I reject the notion that teaching the "Social Emotional Learning" (SEL) components of self-awareness, self-control and non-violent problem-solving is part of a Communist plot, or will lead to pedophilic grooming of young children, or ideological indoctrination (as purported by the anti-CRT adherents). In an era of sky-high rates of suicidal ideation and other mental health problems in our youth, I am all for anything that helps them live in safety. Therefore I will support legislation that increases SEL in our schools. Read more about SEL and its opponents here. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/parents-protesting-critical-race-theory-identify-new-target-mental-hea-rcna4991
Recovery for All (everyactionadvocacy.com)
I support allocations to help public sector safety net healthcare service providers. They work to protect all of us -- regardless of race, gender, zip code, immigration status, or insurance coverage. The pandemic has decimated their worker roles, and they deserve support.
While I respect the sentiments of the group opposed to this bill, HB 6726: An Act Concerning the Regulation of Livestock and Certain Rabbit Processing Facilities, I cannot object to Sec. 27. I see it as supportive of Connecticut's small independent farmers. Currently, our state contains rabbit processors, but they are currently required to take the animals out of the state to a USDA-certified facility, which is both financially burdensome and time-consuming. This simply streamlines the process and gives the farmer more autonomy. (And contrary to the narrative being circulated, the rabbits in question are not pets; they are rabbits bred for their meat.)
Climate Action (phone2action.com)
Yes, I support several bills (and wrote two) aimed at reducing carbon emissions and improving environmental equity. As Vice Chair of the Environment Committee, I put much of my effort here at the Capitol on bills aimed at protecting the environment. I support all the bills mentioned in this email.
Reproductive Rights (votervoice.net)
As a pro-choice legislator, I intend to vote to make reproductive health as equitable as possible. And the offensive tone of the emails I'm receiving -- in which trans people are disrespected and mocked -- does nothing to advance the cause of the writers.
Election Day Registration (actionnetwork.org)
Although the writers of this email did not mention a specific bill, I am assuming they mean HB 5086, which would have eliminated Election Day registration. This bill did not make it out of the Government Elections and Administration Committee, so it died weeks ago. Had it made it to the House floor, I would have voted against it, because I believe in expanding, not contracting, voting access for all people.
HJR 261 (grassrootsmessages.com)
Because this resolution would require changing our State Constitution in order to change how we post bail bonds, it will take two consecutive sessions (and a 2/3 majority) to pass. If it comes up for a vote, I will vote in support. I realize this runs contrary to many of the emails I am receiving - it's my understanding that the mass mailing comes from those who make a living as bail bondsmen, who do not want the system changed. However, this article will give you some context for my support of the resolution. https://www.ctinsider.com/projects/2023/ct-restraining-order-violations/?src=rdctppromostrip&_ga=2.259600013.680099494.1684332354-1436841186.1684332354
Although the state invested in Care4Kids and early childhood care providers last session, we have a very long way to go in helping these foundational industries. No working family can thrive without such childcare help, and we need to support providers to the fullest extent the budget allows.
Tip Credit (p2a.co)
I support the elimination of the tipped wage. While some restaurateurs object to this on the premise that waitstaff make significant tips, not all do. For many workers trying to support families by working jobs that have varying paychecks, (not to mention unpredictable hours) there is often a great deal of stress and financial precariousness. Furthermore, since minimum wage is required by all other employers, it seems only right that restaurants pay the same as other employers are required to do.