OLR Bill Analysis

HB 6694

AN ACT CONCERNING FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION IN PUBLIC HOUSING.

SUMMARY:

This bill bans municipalities and entities operating state- or federally-funded public housing projects from prohibiting tenants from using common facilities or community rooms for political activities. The bill defines “political activity” as including:

1. an event organized for a political party or candidate for office;

2. initiating, circulating, or signing petitions;

3. community political meetings;

4. campaigning for or against proposed referenda questions, constitutional amendments, legislation, or municipal ordinances; or

5. expressing opinions about candidates and political or social issues.

By law, entities operating state- or federally-funded public housing projects are housing authorities, nonprofit corporations, and municipal developers.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015

COMMITTEE ACTION

Government Administration and Elections Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

11

Nay

4

(03/18/2015)