House Democrats continue to fight for the residents of Connecticut. This session, we have crafted legislation that focuses on job growth and economic development, assisting small businesses, and promoting fairness and compassion to all of our citizens. 

Here is a list of our legislative accomplishments in 2017. As the session continues, this list will grow, so be sure to check back here for more updates. 

 

We Increased Access to Capital for Small Businesses

HB 5583 - AN ACT EXPANDING INVESTMENT ELIGIBILITY UNDER THE ANGEL INVESTOR TAX CREDIT PROGRAM
A successful company is nothing more than a group of people willing to invest in an idea. Most business owners have no trouble investing their time and effort, yet they sometimes struggle to find the financial backing required to get their ideas off the ground. This bill allows accredited investors who seek to consult and mentor prospective small business owners to contribute to a fund established to support the growth of small businesses. 

 

We Helped Protect Women from Wage Discrimination

HB 5591 - AN ACT CONCERNING PAY EQUITY IN THE WORKFORCE​
The gender pay gap is one of the most important, far-reaching issues we face as a society today. It affects not only working women, but their families and their communities as well. When it comes to financial fairness, nothing is more fundamental than equal pay for equal work. This bill will help close the gender pay gap. Additionally the bill addresses gender-based discrimination in workplace policies and strengthens anti-discrimination laws.

 

We Developed a Training Program for Police to Handle Situations with Kids with Autism

HB 6260 - AN ACT CONCERNING TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR STATE AND LOCAL POLICE REGARDING JUVENILES WITH AN INTELLECTUAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY
​As we learn more and more about the behaviors of people on the autism spectrum, it is becoming clear that special training for police officers interacting with them is necessary. This bill will require a training program for state and local police that includes training for handling cases that involve the elopement or wandering of children on the autism spectrum.

 

We Banned "Gay Conversion Therapy"

HB 6695 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF YOUTH FROM CONVERSION THERAPY
​"Conversion Therapy" is a barbaric practice that uses psychological and emotional abuse in an attempt to change the sexual orientation of gay children. This session, we took a stand and banned this horrible, misguided method in Connecticut.

 

We Protected Teachers' Retirement Accounts

HB 7161 - AN ACT REQUIRING SERVICE PROVIDERS UNDER CERTAIN RETIREMENT PLANS TO DISCLOSE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
We supported legislation that requires greater disclosure of the fees charged under 403(b)retirement savings plans. 403(b)’s are akin to 401(k)’s for nonprofit employees, educators, and many hospital workers. Unfortunately, they often come with high fees and problematic investments. Hidden fees can eat up a significant portion of a middle-class family’s retirement saving. This legislation will require more transparency in 403(b) plans.

 

We Gave Small Businesses the Tools They Need to Thrive

HB 5584 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF A SMALL BUSINESS HOTLINE
Running a small business is hard work. We must give entrepreneurs the tools and resources they need to succeed. This bill creates a statewide information hotline providing prospective and existing small business owners with customized advice, education, and network resources.