OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 140

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DUTIES OF THE CONNECTICUT MARKETING AUTHORITY.

SUMMARY:

This bill expands the Connecticut Marketing Authority's (CMA) administrative powers to include the leasing, permitting, and licensing of property under its control. Current law allows it to lease, but not permit or license, only its land or markets.

Under existing law, CMA may lease to an agricultural cooperative, a farm produce or supply wholesaler, a dealer in other commodities, or anyone providing essential services to the market. The bill (1) allows CMA to also permit or license these entities and (2) allows it to lease to, permit, or license an entity that benefits market operations. Any change to a lease's, permit's, or license's status must be reported to the Office of Policy and Management secretary, but the bill does not specify a deadline for doing so.

The bill applies existing requirements related to administering CMA leases to the leases, permits, and licenses the bill covers. Such requirements address (1) their duration, renewal, and termination and (2) written records of CMA's actions.

The bill additionally requires that CMA's regulations, which currently must address leasing its land and markets, also address the expanded authority to lease, permit, or license.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

Connecticut Marketing Authority (CMA)

CMA is an 11-member board within the Department of Agriculture. It oversees the operation and planning of the Hartford Regional Market, a wholesale farmers market. The market allows for farmers and wholesalers to sell and distribute food and other agricultural products. It is funded by fees generated from its operation.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

28

Nay

0

(03/04/2016)