Legislative

Information on bills and other legislation that affects CT sportsmen and RF&G members. Click on each bill number to go to the CT General Assembly page for more information on the bill. There is a listing of other resources at the bottom of the page.

Bills Needing Action by RF&G Members:
BillAction Needed
HB05031









2/7/2021 – This bill has been introduced to the legislative committee and concerns an act prohibiting the sale, trade or distribution of new animal fur. Now is the time to send a SHORT and SIMPLE message to committee chairs so they do not pick up the bill for public hearing. To do this:

Send an email or leave a phone message to the individuals below with the following statement:

” I, __(insert your name)____________, request that you OPPOSE Bill #HB05031.”

Committee Chair Senator Christine Cohen: Christine.Cohen@cga.ct.gov
Her legislative aid: Sue Tufts 860-240-0455
Her Press Aide: Lawrence Cook 860-240-8609
Committee Member Tammy Nuccio Tammy.Nuccio@housegop.ct.gov
HB05031




2/7/2021 – This bill has been introduced to the legislative committee and concerns an act prohibiting the use of leghold or body-crushing traps. Now is the time to send a SHORT and SIMPLE message to committee chairs so they do not pick up the bill for public hearing. To do this:

Send an email or leave a phone message to the individuals below with the following statement:

” I, __(insert your name)____________, request that you OPPOSE Bill #HB05031.”

Committee Chair Senator John Fonfara: John.Fonfara@cga.ct.gov
Legislative Aid: Pete Torres 860-240-0043
Press Aide: Lawrence Cook 860-240-8609
Committee Member: Tammy Nuccio Tammy.Nuccio@housegop.ct.gov

Bills to OPPOSE

SessionBillTitle
2021HB05031AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE, TRADE OR DISTRIBUTION OF NEW ANIMAL FUR.
2021HB05528AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF LEGHOLD OR BODY-CRUSHING TRAPS.
2021HB05531AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX ON AMMUNITION.
2021SB125AN ACT LIMITING MULTIPLE HANDGUN PURCHASES IN A THIRTY-DAY PERIOD.
2021HR127To provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition.
A Must Read! – Death of the 2ND, is here NOW!

Bills to SUPPORT

SessionBillTitle
2021HB5443AN ACT AUTHORIZING HUNTING ON PRIVATE LANDS ON SUNDAYS
2021HB5446AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE USE OF SINGLE SHOT HANDGUNS DURING THE PRIVATE LAND REVOLVER DEER HUNTING SEASON.
2021HB5447AN ACT AUTHORIZING A BLACK BEAR HUNTING SEASON IN NORTHWEST CONNECTICUT.
2021SB63AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE HUNTING OF BLACK BEAR IN LITCHFIELD COUNTY.
2021SB373AN ACT ESTABLISHING A YEAR-ROUND TROUT SEASON.
2021SB374AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE USE OF PASSPORT TO THE PARKS FUNDS FOR FISH HATCHERIES.
Passport to Parks is a $10 fee we all pay upon registering a vehicle in CT, which gives us FREE access to State Parks.  Many of us do not use these parks, so it would be fair to see some of our money going to the hatchery infrastructure to broaden the benefit of this fee.
2021HB6035AN ACT CONCERNING STAFFING LEVELS AT THE SPECIAL LICENSING AND FIREARMS UNIT WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION.
This bill would increase staffing levels to ensure that firearms dealers and their customers are better served.
2021HB5523AN ACT REQUIRING ENFORCEMENT OF FISHING REGULATIONS.
The real problem:  lack of adequate staffing of our Conservation Officers in the field.  Again, Not sure we need a HB to fix it!
2021HB5450AN ACT CONCERNING THE PURCHASE OF LONG GUNS AND ATTENDANT AMMUNITION AND MAGAZINES BY PERSONS POSSESSING A HUNTING LICENSE AND A VALID STATE-ISSUED PHOTO IDENTIFICATION.
To allow persons who hold a hunting license and a valid state issued photo ID (not necessarily from CT) to purchase long guns and ammo.
2021HB5522AN ACT AUTHORIZING HUNTERS TO USE SOUND SUPPRESSORS.
The suppressor still would need to be registered. Would alleviate complaints from home-owners residing near hunting areas.  Support.

Other Resources and Websites

Tips for Communicating with Legislators
Take a look at this document compiled by CCDL (CT Citizen’s Defense League) on how to communicate with legislators. Includes great tips on how to write a letter/email to them and directions to the Legislative Office Building (LOB). 
http://rockvillefishandgameclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2020-07_LegislationUpdate.pdf
CT Citizen’s Defense League – www.ccdl.us
A great resource for links to legislation, CT gun laws and locating your legislator.
Connecticut General Assemblyhttps://www.cga.ct.gov/default.asp
View a list of bills, search for a bill and sign-up to receive updates on bills.
NRA https://home.nra.org/
Home page for the National Rifle Association.

Legislative Contacts (as of Jan 2021)

Find Your Representative – Use this form to find your local representative. More common representatives are below.

State Senator Dan Champagne (35th district)
Sen. Champagne represents Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Ellington, Hampton, Pomfret, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, and Woodstock
https://ctsenaterepublicans.com/about-champagne/
Phone: 800-842-1421
Email Sen. Champagne

Sen. Champagne’s Legislative Aide: Brittney Hedges 860-240-0574

Congressman Joe Courtney (2nd district)
https://courtney.house.gov/
Phone: (202) 225-2076
Email Congressman Courtney
State Representative Tim Ackert (8th district)
Serving the residents of Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, and Vernon
https://www.cthousegop.com/ackert/
Phone: (860) 240-8700
Email Rep. Ackert
State Representative Tammy Nuccio (53rd district)
Serving the residents of Ashford, Tolland, and Willington
https://www.cthousegop.com/Nuccio/
Phone: (860) 240-8700
Email Rep. Nuccio
State Representative Michael Winkler
Serving the Residents of Vernon
http://www.housedems.ct.gov/Winkler
Phone: (860) 240-8585
Email Rep. Winkler
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