Representative Lawrence Miller (R- 122) has introduced a bill this session which would require that Inland Wetlands Commissions are in compliance with required training sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection or University of Connecticut personnel.
Miller noted that with Connecticut having lost over 75% of its wetlands over the years, flooding has become an increased burden on coastal communities. He said that proper training for Wetlands officials could go a long way in curbing this effect.
“The people who volunteer their time and usually serve without pay for these types of boards and commissions at the local level are almost certainly all well-intentioned, civic-minded people who want to help their communities,” said Miller. “However, without the proper training, these individuals may inadvertently do greater harm than good to the quality and character of their communities, no matter how good their intentions. The training is free of charge to the members, and assures that they have a greater capacity to properly serve their communities.”
Miller testified before the Planning and Development Committee of the legislature on Monday, February 15th in favor of his bill, HB 5097. The measure would require that each local commission confirm and verify that its membership have met the current statutory requirement for training.
This session of the Connecticut General Assembly will conclude at midnight, June 8th, 2011.