HARTFORD, Conn. — Advocates for Connecticut’s forests and parks joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers Wednesday to support a constitutional amendment to protect state lands from being sold or given away without public input.
“We don’t make land anymore — it’s something worth preserving,” Sen. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, said. “I don’t want a society of replicated nature, like Disneyland.”
One of the problems identified by environmentalists is the annual land conveyance bill, which decides what parcels of state land will be given away or sold. The annual omnibus bill usually lands on lawmakers desk shortly before they adjourn and leaves many wondering whether the state is getting the best bang for its buck.
Usually, according to environmentalists, it’s not.
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