|H.B. 5216, AN ACT CONCERNING LOW-COST BANK ACCOUNTS.
For underbanked communities especially, having access to low-cost bank accounts is essential for people to stay on more solid financial footing. With the passage of HB 5216 (which I led passage of as House chair of the Banking Committee), state-chartered banks will offer checking accounts that offer lower deposit requirements, minimal fees, and no overdrafts.
H.B. 5267, AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT'S STRATEGIC PLANNING REGARDING THE PROMOTION OF ARTS AND CULTURE.
Our state is home to several arts and culture institutions which help to enrich the lives of residents, create jobs in their communities, and help to boost tourism. With the passage of HB 5267, the House acted to ensure that Connecticut's arts and culture sector is included in state-wide marketing plans so that we may further promote the great parts of our state. CLICK HERE to read more.
H.B. 5248, AN ACT CONCERNING COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES OF CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS ON OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING.
Gaining meaningful employment is a critical component to reentering your community following incarceration, but too often individuals face significant barriers, which limit opportunity and the ability to succeed in reintegrating. The House passed HB 5248 to remove these barriers for individuals with a criminal record trying to obtain a professional license. CLICK HERE for more details on this bill.
H.B. 5205, AN ACT CONCERNING FAIR RENT COMMISSIONS.
Fair rent commissions are essential to supporting vulnerable populations facing rent hikes that often price them out of available housing. They also help stabilize rental costs in a climate where rates remain at an all-time high. With the House passage of HB 5205, we are a step closer to ensuring that larger cities and towns create these necessary commissions. CLICK HERE for more details on this bill.
H.B. 5232, AN ACT CONCERNING SERVICE ANIMALS
This bill both broadens the rules and regulations which cover the use of service animals for blind of physically disabled individuals (previous law made reference only to service dogs). The bill also allows employees to use sick time to train service animals and increases the amount of time employees may use from to 20 days. CLICK HERE to read more.
H.B. 5386, AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR EPINEPHRINE CARTRIDGE INJECTORS, HEALTH CARRIERS AND PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS.
No family should have to face the difficult decision between affording bills, putting food on the table, or paying for the out-of-pocket charges on critically needed medication. Through passage of HB 5386, the House moved to cap out-of-pocket costs for EpiPens so that families aren't financially strained in accessing these life-saving devices. CLICK HERE to read more.
H.B. 5430, AN ACT CONCERNING OPIOIDS
This legislation works to combat our ongoing opioid crisis by making changes to how its use is treated and prevented. One issue this bill attempts to solve is access to treatment services, which limits the ability of individuals to seek help. This bill lets multi-care institutions reach more people by allowing them to provide substance use disorder treatment services in a mobile narcotic treatment program. To read more about what this bill does, CLICK HERE.
H.B. 5146, AN ACT CONCERNING FOOD DONATION.
HB 5146 makes it easier for supermarkets to provide surplus food to those in need so that we may not only have plans in place that reduce food waste, but also supports members of our communities. CLICK HERE to read more.
H.B. 5313, AN ACT CONCERNING REGISTRATION OF TEMPORARY NURSING SERVICES AGENCIES AND MAXIMUM RATES FOR TEMPORARY NURSING SERVICES AT NURSING HOME FACILITIES.
Nursing homes have faced critical shortages in the last few years and as they work to replace staff, they have faced challenges in recruiting and retaining qualified individuals. Many nursing home have increasingly relied on nursing pool agencies, which often cause the cost of labor to skyrocket. HB 5313 establishes maximum rates nursing pool agencies may charge a facility. CLICK HERE for more details on this bill.
H.B. 5420, AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF AND SERVICES FOR POLICE OFFICERS, CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS REGARDING POLICE TRAINING AND CERTAIN REPORTS.
Our men and women in uniform face increased rates stress, PTSD, depression, and suicide. If an officer undergoes a mental health assessment and requires treatment, they should be able to focus on recovery and not have to worry about their job protection or potential retribution. With the passage of HB 5420, the House has acted to ensure the necessary protections so that officers can focus on their mental health. CLICK HERE for more details on this bill.