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Friends and Neighbors,

Time is flying! We only have a little over two weeks to go until the end of the 2019 Legislative Session. As bills begin to move rapidly through the legislative process, you can always stay up to date on what we've passed by clicking here (this form is updated daily). While we wait for the next Session Day, here are some updates from this week: 

We were lucky enough to honor the recent 2019 Connecticut Adult and Continuing Education Conference Award (CAACE) Winners during Session this week! Hala Mashour (pictured below) was named the Learner of the Year and Carmen Golas won Educator of the Year. This is the second year in a row that an East Hartford Adult Education student has been honored with this award!
I’d also like to offer congratulations to Dr. Anthony Mangiafico, Director of East Hartford Adult and Continuing Education, who earned his Doctorate in Education from UConn this month. Anthony has been an amazing leader for Adult and Continuing Education in East Hartford. We are incredibly proud to have him as a community leader. Congratulations! To learn more about East Hartford Adult Education, click here.
Join the Commissions on Women, Children & Seniors, Equity & Opportunity, and the March of Dimes in partnership with EMD Sernono for “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies,” at the Capitol on Monday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. to discuss the link between “women’s health and women’s wealth.”
This discussion will help to promote expecting and new mothers and their babies with a focus on working mothers. Through EMD Serono’s commitment to its Healthy Women, Healthy Economies initiative, the March of Dimes is spearheading research into the connection between economic and employer policies, childbirth, and women’s health and productivity. To learn more about the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors, and the work that they do, click here
Our Kid Governor is hard at work trying to spread her message of inclusion! Join Ella this upcoming Monday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m. as she hosts a free Pride-Hope-Love Webinar. The webinar is a part of Ella’s three-point Pride-Hope-Love platform for LGBTQ+ youth safety. 
Through a training led by Sarah Free, Program Manager at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Ella and other students will share their experiences as LGBTQ+ students. This is a great opportunity to hear students in our state and learn more about what you can do support them, register for free by clicking here.
The Center for Children’s Advocacy is offering free support for individuals 18 years old or over who are set to lose their Department of Children and Families (DCF) benefits. The center is looking to support individuals who have received an “800 notice” from their case worker.
If you have received an 800 notice, the Center for Children’s Advocacy would like to speak with you, resolve any issue and if needed, represent you. If you have received the 800 notice, please complete this informational form by clicking here.  To learn more, contact Stacy Schleif by calling (860) 570-5327 ext. 223 or email, Please feel free to share this information with anyone you feel may need it. 
This week, Goodwin College alongside the State Department of Labor (DOL) held a small apprenticeship signing ceremony for the first nine students of a new Insurance Agent Program at the college. The 22 ½ week program is the result of a partnership with the DOL and is geared to prepare students to sit for the state licensing exam. At completion of the program, students will earn 18 transferable credits and will be working with local insurance companies earning $12 an hour. To learn more about the program, click here
As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, we should all ask ourselves if we our doing enough to support veterans in our community. If you wish to do more to support veterans, there are two upcoming events this month to do so!
On May 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the South Park Inn & Homes, join Reps. Borer (D-West Haven) and Vail (R-Stratford, Somers) alongside Sens. Maroney and Logan to "Stuff-A-Humvee" to benefit homeless veterans. Please see the above flyer for a list of needed items.
Help veterans look good for job interviews by donating professional clothing to the Save-A-Suit drive in the parking lot of the Capitol on May 30 at 9:00 a.m.
Reps. Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford, Manchester), Jason Doucette (D-Manchester, Glastonbury) and I were excited to host a group of students from Two Rivers Middle School, located in East Hartford, in the House Chambers this week. Session is the best time of year to visit the Capitol; you’ll get an up close look at all the work we are doing. To learn more about taking a tour of the State Capitol, click here (and if you take a tour, be sure to contact my office and let me know you are coming).
Help keep our community clean! East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc will be hosting Mayor’s Clean-Up Day on Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you’d like to participate, you will meet the clean-up crew at the East Hartford Middle School parking lot. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

This week was the Third Senatorial District Art at the Capitol Program. If you had a chance to visit the Legislative Office Building you may have noticed art created by the talented students of our districts, including those from East Hartford and South Windsor. This event has always been a great way to recognize the work of all the talented young artists in our community. Thank you to our State Senator, Saud Anwar, for carrying on this annual tradition and a congratulations to the students and families that were recognized.
Some important bills which I supported received a “Favorable Report” from the Legislative Commissioners’ Office and have been “tabled for the calendar” meaning they are in line to receive a date for debate on the House Floor:
HB 5627, An Act Extending the Period a Child, Stepchild or Other Dependent Child May Retain Dental Insurance Coverage Under a Parent’s Health Insurance Policy
HB 7082, An Act Concerning the Inclusion of African-American Studies in the Public School Curriculum
HB 7215, An Act Concerning School Climates
HB 7359, An Act Concerning a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Health and Human Services Network
Senate Bills which I’ve co-sponsored go through the same process, but head to the Senate Calendar for debate in their chamber:
SB 372, An Act Concerning the Provision of Resources to Guardians of Adult Children with Intellectual Disability
SB 393, An Act Concerning the Department of Developmental Services’ Level of Need Assessment
Some bills which I have supported passed the House and will move towards the Senate:
HB 7200, An Act Prohibiting the Sale of Cigarettes, Tobacco Products, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Vapor Products to Persons Under Age Twenty-One
HB 7226, An Act Establishing a Pilot Program to Provide Incentives for Educators to Live in Certain Municipalities
And a bill introduced by myself and Rep. Allie-Brennan (D-Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, Redding), SB 58, An Act Concerning Gay and Transgender Panic Defense, was passed by the Senate last week and is now tabled for the House Calendar.

Last night, the House passed HB 7070, An Act Concerning Deceptive Advertising Practices of Limited Service Pregnancy Centers. From its inception this bill has stirred controversy, as proponents of limited service pregnancy centers, which are often “faith-based”, felt this was infringement on their right to religion as well as their right to free speech. However, the creation of this bill stemmed from reports of predatory practices in medically underserved communities where these centers were making attempts to mislead patients and undermine regulated health clinics through intentionally deceptive advertising. On this week’s Point, Counterpoint – advertising practices at limited service pregnancy centers.
In Support of HB 7070:
CT Mirror Viewpoints – Pregnant women deserve honest, complete information
In Opposition of HB 7070:
CT Mirror Viewpoints – Pregnancy care centers are under attack

Alongside my fellow 2Gen Advisory Co-Chair, State Senator Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport) and the statewide 2Gen Coordinator, Rosa Rada, I helped to pen an op-ed for the Hartford Courant – “State agencies must collaborate to help families. This bill will help.” Last week, SB 1080, An Act Concerning a Two-Generational Initiative, passed with strong bipartisan support and is currently waiting for debate in the House.
If passed, this bill would positively impact Connecticut by disrupting cycles of intergenerational poverty while comprehensively altering the way government works. Read the op-ed in its entirety by clicking here.
In promotion of National Foster Care Month, CHR of Manchester appeared on WFSB to share more about their Therapeutic Foster Care Program - watch the segment by clicking here. To contact CHR, call (860) 730-8727 with any questions or DCF at +1 (888) KID-HERO. To learn more about CHR and their work, click here
Produced by the LGBTQ business group, Out Leadership, the “State LGBT+ Business Climate Index” was released this week, finding Connecticut to have the 3rd highest ranking climate for LGBTQ workers and executives. To rank states, the report assigned scores on measures in five categories:
  • Legal and nondiscrimination protections
  • Youth and family support
  • Political and religious attitudes
  • Health access and safety
  • Work environment and employment
Find out where other states rank by clicking here.
This week marked another major milestone for crumbling foundations homeowners as work was completed on the first crumbling foundation was replaced using funds from the Connecticut Foundation Solutions Indemnity Company. Read more by clicking here.

The Greater Hartford YMCA has numerous positions open throughout their branches! The East Hartford branch is currently looking to hire for 13 open positions, including lifeguard, teacher’s aide, youth sports instructor, and so much more. To check out all open positions across the Greater Hartford area, click here.  
Through the state's Department of Labor, the American Job Center offers resources, information, and support for individuals throughout the state searching for a job. You can receive help writing a resume and attend interview technique workshops for those currently on the job hunt. For more information, click here.

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Upcoming Meetings and Events

A full calendar of all events happening at the Capitol next week, including public hearings, is available on the General Assembly website

You can find the agenda for public hearings on the calendar by clicking on the calendar item and following the link to the committee page. For instructions on how to testify at a public hearing, please click here.

You can view a list of all the bills passed by the House so far this session here.

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