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STATE SENATOR

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Listening to You

Remembering Our Shoreline Heroes

This past Memorial Day, I met many of our local veterans including Korean War Veterans, Alex Paluzzi, Sr. and Robert Zettergren, at North Branford's annual Memorial Day parade. Since the founding of our nation, shoreline residents have heard the call of duty to protect our liberty and freedom. Let us never forget those who gave their lives in service to our country.

Memorial Day

Passport to the Parks

We clarified that Connecticut's new $10 motor vehicle registration fee, allowing for unlimited state park access, should be put in a dedicated, separate, non-lapsing account to protect and preserve our state parks. This change will prevent future legislatures and the governor from diverting these funds for other purposes.

Promoting Farmland Preservation and Land Trusts

farms

As part of House Bill 5360, the legislature made two technical, but important, changes to current law that will significantly enhance Connecticut's ability to preserve valuable farmland from development and sprawl. First, working in concert with the Connecticut Farm Bureau, I advocated for a change in the way the Department of Agriculture acquires development rights to prime farmland. Using a new "buy, protect, sell" provision, the department will now be able to better leverage scarce dollars and accelerate farmland preservation by partnering with local land trusts, community non-profits and municipalities. Second, we altered an antiquated state statute relating to farmland preservation to make it more consistent with federal law and generate $14.5 million for the state's farmland preservation efforts.