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CURRENT NEWS AND ISSUES

August 3, 2021
New Law Officially Voids Racist Land Deed Covenants
Passed unanimously by the legislature, House Bill 6665 prohibits restrictive deed covenants based on race and allows property owners to have such language removed from land records in this state. READ MORE

July 27, 2021
"Tristan's Law" Helps Protect Children at Ice Cream Trucks
Keeping our children safe is an important responsibility of your government, and this legislative session we passed Public Act 21-20 to strengthen the traffic safety measures of ice cream trucks in order to increase visibility to other drivers. READ MORE

July 20, 2021
Access Health CT Offers Special Enrollment Through August 15
If you are still in need of quality, affordable health care it is not too late to get a plan through Access Health Connecticut (AHCT). READ MORE

July 13, 2021
Full Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags Begins
Starting July 1, stores can no longer offer those 10-cent single-use plastic bags at checkout anymore as a new environmental protection law took effect. READ MORE

July 6, 2021
New State Laws Took Effect July 1
House Democrats led the way in passing a number of new laws that went into effect July 1, aimed at improving the quality of life in Connecticut. READ MORE

June 16, 2021
"NIL" Bill Allows College Student Athletes to Sign Endorsement Deals
Bipartisan legislation will greatly benefit student athletes in our state by allowing them to profit off their name, image, and likeness (NIL). READ MORE

June 9, 2021
State Budget Invests in Connecticut's Future, Has No Tax Increases
The new state budget passed by the House has no tax increases while heavily investing in our cities and towns, local nonprofits and families needing vital assistance. READ MORE

June 7, 2021
"Bottle Bill" Encourages More Recycling, Cleaner Environment
The House of Representatives recently took action on modernizing Connecticut's bottle deposit program to encourage residents to recycle and keep our beautiful parks, beaches and streets clean. READ MORE

June 2, 2021
Connecticut Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis
Legislation passed by the House this week recognizes that structural and systemic racism has a significant impact on the social determinants of health, leading to vast health disparities in our state. READ MORE

May 27, 2021
Long Island Sound Blue Plan Becomes Law
Rep. Joseph Gresko of Stratford, our Chair of the Environment Committee, worked to pass legislation that will help protect and preserve Connecticut's natural resource gem Long Island Sound. READ MORE

May 24, 2021
Zoning Bill Will Help Communities Better Plan for Their Future
Our Planning & Development Committee Chair Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey of Fairfield led the debate on House passage last week of HB 6107 which updates and expands state zoning statutes. READ MORE

May 20, 2021
Investing in Upgrades to Our Power Grid
Our House Chair of the Energy Committee, Rep. David Arconti of Danbury, says the time is now to invest in our power grid to improve resiliency and reliability. READ MORE

May 13, 2021
House Democrats Welcome Newest Caucus Member Rep. Corey Paris
Last week, Corey P. Paris was officially sworn in as state representative serving the City of Stamford after winning a special election in April. READ MORE

May 6, 2021
House to Act on Expanding Voter Access
Speaker of the House Matt Ritter announced that the House of Representatives will be acting on legislation that sets the stage to allow for early voting and no-excuse absentee ballots in Connecticut in order to increase voter participation in our elections. READ MORE

April 27, 2021
Tax Credits Approved by Finance Committee Support Families & Businesses
Our House Chair of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, Rep. Sean Scanlon of Guilford, said numerous proposals in the committee’s budget package provide historic tax relief for Connecticut residents and aid businesses in the continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 22, 2021
Appropriations Committee Budget Invests in Working Families, Education, Long-Term Savings
House Democratic leaders praise budget proposal that maximizes federal relief funds to respond to the ongoing pandemic and invest in Connecticut's future for all residents. READ MORE

April 20, 2021
More Stimulus Money May be Available
This year’s extended tax deadline, May 17th, is just under a month away. Filing your taxes is more important than ever to ensure you receive critical federal stimulus money that may be available to you. READ MORE

April 13, 2021
Connecticut Needs to Make Voting Easier
Unlike Georgia which recently adopted a new law to make it harder for voters to cast their ballots, Connecticut can be on the right side of history. READ MORE

April 6, 2021
Racism is a Public Health Crisis
In a recent op-ed, Rep. Brandon McGee, who represents Hartford and Windsor, says he is committed to taking the important step of acknowledging the public health crisis caused by racism and enacting policy that will address its harms. READ MORE

March 30, 2021
State Child Tax Credit Would Ease Burden on Families
To help alleviate the high cost of raising a child, keep people in the workforce and dramatically reduce child poverty, our chair of the Finance Committee Rep. Sean Scanlon has proposed a child tax credit. READ MORE

March 24, 2021
Making Batterson Park a Regional Destination Again
Speaker of the House Matt Ritter (D-Hartford) announced a multi-million dollar effort to restore Batterson Park, the long-shuttered Hartford-owned former recreation area straddling Farmington and New Britain. READ MORE

March 16, 2021
House Passes Legislative Oversight Bill for Federal COVID-19 Funds
With billions of dollars coming to Connecticut as part of Congress' COVID relief package, the legislature acted to ensure they will work in partnership with the Governor on how these resources will be used. READ MORE

March 11, 2021
Recent Legislative Action Signed Into Law By Governor
Three bills recently passed by the General Assembly targeting racial discrimination, protecting taxpayers, and encouraging economic growth are now law. READ MORE

March 9, 2021
Early Voting & No-excuse Absentee Ballots Get Backing of Elections Committee
Resolutions encouraging more voter participation in elections were passed by the General Assembly's Government Administration & Elections Committee and now head to the full legislature to consider. READ MORE

March 4, 2021
Better Rail Service Will Boost Naugatuck Valley Economy
Increased investment in the regional Waterbury Rail Line will spur regional economic growth says Rep. Kara Rochelle, who represents Ansonia and Derby, in a recent op-ed. READ MORE

March 2, 2021
Reps. Exum & Haddad Named to Reapportionment Committee
State Representatives Tammy Exum who serves West Hartford, Avon and Farmington, and Gregory Haddad of Mansfield have been named by Speaker of the House Matt Ritter to the Connecticut's Reapportionment Committee. READ MORE

February 25, 2021
House Overwhelmingly Passes CROWN Act
Connecticut is on its way to becoming the eighth state to ban hair discrimination by making The CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) law. READ MORE

February 23, 2021
Women Deserve Accurate Information to Make Their Choice
In a recent op-ed, Rep. Jillian Gilchrest of West Hartford says every woman deserves access to medically accurate information to make reproductive health decisions that are best for her and/or her family. READ MORE

February 18, 2021
Access Health Special Enrollment Open Through March 15
Access Health CT's (AHCT) Special Enrollment Period is open now through March 15, 2021 for uninsured residents to obtain quality, affordable health care coverage, particularly those negatively affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

February 16, 2021
Bill Would Punish Obstruction of Legislative Process
In response to the horrific insurrection at the U.S. Capitol January 6 by supporters of former President Trump, legislation before our Judiciary Committee specifically prohibits interference with the operations of the Connecticut General Assembly. READ MORE

February 11, 2021
Connecticut Needs to Take Care of Those Left Behind by the Coronavirus Pandemic
Speaker Ritter says in an op-ed he recently authored that federal COVID funding received by the state should be put in a separate reserve and used to help those impacted by the pandemic. READ MORE

February 9, 2021
African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies
A full-year course on Black & Latino history is being added to public school curriculums for students. READ MORE

February 4, 2021
Small Business Grants Available for Women-Owned Companies
Applications are now being accepted for small business grants through the Women's Business Development Council's Equity Match Program. READ MORE

February 2, 2021
New Internet Data Caps Amount to Gouging Customers
Companies such as Comcast have begun adding surcharges for internet customers that exceed arbitrary data limits. READ MORE

January 29, 2021
Finally Federal Funds for States and Municipalities
There will be significant state and local funding in President Biden’s COVID relief proposal. READ MORE

January 27, 2021
Repeal the Poverty Tax
Join Speaker Matt Ritter and House Appropriations Chair Toni Walker in a discussion on repealing the state's inequitable "Poverty Tax." READ MORE

January 27, 2021
Speaker Ritter Promotes Access To Virtual Session
House Speaker Matt Ritter was the featured guest on WNPR's Where We Live. He discussed the legislative session, issues and the importance of emergency executive response to the pandemic. READ MORE

January 25, 2021
Joint Statement of Senate President Looney and House Speaker Ritter re: reauthorizing emergency powers during pandemic
We have agreed to extend the Governor's emergency declaration until April 20th. Our sole focus continues to be safeguarding all Connecticut residents during this historic pandemic. READ MORE

January 15, 2021
State's Fiscal Policies Yield Results
The consensus revenue projections erase a previously estimated deficit and predict a budget surplus in fiscal year 2021, which ends June 30. READ MORE

January 6, 2021
Statements of House Speaker Matt Ritter and Majority Leader Jason Rojas re: Trump Mob at U.S. Capitol
The insurrection, violence and treason at the U.S. Capitol lies directly at the feet of one man - Donald J. Trump. READ MORE