Arts Bills

The bills we’re tracking during the 2021 Legislative Session

There are a lot of bills introduced during a given legislative session. We’ve compiled a list of high priority bills to us, and other bills related to the arts community.

CAA Priority Bills

In accordance with CAA’s 2021 Policy Platform.

H.B. 6119 “An Act Concerning Arts, Culture, and Tourism Funding”

Introduced by: Representative John-Michael Parker, 101st Dist.
Bill information, current status, and co-signers

Purpose: To strengthen the arts, culture, and tourism sector in Connecticut by directing additional funds into the Tourism Fund, renaming the fund to better represent the full scope of the sector and ensuring equitable funding among arts, culture, and tourism initiatives.

– Increases portion of room occupancy tax directed to the Tourism Fund each from 10% to 25% (does not affect tax rate)
– Requires that 40% of money in the Tourism Fund be allocated to arts and culture and 60% to tourism
– Changes the name of the Tourism Fund to the Arts, Culture and Tourism Fund
– Changes the name of “Statewide Marketing” budget line to “Statewide Tourism Marketing”

S.B. 146 “An Act Authorizing Sports Wagering, Internet Gaming, Internet Lottery and Internet Keno”

Introduced by: Sen. Catherine A. Osten, 19th Dist., Rep. Christine Conley, 40th Dist., Rep. Holly H. Cheeseman, 37th Dist., Rep. Susan M. Johnson, 49th Dist., Rep. Toni E. Walker, 93rd Dist., Rep. Joe de la Cruz, 41st Dist., Rep. Doug Dubitsky, 47th Dist., Sen. Paul M. Formica, 20th Dist., Rep. Mike France, 42nd Dist., Rep. Kevin Ryan, 139th Dist., Rep. Kathleen M. McCarty, 38th Dist., Sen. Heather S. Somers, 18th Dist., Rep. Brian T. Smith, 48th Dist., Sen. Norman Needleman, 33rd Dist., Rep. Anthony L. Nolan, 39th Dist., Rep. Brian Lanoue, 45th Dist., Rep. Greg S. Howard, 43rd Dist.
Bill information, status, and co-signers

Purpose: To authorize sports wagering, internet gaming, internet lottery and internet keno in this state.
Relevance to the arts sector: Potential and planned revenue source to the Tourism Fund

H.B. 5853 “An Act Concerning the Retail Sale and Taxation of Marijuana”

Introduced by: Representative Juan R. Candelaria, 95th Dist.
Bill information, status, and co-signers

Purpose: To provide for the retail sale of marijuana, the taxation of such sales and the use of revenue generated from such tax.
Relevance to the arts sector: Potential revenue source to Tourism Fund

H.B. 5184 “An Act Imposing a Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages”

Introduced by: Representative Jonathan Steinberg, 136th Dist.
Bill information, status, and co-signers

Purpose: To impose a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.
Relevance to the arts sector: Potential revenue source to Tourism Fund

S.B. 298 “An Act Concerning the Reuse of Works of Art in State Buildings”

Introduced by: Senator Rob Sampson, 16th Dist.
Bill information, status, and co-signers

Purpose: To reduce state spending by reusing existing works of art in state buildings.
– Eliminates the requirement that the State Bond Commission allocate from the proceeds of state bonds one percent of the total estimated cost of the construction, reconstruction or remodeling of a state
building for the purchase of works of art
– Permits works of art already present in an existing state building to be transferred to state construction, reconstruction or remodeling projects.
Relevance to the arts sector: It would eliminate the State’s Percent for Art program. The sector should oppose this bill.

Other Arts and Culture Bills

These are other bills that relate to the arts and culture sector that are on CAA’s radar. Feel free to add them to your own tracking list. Not sure how to track bills? Follow our how-to guide on bill tracking resources.

H.B. 6103 “An Act Concerning Property Tax Exemptions for Property Use for Charitable Purposes”
H.B. 5615 “An Act Concerning the Tourism and Hospitality Industries”
H.B. 5563 “An Act Allowing Municipalities to Assess Fees on Certain Nonprofit Organizations for Certain Municipal Services”
S.B. 165 “An Act Concerning A Covid-19 Memorial”
S.B. 620 “An Act Concerning a Public Hearing Requirement for Budget Earmarks”
H.B. 5781 “An Act Requiring An Arts Supervisor in Each Public School”
H.B. 6030 “An Act Concerning Art Therapists”
H.B. 6294 “An Act Establishing Licensure for Music Therapists in Connecticut”
H.B. 5254 “An Act Requiring the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to Amend the Process of Attaching Equipment to Public Utility Poles”
S.B. 430 “An Act Concerning Regional Tourism District Boards of Directors”
S.B. 624 “An Act Concerning Connecticut Tourism Council Membership”
H.B. 5041 “An Act Authorizing Bonds of the State for the Renovation of the Thomaston Opera House”
H.B. 5168 “An Act Concerning Signs Indicating the Location of the Marlborough Arts Center”
H.B. 5210 “An Act Concerning Funding for the Warner Theatre”
S.B. 351 “An Act Authorizing Bonds of the State to Rebuild the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford”