Legislation We Are Following

Clean Slate

SB 1019

AN ACT CONCERNING THE BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES, ERASURE OF CRIMINAL RECORDS FOR CERTAIN MISDEMEANOR AND FELONY OFFENSES, PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION BASED ON ERASED CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD INFORMATION AND CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO MISDEMEANOR SENTENCES.

To (1) require certain training to members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles and to require the board to provide a written explanation when denying a pardon, to streamline record erasure in the case of misdemeanors and certain felonies, (2) waive certain fees for applicants for a pardon, (3) allow for appointment of a deputy warden to serve as director of reentry services, (4) establish a reentry employment advisory committee, (5) prohibit discrimination against a person based on such person's erased criminal history record information, and (6) enact the Connecticut Sentencing Commission's recommendations with respect to misdemeanor offenses.

 

 

 

Environment

Proposed SB809

AN ACT CONCERNING THE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT OF HARTFORD COUNTY.

Introduced by Sen. Slap

Have state auditors review MDC’s books annually
Have the MDC adopt a model municipal ethics code
Create a task force to review the MDC's charter
Passing legislation like this requires a collaborative approach, so I’m eager to hear from you about this proposal.

 

Gun Reform

HB05531

AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN EXCISE TAX ON AMMUNITION.

Legislation introduced by Rep. Jillian Gilchrest 18th.

Health Care

Raised S.B. No. 842

AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE AND HEALTH CARE IN CONNECTICUT.

Referred to Committee on INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE (Kate Farrar is a member)

Public hearing: February 9, 11am

Legislation that is in development to create a public option. The proposal, which has yet to be assigned a bill number, would accomplish the following:

  • Establishes public health care options to allow Connecticut's small businesses, nonprofits, and unions to access affordable, high-quality health insurance by leveraging negotiating power and existing programs of the state employee health plan;

  • Expands coverage to make Connecticut's healthcare system more equitable by expanding eligibility for Medicaid (HUSKY) and expanding health insurance options for undocumented individuals and families who are shut out of the health care market;

  • Ensures health insurance products are affordable and high-quality by addressing high-deductible health insurance plans and lowering out-of-pocket expenses; and

  • Increases financial assistance to make insurance more affordable by expanding subsidies for the individual market and lowering premium out-of-pocket costs for middle-class Connecticut families

Talking points
FAQs and Rebuttals
Poll memo

 

Proposed H.B. No. 6334

AN ACT PROVIDING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS REGARDLESS OF IMMIGRATION STATUS.

Introduced by Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, Rep. Tammy Exum, Rep. Kate Farrar, Sen. Derek Slap

Raised Bill SB 835

AN ACT CONCERNING DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING PRACTICES OF LIMITED SERVICES PREGNANCY CENTERS.

Introduced by Public Health Committee, Rep. Gilchrest, chair

Public hearing: February 10, starting 9am.


Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Raised H.B. No. 6662

AN ACT DECLARING RACISM AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND ESTABLISHING THE COMMISSION ON RACIAL EQUITY IN PUBLIC HEALTH.

SB1

AN ACT EQUALIZING COMPREHENSIVE ACCESS TO MENTAL, BEHAVIORAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH CARE IN RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC.

Sexual Assault Crimes

HB05365

AN ACT CONCERNING SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE ABSENCE OF CONSENT.

Legislation introduced by Rep. Jillian Gilchrest 18th.

Tax Reform

Proposed HB 6187

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RESTRUCTURING OF CERTAIN TAXES AND TAX EQUITY.

Legislation introduced by Gilchrest, Farrar, Gibson

The following changes to Connecticut's existing tax code were proposed:

  • Digital ad revenue taxes for companies with annual revenue over $10 billion (Google, Facebook and Amazon)

  • A property tax on the portion of market value of homes with a market value of over $2 million

  • Reduce estate tax exemptions to $2 million

  • Increase corporation business tax rates for entities with gross income of/over $100 million, extend/increase current surtax to 20 percent

  • Impose new capital gains, dividend and taxable interest for individuals with income of more than $500,000

  • Raise individual income tax rates for individuals earning more than $500,000 per year and $1 million per year.

Voting

Proposed H.B. No. 5884

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY RANKED-CHOICE VOTING.

Sponsored by Turco, Farrar, Gilchrest

 

America and Connecticut need Ranked Choice Voting

https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/the-time-has-come-for-ranked-choice-voting/

SJ-3

RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PERMIT EARLY VOTING.

 

SJ-4

 

​RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PERMIT NO-EXCUSE ABSENTEE VOTING.

Here's a sample phone script you can use live or via voicemail:

Hello Senator (__________), my name is (_____________) and I am a voter in your district. I am calling to make sure you will protect our democracy in Connecticut by voting in favor of the following measures in the 2021 legislative session:

1. A constitutional amendment to allow all registered voters to vote by absentee ballot without an “excuse”.

2. A constitutional amendment to allow early, in-person voting.

3. Legislation to implement automatic voter registration (AVR) beyond the Dept. of Motor Vehicles to other state agencies and to update the online voter registration (OVR) system.

4. Legislation to restore voting rights to individuals on parole.

5. Legislation to allow for absentee ballots to be counted early, and for secure ballot drop boxes.

Can I count on your support?

Or use this link:

 https://actionnetwork.org/letters/write-your-state-legislators-we-must-modernize-democracy-in-connecticut?source=direct_link&

SB155

AN ACT CONCERNING THE COUNTING OF INCARCERATED PERSONS FOR PURPOSES OF DETERMINING LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS.

To provide for the adjustment of population data so as to count incarcerated persons as residents of their last town of residence rather than as residents of the town in which the correctional facility is located.

Welfare Liens

HB 6516

AN ACT MITIGATING ADVERSE TAX CONSEQUENCES RESULTING FROM EMPLOYEES WORKING REMOTELY DURING COVID-19, AND CONCERNING THE REMOVAL OF LIENS ON THE PROPERTY OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE BENEFICIARIES AND A THREE-TIERED GRANTS IN LIEU OF TAXES PROGRAM.

Removal of liens supported by the Greater Hartford Interfaith Council (GHIAA)

Success! Passed and signed by the Governor!  3/21

 

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13th - Sen. 04
Jason Doucette

House District 13

Democrat

Glastonbury, Manchester

http://housedems.ct.gov/doucette

860.240.8585

860.490.3490

Jason.Doucette@cga.ct.gov

Banking Committee

Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

Joint Committee on Judiciary

Steve Cassano

Senate District 4
Democrat

Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury, Manchester

www.senatedems.ct.gov/Cassano.php

860.240.5302

860.646.6882
cassano@senatedems.ct.gov

Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Planning and Development, Co-Chair

Public Safety and Security Committee

Transportation Committee, Vice Chair

 



15th - Sen 02
Bobby Gibson

House District 15

Democrat

Bloomfield, Windsor

www.housedems.ct.gov/gibson

860.240.0472

860.306.6638

Bobby.Gibson@cga.ct.gov

Appropriations Committee

Education Committee

General Law Committee, Co-Chair

 

Doug McCrory

Senate District 2

Democrat

Bloomfield, Hartford, Windsor

http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/McCrory

860.240.8600

860.560.0242

Douglas.McCrory@cga.ct.gov

Appropriations Committee

Banking Committee, Vice-Chair

Commerce Committee

Education Committee, Co-Chair

Energy and Technology Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee

 


15th - 05

Bobby Gibson

House District 15

Democrat

Bloomfield, Windsor

www.housedems.ct.gov/gibson

860.240.0472

860.306.6638

Bobby.Gibson@cga.ct.gov

Appropriations Committee

Education Committee

General Law Committee, Co-Chair

 

Derek Slap

Senate District 5

Democrat

Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington, West Hartford

www.senatedems.ct.gov/slap

860.240.8600

860.519.9672
derek.slap@cga.ct.gov

Aging Committee, Co-Chair

Education Committee

Environment Committee, Vice-Chair

Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee

 



16th - 08
John Hampton

House District 16

Democrat

Simsbury

www.housedems.ct.gov/Hampton

860.240.8659

860.803.4072

John.Hampton@cga.ct.gov

Commerce Committee

Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee


Kevin Witkos

Senate District 8

Republican

Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, Torrington

https://ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-witkos/

860.240.8800

860.693.3985

Kevin.Witkos@cga.ct.gov

Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

General Law Committee

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

 



17th - Sen. 08
Eleni Kavros DeGraw

House District 17

Democrat

Avon, Canton

www.housedems.ct.gov/KavrosDegraw

860.240.8486

860.559.2093

eleni.kavrosdegraw@cga.ct.gov

Energy and Technology Committee

Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, Vice-Chair

Public Health Committee

 

 

Kevin Witkos

Senate District 8

Republican

Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, Torrington

https://ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-witkos/

860.240.8800

860.693.3985

Kevin.Witkos@cga.ct.gov
Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

General Law Committee

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

 

 


18th - Sen. 05
Jillian Gilchrest

House District 18

Democrat

West Hartford

www.housedems.ct.gov/Gilchrest

860.240.8585

860.933.2596

Jillian.Gilchrest@cga.ct.gov

Appropriations Committee

Energy and Technology Committee

Public Health Committee, Vice- Chair

Derek Slap

Senate District 5

Democrat

Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington, West Hartford

www.senatedems.ct.gov/slap

860.240.8600

860.519.9672
derek.slap@cga.ct.gov

Aging Committee, Co-Chair

Education Committee

Environment Committee, Vice-Chair

Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee

 

 


19th - Sen. 05

Tammy Exum

House District 19

Democrat

Avon, Farmington, West Hartford

http://www.housedems.ct.gov/exum

860.240.8585

860.573.2842

tammy.exum@cga.ct.gov

Commerce Committee

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Derek Slap

Senate District 5

Democrat

Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington, West Hartford

www.senatedems.ct.gov/slap

860.240.8600

860.519.9672
derek.slap@cga.ct.gov

Aging Committee, Co-Chair

Education Committee

Environment Committee, Vice-Chair

Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee

 


19th - Sen. 08
Tammy Exum

House District 19

Democrat

Avon, Farmington, West Hartford

http://www.housedems.ct.gov/exum

860.240.8585

860.573.2842

tammy.exum@cga.ct.gov

Commerce Committee

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Kevin Witkos

Senate District 8

Republican

Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, Torrington

https://ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-witkos/

860.240.8800

860.693.3985

Kevin.Witkos@cga.ct.gov

Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

General Law Committee

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

 

 

 




20th - Sen. 05
Kate Farrar

House District 20

Democrat

West Hartford

www.housedems.ct.gov/Farrar

860.240.8585

860.249.1684

kate.farrar@cga.ct.gov

Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Insurance and Real Estate Committee

Derek Slap

Senate District 5

Democrat

Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington, West Hartford

www.senatedems.ct.gov/slap

860.240.8600

860.519.9672
derek.slap@cga.ct.gov

Aging Committee, Co-Chair

Education Committee

Environment Committee, Vice-Chair

Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee



21st - Sen. 05
Mike Demicco

House District 21

Democrat

Farmington

www.housedems.ct.gov/Demicco

860.240.8585

Mike.Demicco@cga.ct.gov

Energy and Technology Committee

Environment Committee

Public Health Committee

Derek Slap

Senate District 5

Democrat

Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington, West Hartford

www.senatedems.ct.gov/slap

860.240.8600

860.519.9672
derek.slap@cga.ct.gov

Aging Committee, Co-Chair

Education Committee

Environment Committee, Vice-Chair

Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee

27th - Sen. 09
Gary Turco

House District 27

Democrat

Newington

www.housedems.ct.gov/turco

860.240.8585

860.335.6122

Gary.Turco@cga.ct.gov

Appropriations Committee

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Committee on Veterans' Affairs


Matt Lesser

Senate District 9

Democrat

Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield

www.senatedems.ct.gov/Lesser

860.240.0511

matthew.lesser@cga.ct.gov

Appropriations Committee

Human Services Committee

Insurance and Real Estate Committee, Co-Chair

Joint Committee on Judiciary

Labor and Public Employees Committee


76th - Sen. 05
John Piscopo

House District 76

Republican

Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Thomaston

www.reppiscopo.com/

860.240.8700

860.283.2155
John.Piscopo@housegop.ct.gov

Energy and Technology Committee

Environment Committee

Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Derek Slap

Senate District 5

Democrat

Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington, West Hartford

www.senatedems.ct.gov/slap

860.240.8600

860.519.9672
derek.slap@cga.ct.gov

Aging Committee, Co-Chair

Education Committee

Environment Committee, Vice-Chair

Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee

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