I was honored to participate in a discussion at the White House on Wednesday to discuss how Connecticut is improving child care. 91 legislators from 41 states convened to share recent child care policy achievements and to support their work to make child care more affordable.
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.
Governor Ned Lamont signed House Bill 6737, An Act Establishing the Crime of Harmful Communication with a Minor, into law. This creates a Class A Misdemeanor for any adult over the age of 25 who intentionally targets a minor through online communication for the purpose of exploiting or abusing that child.
The House of Representatives is meeting nearly every day between now and June 7, when the legislative session comes to an end. As we vote on bills, I want to inform you that Connecticut has been awarded $10 million in state funding from the American Rescue Plan to upgrade and enhance our senior centers.
Camp Argo and Peck Place School in Orange received state funds for new learning opportunities over the next two summers. The comes from the Connecticut Summer Enrichment Program, which is designed to connect students whose education was compromised during the pandemic.