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May 11, 2022
Juvenile Justice Reforms Approved by Legislature
Connecticut remains one of the safest states in the nation, but like many states we have experienced an uptick in juvenile criminal activity driven in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

May 4, 2022
Historic Tax Cuts Part of State Budget
With families struggling and Connecticut's finances in the black, House Democrats led the way in the legislature passing one of the largest tax cuts in state history. READ MORE

April 27, 2022
Combatting Lead Poisoning in Our Communities
Lead poisoning, particularly among minority children, continues to be a serious public health problem, and bipartisan legislation passed by the House of Representatives this week looks to mitigate this issue with stepped up identification and treatment of cases. READ MORE

April 20, 2022
Protecting and Expanding Access to Reproductive Healthcare
As we witness oppressive and extreme anti-abortion laws being enacted across the country and anticipate the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court, expanding access and protecting reproductive rights in Connecticut has never been more important. READ MORE

April 13, 2022
Expanding the Use of Absentee Ballots
Voting is a fundamental right that should be convenient, fair and accessible, but Connecticut's voting laws are needlessly restrictive when it comes to voting by absentee ballot. READ MORE

April 6, 2022
Outdoor Dining Season is Back
Last month, the legislature approved extending outdoor dining provisions through April 30, 2023. READ MORE

March 30, 2022
Gas Tax Savings, Free Bus Service, Sales Tax-free Week
Legislation passed by the General Assembly last week suspended the state's 25-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax from April 1 through June 30, provides free bus service through June 30 and creates an additional sales tax-free week on clothing and shoes under $100 from April 10-16. READ MORE

March 22, 2022
Addressing the Student Loan Debt Crisis
House Democrats are working on legislation to help address Connecticut's student loan debt crisis. READ MORE

March 9, 2022
Expanding Children's Mental Health Services
Meeting the growing mental health needs of Connecticut children is a top priority for House Democrats this legislative session. READ MORE

March 2, 2022
March is Women's History Month
Since 1987, the month of March has been recognized as National Women's History Month. READ MORE

February 23, 2022
Good Can Happen When We Focus on the Greater Good
In a recent op-ed, House Majority Leader Jason Rojas shares his thoughts and goals for the 2022 legislative session. READ MORE

February 16, 2022
Program Offers Free Legal Counsel for Eligible Tenants Facing Eviction
Connecticut has launched a tenants' Right to Counsel (RTC) program that will make attorneys available at no cost to eligible tenants at risk of eviction. READ MORE

February 9, 2022
Black History is American History
Each February during National Black History Month, House Democrats and our entire nation celebrate the achievements, accomplishments and contributions African Americans have made to this country. READ MORE

February 2, 2022
Remote Rules for Legislative Session Increase Public Access to General Assembly
Speaker of the House Matt Ritter and House Majority Leader Jason Rojas announced the remote access rules for the beginning of the 2022 legislative session of the General Assembly which opens Wednesday, February 9. READ MORE

January 26, 2022
Training Grants Available to Help Workers Impacted by COVID-19
A new job training program called CareerConneCT offers grants to help workers whose employment was impacted by the pandemic. READ MORE

January 19, 2022
Assistance for Essential Workers
The legislature authorized The Connecticut Essential Workers COVID-19 Assistance Fund to help ease the financial burden on essential workers who became ill and were unable to work, or died, between March 10, 2020 and July 20, 2021, and that program is now up and running. READ MORE

January 12, 2022
New Chairs Named to Housing and Aging Committees
Representative Quentin “Q” Phipps of Middletown was recently named House Chair of the legislature's Housing Committee and Representative Jane Garibay who serves Windsor and Windsor Locks was named House Chair of the Aging Committee by Speaker of the House Matt Ritter and Majority Leader Jason Rojas. READ MORE

January 5, 2022
Connecticut Must End the Ignorance Surrounding Endometriosis
In a recent opinion piece, Representative Jillian Gilchrest of West Hartford discusses the misunderstanding and often misdiagnosis of Endometriosis in women. READ MORE

November 18, 2021
State Budget Stays in Balance While Building Robust Reserve
Connecticut's budget picture remains in good shape for fiscal year 2022, operating with a small surplus and building a robust long-term reserve fund. READ MORE

November 4, 2021
Agriculture Investment Targets Food Insecurity
In a recently published letter, Rep. Jaime Foster explains how a new $10 million state agriculture program will help thousands of residents in Connecticut who are challenged to feed their families. READ MORE

October 28, 2021
CIF2030 Looks to Make Historic Investment in Community Equity
The newly formed Community Investment Board 2030 (CIF2030), co-chaired by Speaker of the House Matt Ritter (D-Hartford), held its initial meeting this week and will oversee a 10-year, $2 billion-plus bonding program designed to advance equity in communities across Connecticut that have historically been underserved and marginalized. READ MORE

October 14, 2021
Distracted Driving Penalties Increase
As the holiday season draws closer, many of us will spend more time behind the wheel and more time on the road means more opportunities for distracted driving. READ MORE

October 5, 2021
October Brings New State Laws
Several new laws in Connecticut took effect on October 1, and will have a positive impact on the daily lives of thousands of residents. READ MORE

September 15, 2021
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
This month, from September 15 through October 15, we observe Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate, recognize and feature the countless achievements of many Hispanic Americans who have positively impacted and enriched our communities. READ MORE

September 23, 2021
Help for Winter Heating Costs
As winter gets closer many residents become concerned about how to afford their heating bills, but Operation Fuel has programs available to help struggling families with energy costs. READ MORE

September 15, 2021
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
This month, from September 15 through October 15, we observe Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate, recognize and feature the countless achievements of many Hispanic Americans who have positively impacted and enriched our communities. READ MORE

September 7, 2021
Tax Cut for Low-Income Working Families
The new state budget includes an increase in Connecticut's Earned Income Tax Credit, which is a direct tax cut for qualifying families. READ MORE

August 24, 2021
Food Stamp Assistance Increases in October
Food Stamps are a critical tool in helping to keep our most vulnerable residents from going hungry, and we are very pleased to report that the Biden Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have approved a significant and permanent increase in the amount of food stamp assistance available to families in need. READ MORE

August 13, 2021
Investing in Special Education Services
To help meet the ongoing challenge of providing every student access to the quality education they deserve, more than $16 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief II (ESSER II) funds was recently made available to 170 school districts across Connecticut. READ MORE

August 3, 2021
New Law Officially Voids Racist Land Deed Covenants
Passed unanimously by the legislature, House Bill 6665 prohibits restrictive deed covenants based on race and allows property owners to have such language removed from land records in this state. READ MORE

July 27, 2021
"Tristan's Law" Helps Protect Children at Ice Cream Trucks
Keeping our children safe is an important responsibility of your government, and this legislative session we passed Public Act 21-20 to strengthen the traffic safety measures of ice cream trucks in order to increase visibility to other drivers. READ MORE

July 20, 2021
Access Health CT Offers Special Enrollment Through August 15
If you are still in need of quality, affordable health care it is not too late to get a plan through Access Health Connecticut (AHCT). READ MORE

July 13, 2021
Full Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags Begins
Starting July 1, stores can no longer offer those 10-cent single-use plastic bags at checkout anymore as a new environmental protection law took effect. READ MORE

July 6, 2021
New State Laws Took Effect July 1
House Democrats led the way in passing a number of new laws that went into effect July 1, aimed at improving the quality of life in Connecticut. READ MORE

June 16, 2021
"NIL" Bill Allows College Student Athletes to Sign Endorsement Deals
Bipartisan legislation will greatly benefit student athletes in our state by allowing them to profit off their name, image, and likeness (NIL). READ MORE

June 9, 2021
State Budget Invests in Connecticut's Future, Has No Tax Increases
The new state budget passed by the House has no tax increases while heavily investing in our cities and towns, local nonprofits and families needing vital assistance. READ MORE

June 7, 2021
"Bottle Bill" Encourages More Recycling, Cleaner Environment
The House of Representatives recently took action on modernizing Connecticut's bottle deposit program to encourage residents to recycle and keep our beautiful parks, beaches and streets clean. READ MORE

June 2, 2021
Connecticut Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis
Legislation passed by the House this week recognizes that structural and systemic racism has a significant impact on the social determinants of health, leading to vast health disparities in our state. READ MORE

May 27, 2021
Long Island Sound Blue Plan Becomes Law
Rep. Joseph Gresko of Stratford, our Chair of the Environment Committee, worked to pass legislation that will help protect and preserve Connecticut's natural resource gem Long Island Sound. READ MORE

May 24, 2021
Zoning Bill Will Help Communities Better Plan for Their Future
Our Planning & Development Committee Chair Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey of Fairfield led the debate on House passage last week of HB 6107 which updates and expands state zoning statutes. READ MORE

May 20, 2021
Investing in Upgrades to Our Power Grid
Our House Chair of the Energy Committee, Rep. David Arconti of Danbury, says the time is now to invest in our power grid to improve resiliency and reliability. READ MORE

May 13, 2021
House Democrats Welcome Newest Caucus Member Rep. Corey Paris
Last week, Corey P. Paris was officially sworn in as state representative serving the City of Stamford after winning a special election in April. READ MORE

May 6, 2021
House to Act on Expanding Voter Access
Speaker of the House Matt Ritter announced that the House of Representatives will be acting on legislation that sets the stage to allow for early voting and no-excuse absentee ballots in Connecticut in order to increase voter participation in our elections. READ MORE