Weekly Update - May 3rd

May 3, 2024

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Dear Neighbors,
I trust this message finds you and your families in good health. Thursday brought an eventful day to Norwalk, with a significant fuel tank accident in South Norwalk. I am relieved to report that there were no serious injuries, and my primary concern remains the safety and well-being of all those affected by this incident.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to the Norwalk Fire Department, alongside other local stations, for their exceptional efforts in containing the fire and preventing further damage. I also commend the coordinated response of various agencies, including the Norwalk Police Department, Mayor Rilling, CT Department of Transportation, The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, and South Norwalk Electric Works.
It is reassuring to know that we have dedicated individuals and resources ready to respond to emergencies and ensure the safety of our community. In brighter news, I am excited to share updates on the legislative progress we have made in the House this session, including the successful passage of key priority bills. Additionally, I will be hosting a press conference later today in support of Ayiti (Haiti), highlighting essential initiatives and partnerships that benefit our global community.
I invite you to explore this week's newsletter for more exciting updates and news. Furthermore, a special celebration took place on Wednesday night for someone you may know. Can you guess who it was?
I encourage you to stay engaged and informed by delving into this week's newsletter. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead!
Warm regards,


A Call to Action for #Ayiti (Haiti)
I will be hosting a press conference later today entitled "A Call to Action for #Ayiti(Haiti). I support the Haitian community. It needs all of our support. Please see the flyer below for more details.
Addressing the Fuel Tanker Spill on I-95
Fortunately, no one was hurt but what a way to start the day on Thursday, and what an adjustment we here in Norwalk and those who travel I-95 will have to make as a result of the motor vehicle accident involving a gasoline-filled tanker that crashed under the Fairfield Avenue Bridge. The bridge has to be demolished. Governor Lamont declared a State of Emergency Thursday night. Click on the image to read it. To read more about the accident, please click HERE.
As your State Representative and member of the Transportation Committee, I will be dialed in on the progress of this situation and will provide updates when I can.
House Passes Comprehensive Climate Bill
This is a big one we got passed here, folks. We got it done late Wednesday night but we in Connecticut are committed to mitigating the climate crisis.

The first step is acknowledging there is a crisis.

I proudly joined my Democratic colleagues and voted to pass one of our top legislative priorities this session, 

HB 5004, also referred to as the 2024 Connecticut Climate Protection Act. Protecting the environment and working to combat the effects of climate change should be a shared priority because the act of doing nothing is far-reaching and touches every aspect of life on Earth.
This bill:
  • Updates the state's Global Warming Solutions Act to make our greenhouse gas emissions targets more in line with other states in the region;
  • Creates incentives for businesses and municipalities that engage in clean economy sectors or engage in environmentally sustainable projects;
  • Plans for transition to a clean economy, workforce training, and long-term policy implementation; and
  • Supports and expands nature-based solutions, such as preserving marshlands and forests

We can make a difference in the quality of life for future generations of our residents. The time to start making necessary changes is now. 

The bill now heads to the Senate for its consideration. 

Child & Family Nutrition Bill Clears House Unanimously
I'm committed to the health and well-being of our community’s families and children by joining my colleagues in the House of Representatives to unanimously pass HB 5003. This comprehensive legislation ensures mothers and children who are eligible for federal benefits, such as WIC, are enrolled in these programs with ease and confidence. This bill aims to reduce barriers to participation in WIC.

This bill:

  • Keeps Connecticut families healthy: It allows Connecticut agencies to more easily enroll children and parents who qualify into federal nutrition assistance programs to keep our families healthy.
  • Promotes outreach and information to access these federal programs that Connecticut underutilizes.
  • Promotes Connecticut farmers by supporting them to participate in these programs at farmers' markets. 

When we grow healthy children, they are less likely to develop nutrition-related chronic diseases, they are at a lower risk of cavities/tooth decay, they have improved mental health, and they have improved participation in other social service programs. In general, children are better off when their families participate in WIC.
The bill, another one of our priorities this session, now heads to the Senate for consideration. The 2024 legislative session ends on May 8th.

To see the complete list of bills we've passed in the House so far, please click HERE.

CT Financially Strong and Balanced
Connecticut’s fiscal forecast is brighter than ever. It is strong, steady, and balanced. To read the full April 2024 consensus revenue forecast, please click on the image below. 
Thank You!
I would like to thank my wife, Sandra, for surprising me with a birthday cake on Wednesday! After session, in the Democratic Caucus Room, fellow lawmakers and members of the legislative cigar caucus were on hand to celebrate my big day.

Thank you to my beautiful wife and to all who joined in and sent the best of birthday wishes throughout the day!

As always, feel free to call me at 1-800-842-8267 or email me at Travis.Simms@cga.ct.gov if you have any questions or concerns. Also, please like my official Facebook Page for regular updates.


Travis Simms
State Representative


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