The state Department of Public Health and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection have issued a joint advisory recommending residents to avoid eating fish from the Hockanum River.
On Thursday, the State Bond Commission voted to release significant funding for Manchester and East Hartford. This is welcome funding for our community. These awards will help advance our state's manufacturing industry, expand access to high-quality, affordable healthcare for our residents, protect drinking water, and offer residents a place to enjoy the outdoors.
The House was in session on Wednesday. In addition to some nominations to state boards, commissions, and agencies, we voted to pass two pieces of legislation to expand access to absentee ballots and extend outdoor dining for restaurants.
For far too long, our public school districts have received consistently imbalanced funding, and despite progress over the past several years to use a more equitable education funding model, there are still some school districts that are severely underfunded while others have seen their fair share of state resources. HB 5283 could help repair our state's inequitable education funding system and provide our schools with a comprehensive approach to fund all our K-12 public schools. This bill would invest millions in our state's public schools and offer our students vitally-needed resources, services, and programs.
CT Attorney General Tong, State Reps. Allie-Brennan, Currey, Advocates Condemn Recent Attempts to Target Access to Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Children in TexasFebruary 24, 2022
Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, State Representatives Raghib Allie-Brennan (D – Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, Redding) and Jeff Currey (D – East Hartford, Manchester, South Windsor), and local advocates are speaking out against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's recent allegations that gender-affirming surgery is "child abuse" and Texas Governor Greg Abbott's order for an investigation into these services.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives convened to vote on the extension of the emergency declaration to June 30, 2022, and the bill that outlines which of the Governor’s prior executive orders will remain in place, and the dates in which they will expire prior to the June 30, 2022 end date.
Opening day of the 2022 session is February 9 and we'll be back the next day to debate and potentially codify some of the governor's executive orders into state law. Details are still in the works, so stay tuned for additional updates. I hope you'll take a moment to familiarize yourself, or refamiliarize as the case may be, with the Connecticut General Assembly’s website and all of its features available at your fingertips so you never miss anything happening here at the Capitol or Legislative Office Building.