Weekly Updates & Local Happening

May 26, 2023

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Dear Neighbor,
I wanted to send an update on my work at the Capitol, information on important issues, and spotlights on events in the area. Below are some helpful links to click on to jump between sections:
Riverfront Walking Tour
Thank you so much to everyone that attended the Riverfront walking tour with me last Saturday. This is a significant project for the region, and I'm so glad we got to visit and learn more about the long-lasting impact it will have on our community.
Below, please find some wonderful photos of our tour.
If you couldn't make the tour, the Riverfront Recapture team has other dates available here.
Community Innovation Fund Grant Info Session
Next week, I will be hosting a Community Innovation Fund grant information session on Zoom for organizations interested in learning more about the grant and qualifications. If you are interested in participating in the Zoom, please complete this Google Form - https://forms.gle/j5UmFJpc4YrkyRkE9
Gun Safety Bill
The House of Representatives on Thursday passed HB 6667, the most comprehensive update to Connecticut's gun violence statutes since the historic reforms we passed after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
While Connecticut remains one of the safest states in the nation because of our previous legislative action, it does not make us immune to the continuing epidemic of gun violence. HB 6667 is step toward making Connecticut even safer.
We have seen states around the nation recklessly retreat from sensible gun regulations, but Connecticut continues to lead and stand strong in the push to make our communities safer. I want to thank Gov. Ned Lamont for his leadership on this bill in addition to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and the Judiciary Committee for their work on it.

The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.

Period Poverty Awareness Week
Let's talk about period poverty.

1 in 4 people struggle to purchase menstrual supplies due to lack of income. This is called period poverty, and chances are we each know someone who has experienced this need — a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend.
No student should have to miss school, no adult should have to miss work, and no person should have to miss out on daily life because they are unable to afford the material basic necessities they require.

Last year, the state budget included $2 million to address access to menstrual products in Connecticut public school restrooms, on college campuses, and in shelters. We will continue to advocate for access to these basic essentials. 
Other Bills That Passed
We passed some important legislation this week. Here's a quick recap:

HB 6755: Advanced manufacturing is our future – H.B. 6755 establishes a working group to develop a plan for an advanced manufacturing technology center in the state, and to maximize the economic, educational and workforce benefits provided to the state.

HB 5441: HB 5441 is a bipartisan effort that improves the state’s workforce pipeline, including the extension of the existing teacher loan subsidy program for teachers in Alliance Districts, to paraeducators and school counselors.

HB 6880: Education is a top priority for us. HB 6880 makes vital revisions to our education laws that support parents, teachers, families and most importantly, our students.

HB 6486: The House took another step towards sustainability with the passage of H.B. 6486. This bill establishes a state-wide stewardship program for discarded tires and ensures access to tire collection while promoting recycling efforts and holding producers accountable.

HB 5628: Hydropower is a clean and renewable energy alternative that our state could potentially utilize. That’s why we passed HB 5628.

HB 6768: We’re taking another step to protect reproductive rights in our state by ensuring access to emergency contraceptives at pharmacies. HB 6768 will give pharmacists the ability to prescribe medications and medical devices to patients. It also protects pharmacies from prosecution from states whose laws do not allow such activity.

Local Events
Monday is Memorial Day. In memory of many, in honor of all, thank you. Your bravery and service will never be forgotten. Have a safe Memorial Day, and remember - this nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.

There are a number of events this weekend to honor and celebrate Memorial Day - please find a few below.

In Windsor, an observance will be held at the Elm Grove Cemetery at 8 am followed by a ceremony at Veteran's Cemetery at 9 am. Following the ceremony, the Memorial Day parade will march towards Windsor Town Hall, arriving between 9:45 - 10 am. The town hall ceremony includes a special flag ceremony by members of Windsor scouting.

The South Windsor Patriotic Commission will hold their Memorial Day parade and ceremony starting Monday, May 29 at 10 am at the Veteran's Memorial Park on Pleasant Valley Road.

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 maryam.khan@cga.ct.gov.


Maryam Khan


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