The federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibited racial discrimination by upholding the 14 and 15 Amendments. However, key provisions in the law to protect access to the vote were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, permitting some states to limit access to voting nationally, but not in Connecticut.
Our state has worked to improve voter access to registration, but we’ve since stalled on further expanding access. While we saw a record number of Connecticut citizens register to vote, and vote in the 2018 election, we must continue to remove barriers to voting.
I was proud to support legislation this session that eliminated co-pays and other out of pocket costs for breast ultrasounds and mammograms, and required health insurance policies to cover breast ultrasound screenings for more women.
The 2019 Legislative Session wrapped up Wednesday, June 5, but I’ve still been hard at work. July was a particularly productive month- I joined staff from U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney’s office for Office Hours to meet with constituents, like you, to talk about the most pressing state and federal issues.
The Connecticut General Assembly passed its biennial budget of expenditures, and it has been transmitted to Governor Lamont for his signature.
There is no disagreement that many of our roads and bridges, as well as our entire transportation system, are in disrepair and outdated. Upgrading our aging transportation infrastructure is critical to our future economy, and a longstanding top priority of our business community.
Thursday, State Representative Susan Johnson spoke about the public health issues facing our state during the Progressive Caucus' "Love Note to CT" press conference.
For over a month, many federal employees have been reporting to work and performing their duties - without pay.
The government shutdown affects at least 1,500 Connecticut workers and they are struggling to pay their bills while they wait for their paychecks to resume.