Every year, the Office of Legislative Research (OLR) identifies and provides brief descriptions of important issues the General Assembly may face in the upcoming session (this year it is February 5th – May 6th). The issues in the report have been discussed in the off session with OLR members and are expected to be brought up in some form or another.
This report does not represent staff suggestions or recommendations. The office identifies issues based on interim studies; research requests; non-confidential discussions with legislators, other legislative participants, and executive branch agencies; as well as their general subject matter knowledge. They also consult with the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) and the Legislative Commissioners’ Office (LCO) when selecting issues. The report is organized according to the committee that has primary jurisdiction over an issue. Because more than one committee may consider aspects of the same issue, descriptions may overlap. Where appropriate, they provide links to OLR reports and other documents that contain additional information.
The report mentions expansion of Veteran’s and Elderly tax relief. It also contains links to specific OLR reports on the Renters Program, Local Option Homeowners Program, and Mandatory Property Tax Relief for Homeowners.