Dear Neighbors,

During this year’s legislative session, I worked with my colleagues in the House to pass meaningful legislation to help protect and improve the quality of life for our community. In this newsletter you will find some of the major bills approved by the legislature this session.

I look forward to connecting with you to discuss the new legislation and get your feedback. My goal is always to listen to each one of you and to bring your voices with me to the Capitol as the legislature makes decisions for our collective future.

Some major goals of this legislative session were ensuring the state’s financial security, improving the lives of seniors, recruiting minority teachers, assisting small businesses and implementing public health initiatives.

If you would like more information about the topics in this newsletter or any other issue, please connect with me by visiting my webpage at and clicking “Contact.” I look forward to hearing from you.

Supporting Our Seniors

Taking care of our older citizens was a priority this session. We passed legislation to make sure patients are notified of their rights and available services when nursing homes or long-term care facilities close or reduce the number of beds. We also required nursing homes to allow residents being discharged to pick a caregiver to help them with their discharge plan. Other legislation allows for elderly or disabled tenants of state-assisted housing to pay security deposits in installments.

Recruiting Minority Teachers

As in most states across the country, teachers of color are underrepresented in Connecticut schools. To recruit more minority teachers, we passed legislation that will improve the size and scope of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Task Force and encourage minority students to pursue a college degree in education by establishing a pilot program in certain towns. The program will allow minority students to earn college credits while in high school and take an introductory course in education.

Ban The box

An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment was created to prevent employers from requiring people to disclose a criminal record when first applying for a job. On job applications, people are frequently asked to “check the box” for any arrests or convictions. Under this legislation, the box would be banned and employers would be prohibited from inquiring about a criminal record during the initial application process (but would still have the ability to inquire about criminal history during the interview process). Some employers, such as law enforcement and school districts, which are required to verify an applicant’s criminal history, would be exempt.

Assisting Connecticut Businesses

To ensure job growth and improve Connecticut’s business climate, we passed laws that would allow first-time business owners to receive reimbursement for the initial costs associated with starting up a business, address the teacher shortage issue in the Connecticut Technical High Schools System (CTHSS), develop programs to introduce students and their parents to careers in manufacturing, and adopt the Connecticut Uniform Limited Liability Company Act to offer companies a greater level of consistency to regulate the formation and dissolution of LLC’s.

Tackling The Opioid Epidemic

In recent years, Connecticut, like other New England states, has seen a heartbreaking increase in fatal opioid overdoses. Earlier this year we passed groundbreaking legislation to combat this crisis. This lifesaving law will allow any licensed healthcare professional to administer drugs that reverse opioid overdoses, require municipalities to equip their first responders with the opioid reversal drug Narcan, and cap first-time opioid prescriptions at a seven-day supply.

While there is still more work to be done, this legislation is a historic step forward in both combatting opioid overdose and preventing new cases of opioid addiction.

Capitol Update 2016 (pdf)