In the winter of 2014, Governor Malloy signed Executive Order 39 which created the first open data initiative for Connecticut. A new raised bill, SB 1031, "An Act Concerning Thresholds for State Construction Contracts, the Sharing of Executive Branch Agency Data and the Repeal of a Provision Concerning Appraisal Fees," codifies the Executive Order.
The CT Data Collaborative fully supports this next step and sees it as critical for ensuring the long term success of open data in Connecticut. Executive Orders only last for the term of the Governor who writes them so by proposing legislation it helps to ensure open data becomes are part of government operations beyond the Malloy administration.
The bill is scheduled for public hearing on March 20th at 10 a.m. before the Government Administration and Elections Committee (GAE). If you're interested in testifying or submitting written testimony, more information can be found here.