Senate Resolution No. 5, introduced during the February Session of 2024, has been reported by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, chaired by Senator Winfield of the 10th District, as a resolution that should be adopted. The resolution pertains to the approval of a stipulated settlement in two related legal actions: Ralph Birch v. Town of New Milford, Et Al., No. 3:20CV1790 (VAB) and Shawn Henning v. Town of New Milford, Et Al., No. 3:20CV1792 (VAB), which are consolidated civil actions in the United States District Court, District of Connecticut. The settlement requires an expenditure exceeding $2.5 million from the General Fund budget, and this resolution seeks the Assembly's approval in accordance with section 3-125a of the general statutes.

The fiscal impact of the resolution is an expenditure of $25,200,000 from the General Fund's adjudicated claims account to cover the costs associated with the stipulated judgment in the cases of Ralph Birch and Shawn Henning. This expenditure is a one-time occurrence, and therefore, there is no anticipated fiscal impact in the out years following the settlement. The Office of Legislative Research does not provide analysis for resolutions, but the Judiciary Committee has given a favorable recommendation with a unanimous vote of 9 to 0 in favor of adopting the resolution.