Capitol Update: LGBTQ Youth Rights, Jobs, Lady Whalers

May 5, 2017

It has been another busy week in Hartford and I want to share some highlights with you. Welcoming New London High School Girls Basketball in both the House and Senate Chambers for a special recognition of finishing their championship season and bringing enormous pride to the Whaling City was definitely a great moment!

  • We unanimously passed a bill in the House banning "conversion therapy," a discredited practice that attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors. This bill will affirm the mental, physical and emotional heath of our vulnerable LGBTQ youth. Here is a link to a Hartford Courant editorial on this.
  • Expanding our efforts to offer second chances to individuals with judicial records, I was proud to support, and the House passed a measure to exempt barbers, hairdressers, and cosmeticians from having to submit a criminal history records check as a prerequisite to state licensure.
  • And finally, I also supported legislation promoting economic development by establishing a small business hotline at the Department of Economic and Community Development to guide small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs. It now awaits action in the Senate.