Planning and Development Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5319

Title:

AN ACT INCREASING FINES FOR VIOLATIONS OF MUNICIPAL BLIGHT ORDINANCES.

Vote Date:

3/7/2012

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/2/2012

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Planning and Development Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill increases the fines for violations of municipal blight ordinances. The fine is one hundred dollars for each day for the first thirty days, from the thirty-first day to the sixtieth day the fine is two hundred fifty dollars, and from the sixtieth day to the day the violation is corrected the fine is five hundred dollars.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities: The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities supports this bill because it will be a tool that towns and cities could use to curb blight and make communities more livable. CCM also believes that this bill will give communities more power in ensuring the health and safety of residents.

Representative Jeffrey Berger: Rep. Berger supports this bill but also asked the committee to consider an amendment, which will add a criminal penalty to the existing blight statute for those who violate blight ordinances.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Expressed

Reported by: Craig Cubellotti

Date: March 13, 2012