HB 6110: Vaping Products Online Sales
Obtaining e-cigarettes and vaping products online is often way too easy for our younger residents – exposing our youth to a harmful and addictive practice. HB 6110 is common sense legislation that would require online sellers of electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapor products to require ID and to ensure that the name on ID matches the name on the method of payment.
HB 6657: Human Trafficking
Even after the abuse ends, survivors of human trafficking often continue to bear the burden of a criminal record for acts they were forced to do, hindering their ability to rebuild their lives. HB 6657 makes critical changes to existing law by giving trafficking survivors the opportunity to clear all criminal records related to their trafficking. Survivors deserve justice.
HB 6633: Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund
This pandemic, and its subsequent economic crisis, has only further demonstrated that Connecticut must create pathways that not only kick start our recovery but facilitate an economy in which our businesses and families can thrive. HB 6633 is a comprehensive plan that creates a more resilient unemployment insurance trust fund that can endure future recessions.
SB 753: End to Prison Gerrymandering
SB 753 puts an end to prison gerrymandering, a practice where incarcerated Connecticut residents are counted as residents of the towns where they are jailed. This practice has harmed incarcerated individuals and the communities they come from while unfairly benefiting the communities with prisons. A free and fair voting system is the foundation of our democracy, and the passage of this legislation upholds that belief.
HB 6477: Volunteer Fire Department Safety
The safety of our first responders should always be a top priority. HB 6477 ensures that volunteer fire departments and ambulance companies are subject to the same safety regulations as career professionals, allowing CONN-OSHA to protect all first responders.
HB 6602: Third Party Deliveries
COVID-19 has increased our reliance on third party delivery sources, and this increase has exposed some possible concerns with those delivery sources. HB 6602 makes clarifications to ensure small, local restaurants have a voice and their brand is protected by ensuring third party delivery sources cannot falsely suggest a relationship with a restaurant or take orders without first obtaining the restaurant’s written consent.
HB 6355: Red Flag Law
We have a duty to protect our residents from gun violence. The temporary removal of firearms from a person who may pose a threat to themselves or others plays a critical role in preventing unnecessary gun deaths. With the passage of HB 6355, the House has moved to bolster current statute to protect and save lives and avoid tragedies before they happen.
HB 6380: Disclosure of Salary Wages
Women continue to earn less than their male counterparts in the workplace and face a significant disadvantage in salary negotiations. With the passage of HB 6380, the state is one step closer to achieving an end to the gender wage gap and providing equal opportunity for fair negotiations through offering salary range transparency for vacant positions.
HJ 58: Absentee Ballot Voting
COVID-19 exposed the rigidity of Connecticut's voting system. Offering no-excuse absentee voting would move the state out of its steady habits and give voters a convenient way to cast their vote making elections more accessible. The House passed HJ 58 by a simple majority. The CT General Assembly will take this issue up again in 2023. If successful, voters will have the opportunity in 2024 to decide if they'd like to see no-excuse absentee voting in Connecticut's future.
HB 6665: Race-based Deed Restrictions
Race-based deed restrictions and the declaration of race upon an application for a marriage license remain a lingering reminder of the historical wrongs of our past. These covenants resulted in the racial segregation and economic isolation that plague our society and moral conscience today – and it's time to remove them from our state. With the passage of HB 6665, we take a step towards removing two relics of systemic racism and move towards a more equitable future.
HB 6531: Right to Counsel in Eviction Proceedings
Did you know that in Connecticut, less than 7% of tenants have legal representation in eviction cases? In contrast, 80% of landlords do. At a moment when so much is at stake, tenants need support navigating the highly technical and fast-moving pace of eviction cases. HB 6531 provides tenants with fairness and equity by guaranteeing they can obtain legal representation. If passed, CT will be the 2nd state to enact this legislation to protect tenants.
HB 5656: State Food is Pizza
It's time to recognize the contribution of pizza to the state's cuisine and economy – HB 5656 just made its way through the House chamber to designate pizza as the official food of the state.