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General Assembly

 

Committee Bill No. 6694

January Session, 2015

 

LCO No. 4772

 

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Referred to Committee on GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

 

Introduced by:

 

(GAE)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION IN PUBLIC HOUSING.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2015) (a) For purposes of this section, (1) "public housing project" means dwelling accommodations operated as a state or federally subsidized multifamily housing project by a housing authority, nonprofit corporation or municipal developer pursuant to chapter 128 of the general statutes or by the Connecticut Housing Authority pursuant to chapter 129 of the general statutes; (2) "housing authority", "nonprofit corporation" and "municipal developer" have the same meanings as provided in section 8-39 of the general statutes; and (3) "political activity" includes (A) an event organized in the interests of a political party or candidate for elective office; (B) initiating, circulating, or signing petitions; (C) community political meetings; (D) campaigning for or against proposed referendum questions, constitutional amendments, legislation and municipal ordinances; or (E) expressing opinions about candidates and political or social issues.

(b) No housing authority, nonprofit corporation, municipality or municipal developer shall prohibit any tenant of a public housing project from using common facilities or community rooms located within such public housing project for political activity.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2015

New section

GAE

Joint Favorable

 

HSG

Joint Favorable