Senator Somers Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation Supporting Shellfish Industry

May 31, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. – Today State Senator Heather Somers (R-Groton) offered her support for the passage of Senate Bill 287, An Act Authorizing the Testing of Shellfish at Alternative Lab Facilities.

“Connecticut’s shellfish industry is a growing, dynamic economic asset to the state,” said Sen. Somers. “This industry alone provides Connecticut families with hundreds of jobs, with a great amount of room for development. Not only will this legislation help grow the shellfish industry, but it will also continue to protect the environment and guarantee safe products for our consumers.”

“Due to the high volume of water testing that is required, coupled with staff size and the hours of the state laboratory it has become essential to provide the industry with other testing options,” said Sen. Somers. “I am thrilled to announce that this has passed unanimously in the Senate.”

“I think this sends a clear message to the shellfish industry, that we do value their contribution to our economy and we are willing to take steps to help with further expansion and growth,” said Sen. Somers.

SB 287 works to ease the burden on the shellfish industry by expanding the network of approved laboratories for shellfish testing; the bill now heads to the House of Representatives for final passage.