Advocacy

Chaired by Raquel Kennedy
  • Community outreach
  • Lobbying
  • Legislative interface
  • Public policy compliance
  • Government interface



The HPACT Executive Board with Jonathan Schrag, 

Deputy Commissioner 
DEEP, Hartford, CT 12-20-2011

RECENT IMPORTANT EMAILS

From:  HPACT ADVOCACY COMMITTEE
TO:      HPACT Members, HES Vendors, Strategic Partners          
    
Home Performance  ACTion  needed!
    
As discussed at yesterday's NU/UI HES Vendor meeting, we  need to take steps now in order to implement a successful  campaign in support of  a mechanism that will facilitate parity for oil heated homes and to educate and build  support for building energy disclosure.  These are two key issues that will significantly impact many facets of our industry.  The news on oil has  not been as positive as we had initially thought  and we need to be prepared to enlighten stakeholders and decision makers.   The issue of Building Energy Disclosure is compelling and while it make not get passed this year we need to get people thinking about it.  Please see the attachments provided to us by Charles Rothenberger, my co-chair on theHPACT Advocacy Committee. 
 
 
Action Items to be completed by Thursday, February 16

  • Please review the email below from Charles Rothenberger
  • Have your HR person use  the attached document titled CFE Full CGA Contact list and this interactive  link:            http://www.cslib.org/pathfinders/electionmaps/index.htm  to in order to  identify the legislators in each your employees' districts.  Include also the legislators representing the location (s) of your business. 
  • Please identify Key legislators you know or that are in your or your staffs' districts that are on the Energy and Technology Committee
  • Please  also identify legislators you know or that are in your  or your staffs' districts that are on Insurance & Real Estate General Law  and Finance Committee
  • Send this email to all your strategic home performance partners and ask them to participate by following the steps above
  • Identify satisfied oil customers that may want to support these issues
Next steps towards effective advocacy
  • We will be asking that you send the attached Oill EE Funding basics to  your employees,strategic partners  and customers to  and request  that they send letters/emails  to your legislators. We will provide you with draft language  that can be combined with your own anecdotal comments
  • We will ask that you do the same for Building Energy Disclosure
  • We will request that organizations with similar interests support our position on these issues
  • We will have lobby day where you will be encouraged  to join other vendors at the LOB and meet with key legislators
  • We will ask  those of you who are willing,  to testify or submit testimony during legislative hearings
Your support and participation is critical  and very much appreciated.   Please let me know via email if you have any questions or suggestions.  
 
Best,
Raquel
 
 
 From: Charles Rothenberger
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 10:04 AM
 
So that folks can start identifying employees and contacts in key legislative districts, I think that this link should be useful (provides an interactive state map):
 
 
I have also attached a color-coded spreadsheet of the General Assembly members, contact info and districts. 
 
The key committees for the legislation that we have discussed so far are: Energy & Technology; Finance; Insurance & Real Estate and General Law (for consumer issues).  Since bills will be originating in the Energy Committee it is obviously important to make that Committee a priority.  However, we should be reaching out to all legislators over the course of the session. 
 
The color codes are:
Yellow - Energy & Technology
Blue - Insurance & Real Estate
Orange - General Law
Green - Finance
 
Many members serve on more than one of these committees (a list of committees they serve on is listed in column "O") but have only been coded once.
 
 - -Charles
 

Charles J. Rothenberger

Staff Attorney

 

Connecticut Fund for the Environment
142 Temple Street, Suite 305
New Haven, CT 06510


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