CHAPTER 483
LONG ISLAND SOUND

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Sec. 25-138. *(See end of section for amended version and effective date.) Purpose of committee.
Sec. 25-139. Establishment of committee. Membership.
Sec. 25-140. *(See end of section for amended version and effective date.) Duties of committee. Report.
Sec. 25-140a. Recommendations of committee re uniform signs for coastal access.
Sec. 25-141. Cooperation by other public bodies.

PART I
BI-STATE LONG ISLAND SOUND
MARINE RESOURCES COMMITTEE
(BI-STATE LONG ISLAND SOUND COMMITTEE)*

      *(Revisor's note: Upon enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect to public act 05-137, the name of this Part will be revised to "Bi-State Long Island Sound Committee".)

      Sec. 25-138. *(See end of section for amended version and effective date.) Purpose of committee. In order to provide for the maximum enhancement of the marine resources of Long Island Sound, the legislature hereby finds that the best interest of the people of the state and the communities involved will be served by the establishment of a Connecticut-New York Bi-State Long Island Sound Marine Resources Committee to make specific recommendations concerning the maintenance, protection and restoration of such marine resources.

      (P.A. 73-629, S. 1, 5.)

      *Note: Effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect, this section, as amended by section 1 of public act 05-137, is to read as follows:

      "Sec. 25-138. Purpose of committee. In order to provide for maximum public enjoyment and to protect the natural resources of Long Island Sound, which is threatened by proposed industrialization and negative uses, including, but not limited to, proposed private projects, the legislature hereby finds that the best interest of the people of the state and the communities involved will be served by the establishment of a Connecticut-New York Bi-State Long Island Sound Committee to make specific recommendations concerning the maintenance, protection and restoration of such natural resources."

      (P.A. 73-629, S. 1, 5; P.A. 05-137, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 73-629 effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect, i.e. September 1, 1988; P.A. 05-137 changed name of committee and added provisions re public enjoyment, protection of natural resources and proposed industrialization and negative uses, including, but not limited to, proposed private projects, effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect.

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      Sec. 25-139. Establishment of committee. Membership. There is hereby established a Bi-State Long Island Sound Marine Resources Committee*. Such committee shall consist of eighteen members, nine of whom shall be residents of Connecticut and nine of whom shall be residents of New York. The Connecticut members shall be as follows: Three members of the senate representing districts that include coastal municipalities, one appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one appointed by the majority leader of the Senate and one appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; three members of the House of Representatives, one appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives and one appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and the Governor, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and the director of the Connecticut coastal zone management program, or their designees.

      (P.A. 73-629, S. 2, 5; P.A. 88-336, S. 1, 5; P.A. 05-137, S. 2.)

      *Note: Effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect, the phrase "Bi-State Long Island Sound Committee" shall be substituted for "Bi-State Long Island Sound Marine Resources Committee".

      History: P.A. 73-629 effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect, i.e. September 1, 1988; P.A. 88-336 increased membership on the committee from each participating state from four to nine and designated the governor, commissioner of environmental protection and the director of the coastal zone management program as members of the committee; P.A. 05-137 changed name of committee, effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect.

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      Sec. 25-140. *(See end of section for amended version and effective date.) Duties of committee. Report. The committee may make such recommendations as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this part. In furtherance of its responsibilities under this part, the committee shall coordinate and recommend standardization of all laws relative to Long Island Sound including, but not limited to, standardization of jurisdiction of coastal waters by harbor management commissions, municipal waterfront authorities, municipal conservation commissions, municipal port authorities and municipal shellfish commissions. The committee shall consider the adverse impact any action proposed in or for Long Island Sound may have upon the marine resources of said sound. The committee shall prepare and submit a report to the governors and the legislatures of the respective states on or before February fifteenth, annually.

      (P.A. 73-629, S. 3, 5; P.A. 88-336, S. 2, 5.)

      *Note: Effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect, this section, as amended by section 3 of public act 05-137, is to read as follows:

      "Sec. 25-140. Duties of committee. Report. The committee may make such recommendations as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this part. In furtherance of its responsibilities under this part, the committee may coordinate and recommend standardization of all laws relative to Long Island Sound including, but not limited to, standardization of jurisdiction of coastal waters by harbor management commissions, municipal waterfront authorities, municipal conservation commissions, municipal port authorities and municipal shellfish commissions. The committee shall consider the adverse impact any action proposed in or for Long Island Sound may have upon the public trust resources of said sound. The committee shall prepare and submit a report to the governors and the legislatures of the respective states on or before February fifteenth, annually. The report shall make recommendations for legislation regarding proposed industrialization and private use of public trust resources of Long Island Sound. In developing such recommendations, the committee shall seek to (1) avoid, (2) minimize, and (3) mitigate the impacts of such proposed industrialization and private use of public trust resources of said sound. For the purposes of this section, "public trust resources" shall include, but not be limited to, the historic and broad boating use of said sound by the public, the right of the public to enjoy and explore the natural beauty of said sound by boat, the rights of the public and commercial fishermen to harvest fish and shellfish from said sound, the protection of all natural resources of said sound that are held in trust by the state for the public, the stewardship and restoration of sites along the coast of said sound that contain important habitat or natural resources and the protection of sites that provide opportunities for public enjoyment of said sound."

      (P.A. 73-629, S. 3, 5; P.A. 88-336, S. 2, 5; P.A. 05-137, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 73-629 effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect, i.e. September 1, 1988; P.A. 88-336 added standardization of jurisdiction of coastal waters by local agencies to the charge of the committee; (Revisor's note: In 1991 the word "chapter" was replaced editorially by the Revisors with the word "part" reflecting inclusion of new provisions as part II of chapter 483); P.A. 05-137 made committee coordination and recommended standardization of all laws relative to Long Island Sound discretionary, substituted "public trust" resources for "marine" resources, specified report recommendations and considerations and defined "public trust resources", effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect.

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      Sec. 25-140a. Recommendations of committee re uniform signs for coastal access. The Bi-State Long Island Sound Marine Resources Committee*, established pursuant to sections 25-138 to 25-142, inclusive, may solicit proposals from any interested and qualified party for a design for a uniform sign denoting coastal access to Long Island Sound in the states of Connecticut and New York. The committee may make a recommendation regarding such signs to the governors and the legislatures of the respective states during their 1993 legislative sessions*.

      (P.A. 92-16; P.A. 05-137, S. 4.)

      *Note: Effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect, the phrase "Bi-State Long Island Sound Committee" shall be substituted for "Bi-State Long Island Sound Marine Resources Committee" and the phrase "during their 1993 legislative sessions" shall be deleted.

      History: P.A. 05-137 changed committee name and deleted reference to 1993 legislative sessions, effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect.

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      Sec. 25-141. Cooperation by other public bodies. The committee may request and receive from any department, division, board, bureau, commission or other agency of the state of Connecticut or the state of New York, or any political subdivision thereof or any public authority* such data as may be necessary to enable the committee to carry out its responsibilities under this part.

      (P.A. 73-629, S. 4, 5; P.A. 05-137, S. 5.)

      *Note: Effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect, the words "or not-for-profit organization" shall be inserted after the words "any public authority".

      History: P.A. 73-629 effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect, i.e. September 1, 1988; (Revisor's note: In 1991 the word "chapter" was replaced editorially by the Revisors with the word "part" reflecting inclusion of new provisions as part II of chapter 483); P.A. 05-137 added provision re not-for-profit organizations, effective upon the enactment by the state of New York of legislation having like effect.

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