Matthew Lesser
At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 4032
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267
Matthew.Lesser@cga.ct.gov
In the District:
1160 South Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Current News & Issues

April 23, 2015
REP. LESSER SPEAKS AT EARTH DAY RALLY
Rep. Lesser joined legislators, students, and environmental advocates on the steps of the State Capitol Building in support of the environmental stewardship bills before the state legislature this session. April 22nd marked the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. READ MORE

April 16, 2015
REP. LESSER HONORS MIDDLETOWN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ON AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
Rep. Lesser honored Middletown High School student Jackie Pawlak with an award for her Autism Awareness Day project. After receiving her award for her impactful project, Jackie was asked to be a guest chaplain for the state House of Representatives for the day. READ MORE

April 16, 2015
HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES FIRST IN THE NATION STUDENT LOAN BILL OF RIGHTS
Rep. Lesser is excited to report that HB 6915, An Act Concerning A Student Loan Bill of Rights unanimously passed in the Connecticut state legislature’s House of Representatives with a vote of 144 in favor, and 0 opposed. If passed in the Senate and signed into law by Governor Malloy, Connecticut would be the first state in the country to adopt such a measure, establishing a student loan ombudsman to regulate student loan servicers and assist student borrowers and parents. READ MORE

April 14, 2015
REP. LESSER DENOUNCES PREDATORY PAYDAY LENDERS
Rep. Lesser held a press conference alongside tribal leaders representing the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes to denounce an exploitative payday lending campaign carried out by lenders owned by the Otoe-Missouria tribe of Oklahoma. These lenders have been targeting Connecticut’s needy residents through email and direct mail schemes promising easy access to cash but with astronomically high interest rates. READ MORE

April 8, 2015
REP. LESSER SELECTED FOR ELITE POLICY FELLOWSHIP
Rep. Lesser has been named a 2015-2016 Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The fellowship is a leadership development program accepting global leaders from a variety of sectors interested in strengthening the transatlantic partnership. Rep. Lesser is the only state official in the United States to have received the prestigious fellowship. READ MORE

March 26, 2015
REP. LESSER APPLAUDS INCREASED GOVERNMENT SPENDING TRANSPARENCY
Rep. Lesser joined State Comptroller Kevin Lembo to announce that Connecticut received an “A” grade in terms of government spending transparency by the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Last year, Connecticut received a “B,” indicating that the state has made improvements toward full spending transparency in recent years thanks to its online government spending databases made available to the public. READ MORE

March 19, 2015
REP. LESSER APPOINTED TO JUVENILE JUSTICE AND POLICY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey appointed Rep. Lesser to serve as a member of the committee which was established to evaluate policies related to the juvenile justice system and the expansion of juvenile jurisdiction to include persons sixteen and seventeen years of age. “I look forward to working with the Committee to find innovative and meaningful ways to increase access to youth support services and reduce recidivism,” said Rep. Lesser. READ MORE

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