Session Update

May 10, 2019

It has been an extremely busy week at the Capitol, and I wanted to highlight legislation that I supported and some other things what I have been working on. This week we passed some sensible guns safety laws with bipartisan support. On Wednesday we began debate on the minimum wage, and the debate went on through the night until noon on Thursday. I worked with local businesses and workers to make sure that this bill addressed their major concerns while moving more full time workers to a living wage.

Minimum wage workers are moving closer to a living wage. The House approved House Bill 5004 to increase the minimum wage incrementally over the next few years to $15 in 2023.

No one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, but many of our state’s full-time workers struggle to support themselves and their families because wages are too low and have not been increased from $10.10 since 2017.

Increasing the minimum wage would protect low-wage workers, help to strengthen economic security, increase their purchasing power and would enhance the state’s economy – more spending power by people earning minimum wage means more spending.

The minimum wage will increase, in a four-year rollout, to $11.00 in 2019, $12.00 in 2020, $13.00 in 2021, $14.00 in 2022 and $15.00 in 2023.

The bill passed 85 to 59 and now goes to the Senate for approval.

Connecticut is a leader when it comes to sensible gun safety laws. This week, we continued our leadership on the issue by passing, with bipartisan support, Ethan’s Law, legislation regulating ghost guns and legislation increasing safe storage in motor vehicles. I want to thank all of the advocates and leaders on this issue, and my Republican colleagues who helped pass this common sense gun safety legislation.