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This issue has developed in Connecticut over the years in a number of ways extending to many functions - on a voluntary basis.

THE CONNECTICUT CONSTITUTION...


ARTICLE TENTH:  OF HOME RULE.

SEC. 1. The general assembly shall by general law delegate such legislative authority as from time to time it deems appropriate to towns, cities and boroughs relative to the powers, organization, and form of government of such political subdivisions. The general assembly shall from time to time by general law determine the maximum terms of office of the various town, city and borough elective offices. After July 1, 1969, the general assembly shall enact no special legislation relative to the powers, organization, terms of elective offices or form of government of any single town, city or borough, except as to (a) borrowing power, (b) validating acts, and (c) formation, consolidation or dissolution of any town, city or borough, unless in the delegation of legislative authority by general law the general assembly shall have failed to prescribe the powers necessary to effect the purpose of such special legislation.

SEC. 2. The general assembly may prescribe the methods by which towns, cities and boroughs may establish regional governments and the methods by which towns, cities, boroughs and regional governments may enter into compacts. The general assembly shall prescribe the powers, organization, form, and method of dissolution of any government so established.



Two bills of interest that had public hearing Friday, March 16, 2018 at Planning & Development Committee:

Did not get out of P&D Committee
HB5482

Passed in the House with amendment removing mandate;  did not get called in the Senate.
HB5405





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Sources from the League of Women Voters of Weston website:  mailto:webmaster@lwvweston.org

The story in 2004
http://www.lwvweston.org/regionalism.html

Many useful links
http://www.lwvweston.org/housing.html

Local government cooperative ventures
http://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2985&q=383076