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General Assembly



February Session, 2016

LCO No. 4459



Offered by:


REP. MINER, 66th Dist.


To: Subst. House Bill No. 5585

File No. 421

Cal. No. 286


After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Section 23-4 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 for the maintenance of order, safety and sanitation upon the lands under the commissioner's control and for the protection of trees and other property and the preservation of the natural beauty thereof and fix penalties not exceeding a fine of ninety dollars for violation of such regulations. The commissioner may prohibit the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on such lands provided, for any such lands where the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages was not prohibited by the commissioner as of October 1, 1999, the commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to prohibit such activity. Such regulations shall be posted in conspicuous places upon such lands. Any person who violates any such regulation shall have committed an infraction and may pay the fine by mail or plead not guilty under the provisions of section 51-164n. The provisions of section 51-164m shall not apply to this section. Any person convicted of a violation of such regulations or who forfeits a bond taken upon any such complaint may be prohibited from entering any state park by the commissioner for not more than one year from the date of such conviction. Any person may take mushrooms for personal use from any state lands without obtaining a permit from the commissioner and without remitting any fee to the commissioner for such taking."

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

Sec. 501

from passage