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 2019. As the session continues, this list will grow, so be sure to check back here for more updates. To see a list of list of our accomplishments from last session, click here.

 

We Invested in Renewable Green Energy

HB 7156 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROCUREMENT OF ENERGY DERIVED FROM OFFSHORE WIND
The passage of this legislation positions the state to grow as a leader in green energy technology and ultimately help Connecticut achieve its renewable energy goals, while also growing Connecticut’s maritime industry. Not only will this measure make a positive impact in sparking economic growth, but it will create good-paying jobs, lower energy costs for ratepayers, and promote economic development in New London, New Haven and Bridgeport.  It also includes provisions to protect and minimize impacts on the environment and fisheries.

 

We Raised the Minimum Wage

HB 5004 - AN ACT INCREASING THE MINIMUM FAIR WAGE
No one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, but many of our state’s full-time workers struggle to support themselves and their families because wages are too low and have not been increased since 2017. The House approved HB 5004 to increase the minimum wage incrementally to $15 by 2023.

 

We Banned the Sale of Ghost Guns

HB 7219 - AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS
This session, we passed legislation that bans guns without serial numbers and regulates those which are sold in a form requiring the purchaser to finish assembly or that are homemade or 3-D printed.

 

We Passed Ethan's Law

HB 7218 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS IN THE HOME AND FIREARM SAFETY PROGRAMS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS​
The House of Representatives passed Ethan’s Law by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. This legislation requires the safe storage of all firearms, whether loaded or unloaded, in a home with a minor under eighteen years of age. We are proud to be making Connecticut safer in the name of Ethan Song.

 

We Protected People with Pre-Existing Conditions

HB 5521 - AN ACT EXPANDING REQUIRED HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR PREEXISTING CONDITIONS​
This year, we passed legislation that codifies into state law the federal Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions so those protections will exist even if the ACA is repealed.

 

We Protected Tenants and Municipalities from Unscrupulous Landlords

HB 7225 - AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC HOUSING
This legislation will help municipalities enforce local ordinances dealing with the maintenance and safety of properties. Nonresident rental property owners and project based housing providers (PBHPs) will be required to file the landlord’s or agent’s current residential address with the municipality in which the properties are located. The bill also requires PBHPs to file additional identifying information about their owners.​

 

We Passed a Resolution to Allow Early and No-Excuse Absentee Voting

H.J. No. 161 - RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW FOR EARLY VOTING AND NO-EXCUSE ABSENTEE VOTING
The House took action approving a resolution that would include a ballot question to amend the State Constitution to allow for an in-person early voting system. Once the resolution gets final legislative approval, the question will appear on the November 2020 ballot for voters to decide if Connecticut should implement it.