Marijuana Informational Hearing

April 8, 2016

I hosted an Informational Hearing at the Legislative Office Building to start a public conversation about the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

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Marijuana Informational Hearing

March 30, 2016

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.

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Aquarion Water Co. Looking for Environmental Champions

March 10, 2016

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.

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Scholarships For High School Students Available

March 8, 2016

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 Application deadline is Friday, March 18, 2016.

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Stop Taxing Feminine Products!

February 16, 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!

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Marijuana Legalization Talks Renewed

February 11, 2016

This session, I introduced HB 5209, a bill concerning the regulation, taxation and use of marijuana. I am working to engage my leadership in a conversation to at least allow a public hearing on this bill.

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UConn Tuition Increase Opposed

December 8, 2015

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.

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Small Businesses Booming In New Haven

August 10, 2015

I joined the Spanish American Merchants Association, Inc. (SAMA), Mayor Toni Harp, local officials and friends for a ribbon cutting ceremony in New Haven and the welcoming of various small businesses to the New Haven area.

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