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Public Lands Protections go to November Ballot

On the last night of the 2018 Legislative session (May 9th), SJ 35 passed the House by a 118 – 32 margin which places the issue of protecting public lands in the state constitution on the November ballot. HOORAY!

But please remember that our work together is not done … this measure now needs to actually PASS on the statewide ballot in November.

501c3 nonprofit organizations like CFPA are limited in how they can participate in election matters, which this has now become. So, we are working with legal counsel to help form an entity that can work on such things, and I’ll provide more information on that as soon as possible.

What can you do in the interim?

First and foremost, please thank your Legislators in both chambers for their support of SJ 35 even if they voted against SJ 35 (vote tally in Senate and House). Here’s why.

At the end of a Legislative session, any motivated Legislator can kill a bill if they are truly committed to doing so. Especially on the last day of session, a Legislator could simply take up excessive time with questions and statements until a bill is pulled off the Floor without a vote (to allow for the many other bills that also need attention). No Legislators were able to kill this resolution because you made contact, and they knew that you were paying attention. To be gracious with a Legislator, even if you disagree, will give you the ability to communicate with them in the future through an open channel.

So, thanks again for all of your support for your state-owned public lands, and for your partnership with CFPA!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact CFPA's Executive Director, Eric Hammerling, via ehammerling@ctwoodlands.org.