State's New Racial Impact Law Is Signed

July 19, 2018

Rep. Toni Walker and colleagues join Gov. Malloy for a ceremonial bill signing at the Capitol.

Rep. Toni Walker joined her colleagues for Gov. Malloy's ceremonial signing of new legislation that requires a racial and ethnic impact statement be prepared at the request of any legislator. "This new law will help my colleagues and I better understand the impact that potential policies could have on communities of color and help the legislature make better decisions," Rep. Walker said.

Before this new law, a racial impact statement could only be requested by a majority of legislative committee members. According to the law, a racial impact statement must now be prepared by the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research and the Office of Fiscal Analysis as long as a legislator requests one at least ten days prior to the last day session.