Legislative Updates

June 5, 2023

The House of Representatives is in session as we you read this email, pushing through the final 72 hours until our June 7 adjournment.



Below are some of the bills of note that I supported and that recently passed the House.



✅ HB 6901: Connecticut is the fifth-highest student debt holder in the nation. This bill establishes a program to reimburse some student loan payments for certain Connecticut residents and incentivizes them to stay in our state.
✅ SB 922: Under this bill, Connecticut higher education institutions can no longer withhold transcripts as a means to collect debt.
✅ SB 1117: Expands protections for victims of human trafficking by prohibiting hotels, motels, and similar operators from offering discounts on many hourly rates.
✅ SB 1018: Expands your ability to collect the small remaining cash balance of a gift card and it eliminates the requirement to provide the proof of purchase or a gift receipt.
✅ SB 1017: The task force goal of this bill is to ensure that our local emergency services and firefighter departments have enough personnel to keep our communities safe and protected.
✅ SB 1102: Exciting news for healthcare! This bill expands pharmacists’ roles to include ordering and administering COVID-19, HIV, and influenza tests, prescribing HIV-related prophylaxis, and administering epinephrine cartridges. Plus, mobile pharmacies are now allowed with DCP’s approval.
✅ SB 1165: High schoolers should be financially literate. Educating students about managing money and debt can help them with a much brighter financial future.
✅ SB 953: Modernizes Connecticut's racial profiling law to reflect the reality that often race is not the only motivation for detention, but a major contributing factor.
✅ SB 1103: Data privacy is a high priority; this bill establishes regulations and procedures for how state departments will regulate and use artificial intelligence and creates a working group to look at certain issues concerning AI.
✅ HB 6599: Intimate partner violence is a leading contributor to death during pregnancy. To help identify and circumvent tragedies, this bill requires the distribution of educational materials to pregnant and postpartum patients on intimate partner violence in birthing hospitals and healthcare providers.
✅ HB 6762: This bill includes provisions for early childhood education, special education, audits of state and local testing requirements, a Multilingual Learners Bill of Rights, and the establishment of a task force to study and develop strategies to improve and promote civic engagement and instruction on civics, citizenship, media literacy and American government.
✅ SB 913: The reality is some people witness traumatic incidents on the job. This bill expands coverage to make all employees eligible for workers' compensation coverage for post-traumatic stress injuries.
✅ SB 1108: Students should not have to choose between their education and their reproductive health. That’s why this bill requires the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the UConn Board of Trustees to establish a plan for providing reproductive health care services to students living on residential campuses.
✅ SB 956: This bill requires written hospital and nursing home discharge plans for patients, to include the date and location of each follow up medical appointment and a list of medications the patient is taking.
✅ HB 6796: Expands on legislation we passed last year to prevent the theft of catalytic converters by allowing the sharing of information among law enforcement units in other states, creating a uniform approach to the sales and penalty for the theft of a catalytic converter and establishing a task force to further study how to deter these thefts.
✅ SB 869: Expanding career options for workforce advancement is one of our top priorities. This bill will direct the Office of Workforce Strategy to help identify additional career training opportunities and training providers through the Connecticut Career Accelerator Program.
✅ SB 9: This is a multipronged healthcare bill. This measure addresses our state's response to the fentanyl and opioid abuse crisis, ensures access to reproductive healthcare, improves the overall health of Connecticut residents, grows and protects our health care workforce.
✅ SB 1148: Human and bear interactions are growing more commonplace. This bill ensures that you have the right to defend yourself and others from a bear. This law also prohibits the feeding of bears to reduce the number of bears approaching people.
✅ HB 6397: This requires Connecticut state agencies to create a roadmap to decarbonize Connecticut’s economy and secure federal funding for this decarbonization effort.
✅ SB 100:This bill provides funding for cities and towns to test for and remediate drinking water contaminated with PFAS. This will help the communities throughout Connecticut struggling to address well water with elevated levels of PFAS.



Last week, we delivered on a key legislative priority by addressing specific concerns affecting our Intellectually, Developmentally Disabled (IDD) population, which has been lacking adequate funding and services for far too long.

HB 5001 is a comprehensive multi-year measure that expands vital services to these vulnerable individuals, so that their most basic needs are properly met. This new bill passed on Tuesday complements the children's mental health legislation that became law last year.
Key provisions in this wide-ranging bill, which reflect strong bipartisan efforts, include the reduction of waitlists and updating a decades-old approach to serving this community.



In addition, this bill establishes a solid framework to address:

  • Housing Needs
  • Educational and Transitional Services
  • Transportation
  • Day Programming
  • Career and Job Coaching
  • Life Skills Training
  • Behavioral Service

It is my goal to continue working on finding solutions that not only bring a level of relief and peace of mind to guardians and family caregivers, but to the individuals who are developmentally challenged to help them reach their best potential.

The bill awaits action in the Senate.