January is flying by, and the 2022 legislative session is right around the corner! While we don't gavel in until Wednesday, February 9, the legislative process has already begun with the proposed bill system now open and committee deadlines now set. Legislators, including myself, are beginning to draft legislation and set priorities for the coming session.
As we close out 2021 and are continuing to combat COVID-19, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude and appreciation for the way all of us have worked together over the past year to take care of one another. While we have challenges ahead, I believe that our communities will be stronger on the other side of this pandemic. Thank you all as well for sharing with me your experiences and perspectives as we work to find the best solutions for our community. I'm wishing each of you a happy, healthy, and safe New Year!
The state's recently-formed 36-member Commission on Connecticut's Development and Future is soliciting applications from the public to serve on working groups to make policy recommendations relating to land use, conservation, housing affordability, and infrastructure.
As the first snow of the season melts away, it's a great time to prepare for the winter weather ahead. During our colder months, it's critical to take steps to prevent cold temperature-related health problems and keep yourself and your loved ones safe!
I am pleased to announce that Connecticut's landmark Paid Family and Medical Leave Program has started accepting claims for paid leave beginning January 1, 2022. Under the program, which the legislature passed in 2019, eligible workers will be able to take up to 12 weeks of time off work for certain qualifying events without losing income.