Our State legislation
Connecticut state legislative report and advocacy:
The Conservation Committee tracks state legislation pertaining to environmental issues. When club members agree on an important issue, they urge elected and appointed officials to take action. Some issues the club has spoken out on in the past decade include expanding the bottle deposit, strengthening state regulations to help fight the Asian longhorn beetle and the ash borer, expanding Connecticut’s list of prohibited invasive species, and advocacy for protection of open spaces and clean drinking water. (Click here to read our members’ testimony.)
Lobbying and advocacy are part of the work done by Garden Club of America members. To guide, members through the “dos and don’ts” of issue politics for nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, the Spring issue of ConWatch published this article (click here to read the article).
Connecticut League of Conservation (CTLCV) works to promote pro-environment legislation at the Connecticut General Assembly. Visit www.ctlcv.org for legislative updates on many issues.
Issues currently on CTLCV watch list
The 2017 legislative session convened on January 4, 2017. There is a new political landscape at the State Capital with new committee leadership and an ambitious environmental agenda. Thousands of bills have been introduced and public hearings have begun. Important votes will follow in the next few weeks. Click HERE for updates because position on bills can change when they are modified at any point during the session. See some of the bills below.
Below is of The CTLCV watch-list as of March 2017
Visit CT League of Conservation Voters WEBSITE for complete updates and information
NAL GOES TO WASHINGTON:
The National Affairs and Legislation (NAL) Committee keeps the GCA membership current on federal policy initiatives that relate to the GCA's mission; identifies advocacy opportunities based on the GCA's Position Papers; and plans and executes the annual NAL meeting in Washington, D.C.
February 27 - March 1, 2017: Washington D.C., 300 members of GCA garden clubs tackled the tough issues that challenge our environment and discussed them with their legislators. With a focus on the subjects of the eight GCA position papers, we heard from scientists and researchers about the impact of climate change on our food supply, our national parks, our air, our water, and our planted world. We learned about the problems of our dated infrastructure and the visual blight of digital billboards. Our nations policymakers are discussing how they intend to balance the country’s economic needs with the long-term need to protect and preserve the world we live in. The discussions were enlightening and passionate.
Diane Stoner and Martha Phillips went to Washington...
The Garden Club of America annual National Affairs & Legislation conference sponsored by GCA convened the last week of February 2017 in Washington DC. Attendees from all zones were present. Zone II had representation from every club in our zone. The first day was optional trips around Washington, the second was at the Renaissance Hotel with speakers all day covering issues important to GCA. Clean water, air, National Parks and the Land and Water Conservation Fund were explained in detail. Over half of the attendees were first timers. The third day of the conference was held at the newly constructed Visitor’s Center between the Capitol and Supreme Court. The speakers this third day were elected members of Congress or staffers and covered a variety of views on our issues. The final day, Thursday, we all went to the pre-arranged appointments with members of our congressional delegation. Martha Phillips, our club delegate, and I visited Elizabeth Esty’s office and had a meeting with her aide responsible for environmental issues. We then walked to the Senate side of Capitol Hill to meet with Senator’s Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy at the Russel Building. Everyone left the meeting impressed with our representatives' careful attention to the issue of importance to us and the feeling by all that this is democracy at work at its most elemental level.
This conference is an exhausting four days but GCA always has an impact in that all attendees meet with their elected representatives from all over the country. I always come away impressed with the respect GCA is viewed with by everyone. Our over 30 years of these meetings pay dividends for all of us.
Diane B. Stoner
The Garden Club of America’s committees on conservation and national affairs and legislation keep an eye on developing conservation issues and federal legislation and regulations pertaining to them. The GCA has adopted position papers on half a dozen topics. These papers form the basis for lobbying and advocacy issues undertaken on behalf of the GCA. To see to position papers, click here.
Conservation Watch (Con Watch) - Spring 2017
Most Recent Legislative Update PUBLICATION: 115th Congress, 1st Session — February 6, 2017 Update #1 CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT THREATS—ACT NOW! - The LU is produced by the National Affairs & Legislation Committee. Its purpose is to alert GCA clubs and their members to committee hearings, bills actively before Congress, and administrative rule-making by agencies requesting comments. Issues covered include those areas that relate to the GCA’s commitment to restoring, improving, and protecting the quality of the environment.