Rep. McGee State Capitol Update

June 29, 2023



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Greetings Neighbor!


I hope you are enjoying Summer and the warm weather that accompanying this season!


Below I have provided a legislative update on new laws going into effect this weekend, along with other items that may benefit you.


As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


I hope you have a happy and safe Fourth of July!


Savin Rock Fireworks Spectacular

Monday, July 3 | 9:15 p.m. | Bradley Point

Rain Date: Wednesday, July 5, 9:15 p.m.



The Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Releases Statement Condemning Attack on State Representative Maryam Khan and Her Family at a Prayer Service 


HARTFORD, CT – Today, the Connecticut Legislative Black and Puerto Rican Caucus (BPRC) released the following statement condemning the actions of a man who attacked state Representative Maryam Khan and her family while they participated in an Eid-al-Adha prayer service at the XL Center in Hartford.  


“I am disgusted by the hateful and vile actions of this individual,” said state Senator and BPRC Chair Pat Billie Miller. “During a time for prayer, togetherness and peace, Rep. Khan and her family were subjected to obscenities and violence. This public attack highlights the audacious nature of hate in our country and unfortunately in our state and must be snuffed out. No one should have to look over their shoulder when they are out with family, in prayer no less. I am praying for Rep. Khan and her family during this traumatic time, one in which should never take place anywhere in Connecticut.”   


"I know that many, if not all of us, in this caucus are a part of it because of our obligation to fight hate and discrimination in all of its forms,” said state Representative and BPRC Vice Chair Antonio Felipe. “Rep. Khan is a kind soul who deserves the same freedom as anyone to express her religious beliefs, to practice peacefully and be in fellowship with her family and community. My heart goes out to Maryam, her children, her family and the entire muslim community. I know she is resilient and will be back fighting for her community very soon." 


According to reports, the representative was grabbed, struck and thrown to the ground by a man who approached her while she was with her sister, a female friend, and her three children, 15 and 10-year-old daughters, and a 12-year-old son. The man also made vulgar remarks towards Khan and her family. According to reports, the representative sustained minor injuries.


Since my last newsletter, the General Assembly has wrapped up the legislative session. I am proud of the work that the legislature was able to accomplish.  Click the photo below to see a recap of how the session went for me.



Fox 61 produced a special on the history of Juneteenth and how Connecticut celebrates this newly recognized holiday. I was honored to take part in this special, and I hope you take the time to watch it.

Watch here

30 UNDER 30

I am honored to be recognized by the Afro Caribbean Cultural Center Inc’s 30 under 30!

A number of new laws that my colleagues and I worked on during the 2023 legislative session to implement meaningful change in our state will take effect in Connecticut on July 1.

See below for some highlights.

Early Voting

Connecticut was one the few states in the country that did not allow early voting that provides voters with options to accommodate busy and hectic schedules. Effective July 1, voters will have 14 days of early voting for general elections, 7 days of early voting for most primaries, and 4 days of early voting for special elections and presidential preference primaries.  


Voting Rights Act

Our state has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country. This new law prohibits intimidation, deception, or obstruction related to voting and allows aggrieved parties to seek remedies in court.


Debt-Free Community College Eligibility Changes

The law extends eligibility for the state’s debt-free community college program to returning students by removing requirements that a qualifying student must be a first-time enrollee at a community-technical college and awards must be applied during a student’s first 48 consecutive months, thus allowing returning students to receive the award if they meet all other eligibility requirements.


Baby Bonds

Under the law, $3,200 would be placed in a trust on behalf of each baby born into HUSKY, the state’s Medicaid program, starting July 1. Those investments would grow over time and recipients could access that money between the ages of 18-30.


Endometriosis Data and Biorepository Program

Endometriosis is an underdiagnosed condition. For those suffering from this condition, endometrial-like tissue grows outside the uterus with nearby reproductive organs often affected. The law requires UConn Health Center to develop an endometriosis data and biorepository program to enable and promote research on early detection and ways to manage the condition in adolescents and adults.


Menstrual Products

Certain public agencies will start providing free menstrual products including public colleges and universities, homeless and domestic violence shelters that receive state aid.

News Laws July 1

Governor Ned Lamont announced that Connecticut Summer at the Museum – the popular state program that enables Connecticut children to receive free admission at dozens of museums across the state during the summer months – is returning for 2023 with more than 120 museums statewide participating.


Governor Lamont
established the program in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of providing children with engaging enrichment and learning experiences during the summer months. Now in its third year, it is funded through a $10 million investment in federal COVID-19 recovery funding Connecticut received from the American Rescue Plan Act.


Under the program, Connecticut children ages 18 and under – plus one accompanying adult – can receive free admission to any of the participating museums, including historic house museums, historic sites, historical societies, art museums, children’s museums, science centers, special-interest museums, natural history museums, university museums, arboretums/botanical gardens, and zoos.


The 2023 program begins on Saturday, July 1, 2023, and concludes on Monday, September 4, 2023. The full list of participating museums is available at


Just in time for your summer adventures!

Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has launched their eBike incentive program where Connecticut residents can get a rebate on their purchase! 

An additional $1,000 voucher will also be available to Connecticut residents that meet any of the following criteria:

Must reside in an Environmental Justice (EJ) community or Distressed Municipality.

Participate in a state or federal income qualifying program.

Have an income less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

Find more information here:


  $23.8 Million of funding

 22 Properties

  15 Connecticut towns and cities

Learn more about this exciting news here:


It's 2023. Fast, reliable internet connectivity is a necessity in our increasingly digital world.

This funding will help us connect unserved and underserved residents and small businesses in our state, leveling the playing field as we work toward our goal of universal access to one gigabit per second download speeds and 100 megabits per second upload speeds that are becoming the standard of the industry. 

Please feel free to contact me at the Capitol at 1-800-842-8267 or by email at if you have any questions or concerns.


Treneé McGee


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