Proud To Be A CTLCV Champion

September 25, 2015

I want to thank the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) for naming me a 2015 Legislative Champion. This is the third year in a row that I have been named a Legislative Champion by the group.

As Chair of the Environment Committee and as a representative of the Town of East Haven, I worked hard this session to protect and conserve our environment, particularly in terms of protecting our children and protecting Long Island Sound. We had some big wins for the environment this year and I look forward to continuing this important work next year.

Thank you CTLCV Executive Director Lori Brown for her kind words:

James Albis is an amazing advocate for the environment at the state legislature. He has lived up to everything we can hope for as a champion—working effectively with all parties to keep important legislation moving, and getting solid results that protect our land, air, water and public health in Connecticut. We are thrilled to name Representative Albis a 2015 Legislative Champion for the environment.

Long Island Sound Blue Plan

I spearheaded the passage of a bill that would ensure that Connecticut has a coordinated strategy for future use of Long Island Sound by establishing a Blue Plan. The law requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and relevant stakeholders to study and compile an inventory of the Sound’s natural and human resources.

The local economies of many coastal communities in Connecticut, including East Haven, rely on Long Island Sound so it is critically important that we keep this economic resource healthy for years to come.

Banning Microbeads

I am happy that we were also able to pass legislation that prohibits the sale and manufacturing of any personal care product that contains microbeads - small plastic components which can enter waterways like Long Island Sound and can be eaten by fish.

Banning Harmful Pesticides on Municipal Playgrounds

I also worked this session to protect children, who are the most vulnerable in our population, from harmful pesticides as there is increasing concern that pesticide exposure is linked to childhood cancers. A recent New York Times article details a scientific study which found that outdoor pesticides used as weed killers were associated with a 26 percent increased risk for brain tumors.

We pass a measure which bans pesticide use on municipal playgrounds. The legislation also requires public notification at least 24 hours prior to the emergency application of pesticides on school grounds or municipal playgrounds and requires states agencies to prepare pesticide management plans.