OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 342 (File 601, as amended by Senate "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTERNET WEB SITE FOR THE WASHINGTON-ROCHAMBEAU REVOLUTIONARY ROUTE NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to promote the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail by developing an Internet web site to highlight the portion of the trail located in the state.

It also requires DECD to use $ 180,000 in Manufacturing Assistance Act (MAA) general obligation (GO) bond funds to develop the web site. PA 11-1, October Special Session, increased the GO bond authorization to DECD for the MAA by up to $ 340 million for FYs 12 and 13. The bill authorizes DECD's commissioner to use other funds distributed to the department for the website.

*Senate Amendment “A” adds the funding provisions.

WASHINGTON-ROCHAMBEAU REVOLUTIONARY ROUTE NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL WEB SITE

The web site must include, without limitation:

1. a map of the main trail and flanking trails indicating the location of (a) any intersections with other walking trails and (b) the Revolutionary War sites, monuments, and placards in the trails' vicinity;

2. for each Revolutionary War site on or in the trails' vicinity, links to other web sites providing additional information and photographs;

3. links to Connecticut tourism-themed web sites;

4. links to other web sites featuring the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail; and

5. an interactive calendar that will allow historical groups to post notice of events and entertainment along such trails.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

19

Nay

0

(03/19/2012)

Commerce Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

9

Nay

8

(04/11/2012)

Appropriations Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

52

Nay

0

(04/23/2012)