I am pleased to share with you this update on legislation that we passed this session. We approved bipartisan legislation, including a bipartisan budget, that improves the lives of working families, encourages economic growth, and makes critical investments in the future of our children, as well as our state.
The policies we passed support our small businesses, spur workforce development and ensure that we are making Connecticut more affordable for our young people and our seniors. I will work to keep Connecticut a great place to live, work and raise a family.
I hope you find the enclosed information helpful. Our future is stronger when we work together. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if I can ever be of help to you or your family. It is my pleasure and honor to serve as your state representative.
Pro-Consumer Pharmacy Legislation
In an effort to keep healthcare costs in check we passed pro-consumer legislation for when you go to the pharmacy. Oftentimes, cheaper medications are available but a pharmacist is blocked from telling a consumer because of contractual rules with a health insurance company. Some contracts also forbid pharmacists from suggesting less expensive generic medications. The legislation passed this year prevents these “gag clauses” increasing transparency and protecting consumers from these barriers to affordable medications. (PA 17-241)
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 which will provide prospective and existing small business owners with customized advice, education, and network resources in one place. (PA 17-158)
Funding Workforce Development
Having a high-skilled workforce is critical to attracting new businesses, keeping the high-performing companies we have, and connecting our residents with good-paying, quality jobs. That’s why our budget funds an important new initiative that will strengthen existing workforce development programs and implement new job training opportunities using a mix of public and private funds. Unfortunately, Governor Malloy then zeroed out this funding in the budget holdbacks that he released mid-November. I will fight to get this funding restored because investing in workforce development is critical to our future. (PA 17-207 and PA 17-2)
Funding the Special Transportation Fund
Connecticut’s aging transportation infrastructure has a real impact on our bottom line. According to a report by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the average motorist in CT pays an extra $864 per year because of driving on roads that are in need of repair. That’s why I’m glad that as part of this budget, we agreed to a long-term plan to move more sales tax revenue into the Special Transportation Fund. These resources will help the fund stay solvent. There is still a lot more we need to do, but this was an important step forward. (PA 17-2)
Protecting Pregnant Women in the Workplace
Striking a balance between work duty and taking proper care during pregnancy is not easy. This law will provide reasonable workplace accommodations for a pregnant employee. It applies to the state, municipalities, and any private employer with three or more employees. Such accommodations will include, but are not limited to, allowing them to sit while working or enabling them to take more frequent breaks. It also prohibits classifying an employee in a way that would limit employment opportunities due to her pregnancy. (PA 17-118)