[Ct-nfb] legislative alert!

Elizabeth Rival erival at comcast.net
Wed Mar 27 15:29:35 UTC 2013

Please leave messages, thanks Beth 


From: Ct-nfb [mailto:ct-nfb-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Stanley Torow
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Sorry Lucia, i called and got no answer at either number.

Eileen torow



From: Ct-nfb [mailto:ct-nfb-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of llee at nfbct.org
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:35 AM
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Subject: [Ct-nfb] legislative alert!

 Hi all,


The Environment Committee of the state legislature is meeting today at
11:00AM to vote on approving pending bills in their committee. HR6654 is one
of them. One section of this bill would remove BESB's first right to vending
facilities in state parks that the DEEP maintains and, instead, open the
facilities to the highest bidder. This would involve 3 state parks (Rocky
Neck, Hammonassett, and Harkness) where blind people now run these vending
stations. We apologize for the late notice, but the agenda was just posted
this morning. Please call the Environment Committee at 860-240-0440 to
express disapproval of section 4 of HR6654. Also a call to Representative
Craig Miner, who introduced this section, would be appreciated. His number



Lucia Lee



llee at nfbct.org



In January, Rep Miner introduced HR5817 that proposed amending the state
statutes to exempt concessions provided by the DEEP from the general
requirement that such concessions be provided by the BESB. This bill has
apparently died. However, the wording has been included into HR6654, which
is on the Environment Committee's agenda for Friday's public hearing. Here
is the part that concerns the concessions at DEEP-run parks Underlined
sentences are proposed additions; the entire Sec 4 is an addition to current


Sec. 3. Subsection (a) of section 10-303 of the general statutes is repealed
and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The authority in charge of any building or property owned, operated or
leased by the state or any municipality therein shall grant to the
Department of Rehabilitation Services a permit to operate in such building
or on such property a food service facility, a vending machine or a stand
for the vending of newspapers, periodicals, confections, tobacco products,
food and such other articles as such authority approves when, in the opinion
of such authority, such facility, machine or stand is desirable in such
location. Any person operating such a stand in any such location on October
1, 1945, shall be permitted to continue such operation, but upon such
person's ceasing such operation such authority shall grant a permit for
continued operation to the Department of Rehabilitation Services. The
department may establish a training facility at any such location. The
requirements of this subsection shall not apply to any state park or forest
under the custody and control of the Commissioner of Energy and
Environmental Protection.

Sec. 4. (NEW) (Effective from passage) The Commissioner of Energy and
Environmental Protection shall issue a request for proposals for the
operation of the food service facilities located in the state parks and
forests under the custody and control of the commissioner In awarding any
contract for the operation of such food service facilities, the commissioner
shall award such contract to the highest responsible bidder. Nothing in this
section or section 10-303 of the general statutes, as amended by this act,
shall be construed to prohibit the Bureau of Education and Services for the
Blind from bidding on any contract authorized pursuant to this section.



-------- Original Message --------
Subject: impending bill a concern
From: "Chris Kuell" <ckuell at comcast.net>


Hi Lucia,


I heard that Representative Craig Miner, a Republican, has attached his bill
to take away a blind vendor's first right of refusal to operate a vending
facility in a state park to a bill being considered by the state
Environmental Affairs Committee. If passed, this would immediately put 3
blind vendors in CT out of work, and of course, set a terrible precedence
for future Randolph-Sheppard entrepreneurs. His bill became an amendment to
a bill being considered by the environmental committee.  





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