/Wildlife Management Area is special to you and your community.
  • State Parks and other public lands are investments worth protecting, attracting 8-9 million visitors/year, generating over $1 billion in revenues and supporting over 9,000 private sector jobs per year.  
  • Other states, including Maine, Massachusetts and New York have constitutional protections for their public lands. Please allow us to vote on whether to do the same in Connecticut.

Additional information and talking points may be found in a Frequently Asked Question paper and a one-pager prepared by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association.

PUBLIC HEARING INFORMATION:  A public hearing on Senate Joint Resolution 39 will be held on Monday, February 27, 10:00am, by the Government Administration and Elections Committee, in Room 1A, Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford. 

Please contact abpaterson@ctconservation.org if you would like to testify at the public hearing or need assistance submitting your comments. 

Thank you for taking action!