June 18, 2012: The six-member conference committee on the state budget, which includes the CPA legislation, has begun their deliberations, with a decision expected in late June. The goal of the committee will be to resolve all of the differences between the House and Senate version of the state budget for FY2013.
One of those differences is the funding contained in the CPA legislation. The Senate's approved budget provided a one-time appropriation of $5 million in funding for the statewide CPA Trust Fund in July 2012, while the House version grants a $25 million recurring sum from the annual state budget surplus beginning in the fall of 2013. All the other provisions of the CPA legislation are the same in both the Senate and House versions, including the changes to the recreation rules for CPA projects.
Click here to view a letter that the Community Preservation Committee sent to the committee regarding our preferred outcome for the CPA legislation. The members of the conference committee are: Representatives Brain Dempsey, Stephen Kulik, and Vinny deMacedo, and Senators Stephen Brewer, Jennifer Flanagan and Michael Knapik.