Senator Fasano and Reps. Adinolfi and Fritz Work to Prevent Overhead Power Lines in Local Communities

June 9, 2003

Senator Len Fasano (R-34th), Representative Al Adinolfi (R-103rd), and Representative Mary Fritz (D-90th) hailed the passage of a bill that requires certain electric transmission lines to be placed underground in residential areas. All three legislators pushed for this legislation in order to help prevent overhead power lines in their local communities. The bill, sHB 6682, was amended late Wednesday night in the Senate, and passed the House just before the conclusion of Legislative Session.

Senator Fasano, who has been a lead proponent of this legislation on behalf of the residents of Wallingford, voted in favor of the Senate amendment.

“The residents of Wallingford should not have these visually intrusive power lines running through their property, especially when installing them underground is feasible,” said Senator Fasano. “The amendment we passed in the Senate establishes a strong incentive for Northeast Utilities to place the lines underground and gives towns likes Wallingford more power in determining where these transmission lines are placed. I made a commitment to the people to Wallingford and will continue to work with local and state officials to try to keep our local neighborhoods free of any additional overhead power lines.”

Representatives Adinolfi and Fritz voted in favor of both the original and amended bills.

“I am pleased we were able to get this important legislation through both chambers this session,” said Representative Adinolfi. “Unsightly power lines that can be placed underground will keep the character of surrounding communities intact. Our towns need to be able to have a greater capacity for determining where these lines can go. This legislation does that.”

Rep. Fritz said, “This is a compromise measure based on legislation that I was able to put together last week in the House of Representatives. Along with Senator Fasano and Rep. Adinolfi, I worked with the Senate to hammer out a compromise that would be acceptable to both chambers. Thankfully, for the towns to be impacted by these power lines, we were able to beat the clock and pass this important bill.”