Dear Friends,

I am pleased to share with you this update on the recently concluded legislative session. Each year, my goal is to forge a path for a stronger Connecticut, and the 2017 session was no different. I worked to pass bipartisan legislation that improves the lives of working families, encourages economic growth, and makes critical investments in the future of our children, as well as our state.

I am committed to fighting for you and building a solid Connecticut for future generations. The policies we passed support our small businesses, spur workforce development and ensure that we are making Connecticut more affordable for our young people and our seniors. Although the regular session has concluded, I will continue to work to keep Connecticut a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

I hope you find the enclosed information helpful. Our future is stronger when we work together, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if I can ever be of help to you or your family. It is my pleasure and honor to serve as your state representative.


Economy, Jobs & Economic Development

This session we passed legislation that will help the economy continue to grow. By assisting small businesses the same way we do the larger ones we will give them every opportunity to succeed.

  • HB 5583 An Act Expanding Investment Eligibility Under The Angel Investor Tax Credit Program gives small businesses access to capital by expanding this tax credit. Having sufficient resources to start-up or expand a business is one of the more common issues we hear from entrepreneurs. This law will give them a new pathway to stay afloat during critical times. (PA 17-110)
  • HB 5584 An Act Concerning The Creation Of A Small Business Hotline will assist business owners looking for information on starting and developing new businesses, networking resources and acquiring technical and financial assistance from state agencies. (PA 17-158)
  • HB 7229 An Act Concerning The Creation Of Connecticut Brownfield Land Banks establishes a process for organizing and operating locally approved and state-certified nonprofit land banks to acquire and remediate brownfields and sell the remediated property for redevelopment. (PA 17-214)

Transportation Infrastructure

A strong transportation infrastructure is vital to businesses. By focusing on legislation that will help replace the aging infrastructure we currently have, we will make Connecticut more appealing to new businesses, and in turn, be able to compete with New York and Massachusetts.

  • HB 7138 An Act Concerning Legislative Oversight Of Major Transportation Projects And Planning sets up an independent Transportation Policy Advisory Council to increase oversight of large transportation projects, protect taxpayer dollars and ensure projects spur economic growth. (PA 17-192)
  • HJR 100 Resolution Approving A State Constitutional Amendment To Protect Transportation Funds will guarantee that all tax dollars allocated for transportation can only be used for this purpose.

Consumer Protection & Public Safety

With the economy moving to a digitally based one, it is more important than ever to protect consumers from fraud.

  • HB 5743 An Act Concerning Hate Crimes makes several changes to the hate crime statutes, including enhancing penalties in some cases. Among its changes, it imposes minimum fines for certain hate crimes; desecration of property, deprivation or rights and intimidation based on bigotry or bias. (PA 17-111)
  • HB 7308 An Act Concerning Camera And Recording Devices And Equipment Used By Police establishes a 26-member task force to examine the use of body cameras by state and municipal police officers. (PA 17-225)
  • HB 7015 An Act Concerning Debit Card Fraud And Penalties For Collection Of Rental Payments On Foreclosed Property expands credit card crimes to cover the same conduct involving debit cards. It also changes how notice of a card’s revocation must be sent for purposes of these crimes to cover falsely loading payment cards into digital wallets. (PA 17-26)

Education & Workforce

In order to keep pace with changing industries, our workforce needs to be adaptable and ready to succeed. We passed legislation that will help give our workforce the tools they need to accomplish this.

  • HB 7271 An Act Concerning The Establishment Of The Technical High School System As An Independent Agency establishes the technical high school system as an independent agency. The Technical Education and Career School System will have stronger oversight, more effective governance and will produce a better prepared workforce. (PA 17-237)
  • SB 1026 An Act Concerning Revisions To The High School Graduation Requirements allows for high schools to develop multiple pathways for learning to include cross-curricular graduation requirements, career and technical education, virtual learning, work-based learning, and service learning. This is an important update to our high school graduation requirements that recognizes that not every student learns the same way. (PA 17-42)

Representative Gentile and the local delegation speaking to students at Emmett O’Brien VoTech School.

Capitol Update 2017 (pdf)