Legislative Update February 13

February 13, 2024

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Last Wednesday, the 2024 legislative session officially began. Our committed lawmakers gathered at the Capitol Building, eager to tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 

On Opening Day, we had the pleasure of welcoming back Caroline Simmons, the former State Representative and my predecessor, who now serves as the Mayor of Stamford. Her presence brought an extra layer of excitement to the event as we celebrated her return.

After our House Session concluded, legislators from both the House and Senate gathered in a Joint Session to tackle necessary procedural tasks. Following this, we listened as Governor Lamont addressed both chambers.

It was inspiring to witness the dedication and passion of our elected officials as we gathered to start the legislative session. While we may have different party affiliations, we all have the same goal-- improving our communities.

Please remember that I am here to serve you, and part of my job is to ensure that you're up-to-date with the latest developments from the legislative session. Rest assured, I'm dedicating my energy to champion your interests and drive forward initiatives that promise a more prosperous future for everyone.

Here's how you can stay connected and actively participate: 

  • The non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) recently released the 2024 Major Issues Report. This comprehensive document highlights and summarizes key issues the legislature could take up during the upcoming session. 
  • You can view the Connecticut General Assembly's upcoming events by checking out its schedule on the CGA official website
  • Follow CT-N for live coverage of committee meetings, as well as House and Senate floor debates. 
  • You can register to monitor any bill's journey as it goes through the legislative process. By signing up, you can enter the bill number and receive real-time updates. Stay informed with email notifications whenever there's a change in the bill's progress. 
  • Visit this website for information on how to testify on a bill at a public hearing.

Together, we can make a positive impact and ensure that our community's needs are represented. 

Veteran and Military Affairs Committee Meeting
Last week, the Veteran and Military Affairs Committee held its first meeting of the 2024 legislative session. This committee plays a vital role in advocating for the needs and concerns of our veterans, active-duty military personnel, and their families.

As the Vice-Chair of the Veteran and Military Affairs Committee and a soldier myself, I'm overwhelmingly honored to represent my fellow members of the military community. I remain committed to ensuring that their voices are heard and that we continue to support them in every way possible. 

I'm grateful for the dedication and commitment demonstrated by my fellow committee members. Together, we will work diligently to craft legislation that addresses the pressing needs of our veterans and military personnel. 
Appropriations Committee Meeting
The Appropriations Committee also met last week, which marks the beginning of the appropriations committee process and our commitment to balancing the state budget.

The Appropriations Committee is crucial in protecting our government's stability, health, and operation. As committee members, we are tasked with responsibly allocating state funds to ensure that essential services are provided, vital programs are supported, and our communities thrive. 

As we continue with the appropriations committee process, I encourage you to email me if you have any insights or concerns regarding specific priorities. Your input is invaluable in helping us make informed decisions that reflect the needs of our community.
A Visit with Stamford Firefighters 
Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Joe Micalizzi, the newly appointed legislative representative for the Stamford Firefighters Union. During our meeting, I also had the pleasure of discussing important matters with interim Chief Morris. 
Our conversation primarily revolved around two crucial topics: supporting cancer benefits for firefighters and their families and implementing funding and policies to safeguard firefighters from PFAS chemicals present in their equipment. It was a productive and enlightening discussion that highlighted the need for comprehensive support and protection for these brave individuals who risk their lives to keep our communities safe.
Greater Stamford Young Democrats Meeting
I also had the opportunity to meet with the Greater Stamford Young Democrats (GSYD) last week. This meeting provided a platform for us to engage in meaningful discussions about the issues that matter most to them. We explored various topics, ranging from education and healthcare to climate change and social justice. The passion and enthusiasm displayed by these individuals was truly remarkable. 
I'm grateful for the chance to connect with these bright young minds who are committed to making a positive impact on our community. Their fresh perspectives and innovative ideas will undoubtedly shape our future for the better.

I want to express my gratitude to all those who attended the meeting. Your active participation and thoughtful contributions made it a truly enriching experience. 

American Legion: Oratory Contest
The American Legion Oratorical Contest offers high school students a platform to enhance their understanding of the United States Constitution. This speech competition fosters leadership, historical insight, clear thinking, and articulation while reinforcing the significance of American citizenship responsibilities and rights. 
I was pleased to visit the Stamford Academy of Information, Technology, and Engineering with MSG Finn (the Commander of the local American Legion), Rev. Winton Hill, and State Senator Ryan Fazio where I had the opportunity to meet the two winners of the American Legion Oratorical Contest.

Congratulations to the winners on this well-deserved recognition!

Stamford Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Breakfast
I will attend the Stamford Chamber of Commerce's 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast this Thursday. This event encourages local business leaders, community members, and elected officials to engage in discussions about key issues impacting our city's economic growth and development. 
I am honored to have been invited to participate in the Chamber of Commerce's 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast. It will provide us with the chance to discuss crucial topics that impact our local businesses, job creation, infrastructure improvements, and more. 
Stamford Veterans Resource Center Celebrates 1 Year
I'm also excited to share that I will be attending the Stamford Veterans Resource Center's One-Year Celebration on Thursday! 
The Stamford Veterans Resource Center has been a vital support system for our local veterans, providing them with essential resources, services, and a sense of community. This celebration marks an important milestone in their journey of supporting and honoring those who served our country. 
If you have any issues, concerns, or feedback, I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact me at 860-240-8585 if you ever need anything or by email at hubert.delany@cga.ct.gov


Hubert Delany

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