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Current News & Issues
MENTORING PROGRAM PREPARES STUDENTS FOR FUTURE
I recently had the pleasure of visiting with high school students participating in a wonderful after school mentoring program that helps prepare under-served youth for college and future careers. READ MORE
PREVENTING AND RESPONDING TO SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and under that spotlight the House of Representatives voted unanimously last week for legislation (HB 5029) that will overhaul how college and university officials in Connecticut respond to, and work to prevent, sexual assault and violence on campus. READ MORE
ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF CT'S HISTORIC GUN SAFETY LAW
We proved to the country last year in an historic vote that effective, common sense gun safety laws can be passed in a bipartisan manner. We are already beginning to see the positive impact this legislation is having, including keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them. Ultimately, to truly reduce gun violence in this country we need Congress to act, and I encourage them to use our legislation as a model. READ MORE
REVERSE PILOT BILL GETS A CLOSE LOOK
My Reverse PILOT proposal (HB 5583) has been receiving a lot of attention lately. See on the next page my testimony at a legislative public hearing, as well as other recent remarks, and a number of news articles discussing Reverse PILOT. My proposal looks to reduce the growing local property tax burden on families and businesses by having currently tax-exempt private colleges and hospitals pay property taxes directly to their host community, and then seek partial reimbursement from the state. READ MORE
HAMDEN'S CHILDREN'S CENTER & OPPORTUNITY HOUSE AWARDED STATE GRANTS
The Children's Center is receiving $117,000 for building improvements, while Opportunity House was awarded $79,656 for new vehicles.
UTILITIES SHOULD SHOW NEED FOR TREE TRIMMING
Due to concerns expressed by residents about over-aggressive tree trimming by utility companies, such as UI and CL&P, I am working on legislation (HB 5408) that would balance protecting the tree canopy and the unique character of our neighborhoods with the need to protect power lines. READ MORE