In the News

House approves bipartisan budget with veto-proof majority
The Hartford Courant – October 26, 2017
During the 2017 budget debate, state Rep. Robyn Porter raised concerns about the lack of equitability and fairness included in the $41.3 billion approved spending package.


Porter outlines devastating effects of GOP budget plan on New Haven, Hamden
The New Haven Register – September 26, 2017
State Rep. Robyn Porter said the Republican-backed $40.68 billion spending package that was passed in the legislature would slash municipal aid, diminish funding for local and state independent colleges, and increase property taxes on motor vehicles by eliminating the car tax cap.


Community college cuts blasted
New Haven Independent – September 20, 2017
Under the Republicans’ budget proposal, the Roberta Willis scholarship program that helps thousands of students would be eliminated. The scholarship program helps pay for the education of about 15,000 students statewide. State Rep. Robyn Porter blasted this proposal and said this will have a devastating effect on our students and will negatively impact freshman enrollment at state colleges and universities.


Connecticut still far from legalizing pot
Yale Daily News – September 19, 2017
While legalizing the use of recreational marijuana would generate significant revenue for the state, it will also help address some of Connecticut inequality concerns, state Rep. Robyn Porter said.


Proponents of recreational cannabis say they are still short votes for legalization
CTNewsJunkie – September 12, 2017
State Rep. Robyn Porter continues to advocate for the legalization of recreational marijuana saying it is a social issue.


Connecticut bill that would help police buy body and dash cams moves to Senate
The New Haven Register – June 2, 2017
A bill that makes it easier for municipal police departments to access state funding for body and dash cameras has moved through the state House of Representatives for consideration by the Senate. State Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, said this legislation will not only help maintain safety for police officers and residents, but it will also restore public trust in law enforcement.


House passes protections for pregnant women in the workplace
The Connecticut Mirror – May 23, 2017
The House of Representatives voted 120-30 to pass a bill that would enact specific protections for pregnant women who are in the workplace or seeking employment.


Video of teenager’s fatal shooting may contradict initial police account
The New York Times – May 16, 2017
State Rep. Robyn Porter advocates for a bill she wrote that would speed up the investigative process and suspend officers in many cases involving the use of excessive force.


Lawmakers make late push for police accountability
The Connecticut Mirror – May 16, 2017
Following a police shooting in Bridgeport that left an unarmed 15-year-old boy dead, Democratic lawmakers advocate for more police accountability and transparency.


Gender pay equity bill passes – minus key wage-history provision
The Connecticut Mirror – April 12, 2017
A measure to promote pay equity among men and women advanced April 12 in the House of Representatives.


Prison reform advocates seek to end solitary confinement
The Hartford Courant – March 27, 2017
In recent years, Connecticut prisons have sharply reduced their use of solitary confinement. Through House Bill 7302, the legislature’s judiciary committee seeks to provide greater transparency around the use of solitary confinement as well as instituting new training and safety procedures for correctional officers.


New Connecticut law requiring guns be surrendered in restraining order cases takes effect Sunday
The New Haven Register – September 30, 2016
A new law will require a person to surrender their firearms if they are subject to a temporary restraining order. It further bars them from getting those guns back until there is a court hearing. State Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, said this law will ensure men and women won’t face the threat of gun violence in the most dangerous moments of their relationship.