My colleague, State Rep. Toni Walker and I will be hosting an informational hearing to discuss the legalization of marijuana for recreational use next Tuesday, April 5, from 10:00am to 5:00pm in Room 2E at the Legislative Office Building. Members of the public are encouraged to participate, by signing in for an opportunity to voice their views on this issue. Participants will be allowed three minutes and will be called in the order of signing.
Heads up! Aquarion Water Company, the largest investor-owned water company in New England, is again seeking non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals to honor for outstanding volunteer efforts in conserving and improving Connecticut’s natural environment.
The National Hispanic Caucus, (NHCSL) will award the John S. Martinez (JSM) Leadership Scholarship to 11 Latino public high school students in my district. The scholarship is awarded to students recognized for their capacity to lead and serve and their community commitment. Education is the foundation of a strong society. Don’t miss this opportunity to get one of these $3,000 grants. For more information please visit http://www.nhcsl.org/jsm-scholarship-program-2016.php. Application deadline is Friday, March 18, 2016.
I introduced a measure, HB 5119 to make feminine hygiene products exempt from the state sales tax. Taxing tampons and menstrual pads is not only a gender biased injustice, but doesn’t make sense. How is it that these essential items, purchased by half of the population, are not considered a necessity? We have to stop penalizing females. I am adding my voice to the many women who have decried this disparity, particularly women with limited means who are disproportionately impacted by this tax!
The Hartford Courant recently reported that a 4-year tuition increase plan is being considered by the University Of Connecticut Board Of Trustees. As I have stated in the past, tuition increases place yet another stumbling block in the way of already struggling minority students.