Climate Bill, Manfacturing Fair, and more

March 29, 2024

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Dear Neighbor,

Happy Thursday! To all those observing Good Friday tomorrow and Easter on Sunday, I'm wishing you a day of peace, contemplation, and renewal.

In this week's eblast, you can read about the climate bill the legislature passed out of committee, a manufacturing fair featuring New London students, and more. You can click on the links below to navigate between sections
Early Voting Has Begun!
I know it sounds like a broken record, but don't forget: early voting began this week!

For Groton residents, early voting will take place at the Community Center Classroom/ROV Office - 61 Fort Hill Road.

For New London residents, early voting will take place at City Hall - 181 State Street.

The remaining early voting period will take place from 10am-6pm on Saturday, March 30. Due to Good Friday and Easter, there will be no early voting Friday, March 29 or Sunday, March 31.

Take charge of your civic duty and cast your ballot ahead of time. Every vote counts, so let's make our voices heard from day one!

Learn more about early voting at the Groton or New London website,, or by calling 860-509-6200.

HB 5004: A Climate & Legislative Priority
I'm excited to share my commitment to protecting the environment and working to combat climate change. HB 5004 "An Act Concerning the Implementation of Certain Climate Change Measures," was subject to an Environment Committee public hearing on March 8 and was passed out of the Environment Committee 23-11 last week. It now heads to the House Floor for consideration.
The bill, referred to as the 2024 Connecticut Climate Protection Act, is a priority for the House Democratic Caucus.

The bill seeks to respond to the climate crisis by:

1) Updating the Global Warming Solutions Act to make Connecticut's greenhouse gas emissions targets more in line with other states in the region;
2) Creating incentives for businesses that engage in clean economy sectors or employ environmentally sustainable practices;
3) Developing plans for transitioning to a clean economy, including workforce training and long-term policy implementation;
4) Supporting nature-based solutions, such as preserving marshlands and forests.

With this bill, we're saying that sustainability is not only the right thing to do but also the smart, economically competitive thing to do.

Connecting Manufacturers With the Next Generation
This week the 5th annual Manufacturer ConneCTion Fair was held at the State Capitol, bringing together manufacturers from across our state and connecting them with the brightest minds of the next generation of innovators.

This year's manufacturer fair also introduced the college career and internship fair, which featured on-the-spot interviews for internships and jobs.

This year's manufacturer fair attracted over 1,100 high school students exploring a career in manufacturing, more than 115 students from 17 different colleges participating in interviews with 50 Connecticut manufacturers and organizations looking to connect with the young talent, and seven robotics teams showing what they are capable of.

I was so proud to see the Bennie Dover Jackson Multi-Magnet Middle School Campus, the New London High School Multi-Magnet Campus, and the STEAM Whalers Team 3719 participating, showing what New London has to offer for our state's flourishing manufacturing industry.

Connecticut's manufacturing industry is one of, if not the best in the world, and I'm so glad to see how much interest these young and curious manufacturers have in helping to advance this sector. Thank you again to Bennie Dover Jackson, New London High School, STEAM Whalers Team 3719, and all those involved for running this amazing event - I can't wait to see what next year's looks like!
If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns, I can be reached by phone at 1-800-842-8267 or by email at For legislative updates, please like my Official Facebook Page.


Christine Conley


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