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Senate Joint

Resolution No. 36

February Session, 2016

 

LCO No. 2238

 

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Referred to Committee on GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

 

Introduced by:

 

(GAE)

 

RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE TO PROTECT CERTAIN PROPERTY HELD OR CONTROLLED BY THE STATE FOR CONSERVATION, RECREATION, OPEN SPACE OR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES.

Resolved by this Assembly:

That the following be proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the State, which, when approved and adopted in the manner provided by the Constitution, shall, to all intents and purposes, become a part thereof:

Article third of the Constitution is amended by adding section 19 as follows:

Sec. 19. State park or forest land, farm land or other real property held by the state in fee or in easement for conservation, recreational, open space or agricultural purposes, may not be sold, transferred to any person or other entity or converted to another use, except following a public hearing conducted by the state agency having custody or control of such property or easement in the town or towns where such property or easement is located and by passage of a special act of the general assembly by a yea vote of at least two-thirds of the membership of each house. Any such special act shall be limited in subject matter to provisions concerning such sale, transfer or conversion and shall contain an appropriation to the state agency having custody or control of such property or easement in an amount equal to the fair market value of the property or easement for the sole purpose of purchasing additional real property or an easement of similar value for conservation, recreational, open space or agricultural purposes and in as close proximity as feasible to the property or easement being sold, transferred or converted to another use.

RESOLVED: That the foregoing proposed amendment to the Constitution be continued to the next session of the General Assembly elected at the general election to be held on November 8, 2016, and published with the laws passed at the present session, or be presented to the electors at the general election to be held on November 8, 2016, whichever the case may be, according to article sixth of the amendments to the Constitution. The designation of said proposed amendment to be used on the ballots at such election shall be "Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to (1) require a public hearing and a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly to authorize any sale, transfer or conversion of state-owned or state-controlled park land, forest land, farm land or other property or easement used for conservation, recreational, open space or agricultural purposes, and (2) require that funds be appropriated to acquire property or an easement to replace any such sold, transferred or converted property or easement?"