Legislative Update February 2

February 2, 2024

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I'm excited to kick off the legislative session next Wednesday and continue championing the causes that matter most to you. It's a chance to tackle pressing concerns, introduce impactful laws, and push for initiatives that will bring about significant improvements for everyone in our community.

I encourage you to stay informed throughout the legislative session. In this email, you will find resources to help you stay engaged in the process. Your input and feedback are crucial in shaping our legislative agenda. Together, we can make a difference and create a brighter future for our state.

If you have any specific concerns or ideas that you would like me to address during the session, please don't hesitate to email me directly or call my office at (860) 240-8585. 

Stay Connected This Legislative Session
With the legislative session just around the corner, I am committed to keeping you informed and engaged in the democratic process. 
The resources below will help you stay updated on crucial developments, events, proposed policies, and key discussions as they happen in Hartford. I urge you to please follow along and get involved.

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. 

Unclaimed Property Tax
Do you have money waiting to be returned to you? There’s a good chance you do—and it’s easy to check.
Visit CTBigList.com, Connecticut’s official unclaimed property website, to easily search for your property for free. If you find something, you can instantly file a claim. There is no time limit to claim your funds. 
Lost or forgotten money and other property is handed over to the Connecticut Office of the Treasurer for safekeeping until it can be claimed by its rightful owners. This unclaimed property can include unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts, utility deposits and refunds, annuities, and more. Most unclaimed property owners are individuals, but corporations, municipalities, schools, nonprofits, hospitals, and small businesses are also among those who’ve found they have money owed to them. 

Connecticut has returned more than $1 billion to rightful owners through the unclaimed property program. It’s estimated that one in seven Americans has unclaimed property waiting for them. Visit CTBigList.com today and find out if you have money coming to you, too.

Connecticut Commission on Racial Equity Public Health Report
A dynamic group of experts came together to engage in a vital conversation about Connecticut's proactive strategies to break down systemic racism ingrained in state government operations. These leaders shared insights into our commitment to fostering a more equitable workplace. They emphasized the importance of fairness and inclusion in every aspect of employment, from recruitment to career advancement and job security. 
The Connecticut Commission on Racial Equity in Public Health shared its inaugural report and provided some recommendations for building racial equity, including:
  • Establishing leadership buy-in to set the tone for state agencies to advance racial equity work
  • Building infrastructure to support racial equity work in government
  • Requiring state agencies to develop equity plans to identify racial inequities which exist internally and to outline steps to address them
Click Here to Read the Full Report
Equity Study Draft
The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), in collaboration with the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), has conducted a thorough assessment to promote fairness within Connecticut's state agencies and the broader state government framework.

CHRO invites you to review and provide feedback on the findings of the Equity Study Draft Report before it's presented to the Connecticut General Assembly. 

Don't miss the opportunity to voice your thoughts at one of the upcoming virtual public sessions. The first will be held on Monday, February 5th and the second is on Monday, February 12th-- both from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. Access details, including the Zoom Meeting ID and passcode can be found here.
Celebrating Black History Month
February marks Black History Month, a period dedicated to honoring the significant achievements of the Black community and confronting the enduring impact of systemic racism. This year's theme, "African Americans and the Arts," celebrates the profound contributions of Black Americans across various artistic disciplines and their lasting impact on our national culture.

In Connecticut, pivotal moments in Black history are woven into the state's fabric. Notably, Canterbury was the site of the country's inaugural boarding school for young Black girls, the Canterbury Female Boarding School. Torrington was the birthplace of the staunch abolitionist John Brown. During the Civil War, the 29th Colored Regiment, an all-Black unit from Fair Haven, were among the first to march into Richmond, Virginia, after its abandonment by the Confederate Army. Discover more about Connecticut's rich Black heritage by clicking here

Thanks to the tireless work of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus and other colleagues in the General Assembly back in 2019, Connecticut became the first state to require public schools to include Black and Latino history in their curriculums. Black history is American history, and this law ensures that the stories and triumphs of Black Americans will be taught throughout the school year. 

I encourage you to take some time to celebrate and learn more about Black history, locally and throughout America. Connecticut is home to several organizations that honor and celebrate the Black experience, such as the Amistad Center for Art & Culture in Hartford, and the Ruby and Calvin Fletcher African American Museum in Stratford.
Click here to find more places that honor and support Black history and culture in our state. 

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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