Dear Neighbor,

I am pleased to share with you this update on legislation that we passed this session. We approved bipartisan legislation 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. As we work toward a state budget, those remain my guiding principles.

I am committed to fighting for you. 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.

Sincerely,


Pro-Consumer Pharmacy Legislation

I want to protect consumers from profit-driven healthcare companies. 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. This legislation increases transparency and protects consumers. (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)


Education Mandate Relief

This session, the legislature eliminated a number of unfunded mandates including duplicative training requirements for staff, alternative education requirements for expelled students and an indefinite employment lookback period for new hires. This bill also requires the state Department of Education to conduct a survey of school districts to recommend a common, digital way of storing and sharing academic records. (PA 17-220)


Tax Exemption for Gold Star Parents and Spouses

This bill empowers municipalities to grant a tax exemption to the parents or a spouse of a service member who was killed while performing active military duty, also known as a Gold Star recipient. Any Gold Star parent or spouse can apply for this tax exemption, and it is granted at the discretion of the municipalities. A municipality may exempt up to $20,000 or 10 percent of the property’s assessed value. (PA 17-65)


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 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)


Capitol Update 2017 (pdf)