Working on Electric Vehicle Legislation

November 30, 2023

I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and that preparations for the holiday season are going accordingly. As we inch toward the new year, I am focused on addressing electric vehicles (EVs) in the new legislative session. My colleagues and I will be working collaboratively on new, reasonable, and affordable EV policy.

The state's new discount prescription drug program has been up and running for two months. Please read below to find out how you can save on medication and how many people in our community have already registered!

Below you will find the following sections in today's email:

  • Working on Electric Vehicle Legislation
  • Discount Prescription Drug Program Enrollment Update
  • Shop Local This Holiday Season
  • Unemployment Insurance Help
    Working on Electric Vehicle Legislation

    You may have heard about Governor Ned Lamont’s decision to withdraw from a plan to ban the sale of gas powered vehicles in Connecticut by 2035. While the issue has been tabled for the time being, it is a major legislative priority in 2024.

    Connecticut legislators voted nearly unanimously 19 years ago for legislation requiring the state to adopt standards mirroring California's for light-duty passenger vehicles. We began implementing clean car standards in 2008 and have updated the standards periodically since then to maintain California's standards.

    Governor Ned Lamont's proposal was an attempt to keep our environment safe and clean for the 21st century. He made it clear that we need a plan to move forward. In the words of Taylor Swift, "failing to plan is planning to fail." It's time to move forward to protect our planet and the lives of our next generation.

    We are focused on collaborating with important stakeholders like electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers, local businesses, municipalities, and residents to ensure infrastructure necessary to support this transition, such as charging stations, is widely available.

    We want to move forward with thoughtful policy allowing our society to invest in EVs with realistic goals and costs. We also want to pass legislation that would make emerging EV technology affordable and accessible for everyone. We can accomplish this by providing more incentives, starting initiatives informing the public about the benefits of EVs, and investing in research and development for EV technology.

    Electric vehicles are part of the future for a clean planet. Industry experts explain the average price Americans are paying for new EVs continues to drop from year to year. Connecticut will likely not dictate the EV market, but the action we take now will better prepare our communities for the inevitable transition to alternative sources of energy.

    House Majority Leader Jason Rojas, Speaker of the House Matt Ritter, Rep. Gary Turco, Rep. Anne Hughes, Rep. Lucy Dathan, myself, and Rep. Aimee Berger-Girvalo
    Please CLICK HERE to listen to Tuesday’s press conference.
    Discount Prescription Drug Program Enrollment Update

    More than 12,000 Connecticut residents have signed up for the state’s prescription drug discount program called ArrayRx. Registration started about two months ago after my colleagues and I voted this program into law.

    Those who sign up, including those on Medicare, will receive a free Rx card with savings up to 80% on generics. All FDA approved prescriptions are included. This program is a tool to deal with the dramatic rise in the cost of prescription drugs.

    Click Here To Learn More About ArrayRx
    The Office of the State Comptroller recently released its full ArrayRx enrollment list by town. CLICK HERE to see how many people in Wilton, New Canaan, and Ridgefield have signed up.
    Shop Local This Holiday Season
    I had a great time shopping this holiday season in New Canaan with some of my colleagues including Governor Ned Lamont. Please consider shopping local in order to support our neighborhood businesses.
    Unemployment Insurance Help

    The Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) will host an online seminar on Thursday, December 14 at 10:00 A.M. Organizers will provide an overview on Connecticut’s Unemployment Insurance system, eligibility requirements, and the responsibility of employers who are subject to Connecticut’s Unemployment Compensation Law.

    Several experts from the CTDOL's Legal Division will provide valuable information. Each speaker has more than 30 years of experience working within the Unemployment Insurance Program.

    Topics will include:

    • Background of the Unemployment Insurance system
    • Claims filing in Connecticut
    • Eligibility determinations
    • Employer charging
    • Overview of eligibility regulations
    • Employers’ obligations
    Register Now!