General Law Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-191

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING CHARITABLE BINGO GAMES, BAZAARS, RAFFLES, THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING.

Vote Date:

3/7/2017

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

1/31/2017

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

General Law Committee

Sen. Bob Duff, 25th Dist.

Sen. Catherine A. Osten, 19th Dist.

Sen. Kevin D. Witkos, 8th Dist.

REASONS FOR BILL:

The reason for this bill is to transfer DCP's oversight on charitable gaming and to modernize and streamline certain occupational licenses, certificates, registrations, and remove barriers for employment. Occupational licensing is very important, however there needs to be a review of some of the regulations, as many are over burdensome to Connecticut small businesses and consumers. It also transfers the DCP's oversight of charitable gaming to municipalities, but retains the permitting and sales schemes for sealed tickets.

Substitute language (LCO # 5077 AND 5092)

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Jonathan A, Harris, the Department of Consumer Protection (Commissioner):

The Department is working to ensure that it is focused on its core mission of protecting the public's welfare, health & safety, it is essential to review those areas of regulations that do not accomplish that objective, and are over burdensome to Connecticut's small businesses and consumers.

Scott, Jackson, the Department of Labor (Commissioner):

The DOL is very interested in working closely with the proponents of this legislation, as well as the Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner (Jonathan Harris).

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Senator Bob Duff, Connecticut General Assembly (CGA):

Occupational licensing is important to ensure the health and safety of workers and consumers and results in the delivery of high-quality goods and services.

Senator Cathy Osten, Connecticut General Assembly (CGA):

A thorough review & examination of all occupational licenses issued by the Department of Consumer protection is long overdue. The research provided from the review can help get rid of outdated & unnecessary licensing requirements. This will then lead to a more modernized licensure procedure, and remove another barrier from employment.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Daniel McInerney, CT Chapter National Electrical Contractors Association & Internal Brotherhood of Electrical Workers:

Both the CT Chapter National Electrical Contractors Association and Internal Brotherhood of electrical workers feel that licensure ensures there is a process in place to encourage adequate job training and appropriate oversight of the workforce. The individual licensing boards should be involved in any decisions when it comes to making any alterations to the licensing requirements.

Albert Rizzo, Rizzo Pools:

The licenses that regulate our industry are vital to the safety and protection the Connecticut Consumer and should not be part of SB-191

Reported by: Nicholas A. Rogers

Committee Clerk

Date: 3/20/17