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Substitute Senate Bill No. 445

Public Act No. 04-209

AN ACT CONCERNING JURISDICTION OF MUNICIPAL INLAND WETLANDS COMMISSIONS.

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

Section 1. Section 22a-41 of the general statutes is amended by adding subsections (c) and (d) as follows (Effective from passage):

(NEW) (c) For purposes of this section, (1) "wetlands or watercourses" includes aquatic, plant or animal life and habitats in wetlands or watercourses, and (2) "habitats" means areas or environments in which an organism or biological population normally lives or occurs.

(NEW) (d) A municipal inland wetlands agency shall not deny or condition an application for a regulated activity in an area outside wetlands or watercourses on the basis of an impact or effect on aquatic, plant, or animal life unless such activity will likely impact or affect the physical characteristics of such wetlands or watercourses.

Approved June 3, 2004