OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5585

AN ACT ESTABLISHING AND FUNDING A STATE PARKS SUSTAINABILITY ACCOUNT.

SUMMARY:

This bill establishes a state parks sustainability account as a separate, nonlapsing account in the General Fund. It requires that at least $4 million of the unclaimed bottle deposits that the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) must transfer to the General Fund be deposited in the new account. The account must contain any money required by law to be deposited in it, including federal funds.

The bill requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to use the account's funds to maintain, operate, and improve the state parks in its care, custody, and control.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

Unclaimed Bottle Deposits

Under the state's beverage container redemption law (i.e., “bottle bill”), consumers pay a five cent deposit on bottles and cans of beer and other malt beverages, soda water, carbonated soft drinks, and water (CGS 22a-243 to 22a-246). Consumers receive a refund if they return the bottles and cans for redemption. Beverage distributors must remit unclaimed bottle deposits to DRS for transfer to the General Fund. The law does not designate the funds for any specific purpose.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

29

Nay

0

(03/16/2016)