Legislative Action

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The CWCS provides information, research and analysis to elected officials and the public regarding issues affecting women, children and seniors. The bills we testify on are representative of our priority issues. Our 2017 legislative priorities are available here.

Appropriations Committee

Reductions, eliminations, and reallocations of funding to early childhood and parenting programs, in particular: Care 4 Kids and Parent Trust

Commerce Committee

H.B. 5226, AA MANDATING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LEARN HERE, LIVE HERE PROGRAM.

Committee on Aging

S.B. 770, AA INCREASING THE PERSONAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE FOR LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY RESIDENTS & S.B. 772, AA REQUIRING EMERGENCY GENERATORS IN CERTAIN HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY

S.B. 760, AN ACT EXPANDING THE ELIGIBILITY FOR THE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE RESPITE CARE PROGRAM, H.B. 6894, AN ACT REQUIRING THE STATE OMBUDSMAN TO INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS CONCERNING RECIPIENTS OF HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES & S.B. 759, AN ACT CONCERNING A COMMUNITY SPOUSE’S ALLOWABLE ASSETS

Committee on Children

SB 769, AAC CONCUSSIONS AND YOUTH ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED ON PUBLIC ATHLETIC FIELDS, HB 5402, AAC CAMERA, COMPUTER AND CELLULAR MOBILE TELEPHONE REPAIR PERSONNEL AS MANDATED REPORTERS & HB 6741, AAC THE RIGHT OF COUNSEL TO ACCESS RECORDS IN CERTAIN ABUSE AND NEGLECT PROCEEDINGS

S.B. 637, AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CHILD WELFARE OVERSIGHT COUNCIL & H.B. 6297, AN ACT CONCERNING VOLUNTARY PLACEMENT IN THE CUSTODY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AND PARENTAL RIGHTS

Education Committee

SB 786, AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION MANDATE RELIEF, TRANSPARENCY AND REGIONAL INCENTIVES, SB 952, AN ACT CONCERNING THE SHARING OF FEDERAL FUNDING BETWEEN THE OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD AND THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, SB 953, AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATORS, SB 954, AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PLAN FOR UNIVERSAL PRESCHOOL AND HB 7205, AN ACT CONCERNING EARLY LITERACY

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

S.B. 571, AN ACT CONCERNING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LEARN HERE, LIVE HERE PROGRAM.

H.B. 6870, AN ACT PROTECTING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF COLLEGE ATHLETES

Housing Committee

H.B. 6167, AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TO REMAIN IN THE STATE, H.B. 6603, AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF CERTAIN TENANTS OF STATE-FUNDED PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS & H.B. 5438, AN ACT CONCERNING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE ABATEMENT OF LEAD-BASED PAINT

Human Services Committee

SB 873, AN ACT CONCERNING A TWO-GENERATIONAL INITIATIVE AND HB 7121, AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE STATE’S SAFE HAVEN LAWS

S.B. 774, AN ACT EXTENDING TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE BENEFITS TO ENCOURAGE EMPLOYMENT, H.B. 7006, AN ACT RESTORING OVERSIGHT OF THE CARE 4 KIDS PROGRAM TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND ALLOWING FOR THE TRANSFER OF FEDERAL BLOCK GRANT FUNDS TO THE PROGRAM & H.B. 7007, AN ACT CONCERNING AN INNOVATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR NONPROFIT PROVIDERS OF HUMAN SERVICES

Insurance Committee

S.B. 877, AA AUTHORIZING PREGNANCY AS A QUALIFYING EVENT FOR SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIODS AND S.B. 883, AA REDEFINING MAMMOGRAM AND LIMITING COST-SHARING FOR MAMMOGRAMS AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF BREASTS

S.B. 810, AN ACT CONCERNING COST-SHARING FOR MAMMOGRAMS AND BREAST ULTRASOUNDS

SB 494, AAC HEALTH INSURANCE COST-SHARING REQUIREMENTS FOR PRESCRIPTION CONTRACEPTION, SB 585, AA REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR BREAST PUMPS AND PROTECTIONS AFFORDED TO WOMEN BREASTFEEDING IN PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT & SB 586, AA REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR PREVENTIVE CARE PROVIDED TO FEMALE ENROLLEES AND ACCESS TO PRESCRIPTION CONTRACEPTIVE METHODS

SB 21, AAC HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OF ORALLY AND INTRAVENOUSLY ADMINISTERED MEDICATIONS & HB 5968 AA REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR FERTILITY PRESERVATION FOR INSUREDS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER

Judiciary Committee

RAISED BILL 930: AAC THE RECEIPT OF ANNUAL REPORTS ON ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES; COMMITTEE BILL 726: AAC CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RESTITUTION FROM PERSONS COMITTING CRIMINAL ACTS; RAISED BILL 1042: AAC THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR THE PROSECUTION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT; RAISED BILL 7299: AAC STRENGTHENING LAWS CONCERNING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; RAISED BILL 7301: AAC EXPOSURE OF CHILDREN TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; and RAISED BILL 979: AAC NOTIFICATION TO SCHOOL AND INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION OF RESTRAINING ORDERS, CIVIL PROTECTION ORDERS AND STANDING CRIMINAL PROTECTIVE ORDERS AFFECTING STUDENTS.

S.B. 980, AAC A VICTIM’S RIGHT TO BE REASONABLY PROTECTED FROM THE ACCUSED.

H.B. 6002, AN ACT CONCERNING “SEXTING” BY A CHILD

RAISED BILL NO. 933, AN ACT REQUIRING AN EMPLOYER TO ADHERE TO EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION GUIDANCE RELATING TO THE USE OF ARREST, CRIMINAL CHARGE AND CONVICTION RECORDS WHEN MAKING EMPLOYMENT DECISIONS AND RAISED BILL NO. 7216, AN ACT CONCERNING FAMILY IMPACT STATEMENTS IN THE CASES OF DEFENDANTS WITH DEPENDENT CHILDREN

Labor and Public Employees Committee

SB 1, AA CREATING A PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE SYSTEM IN THE STATE, HB 6208, AA INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE, S.B. 13, AAC THE MINIMUM FAIR WAGE, HB 6668, AAC PREGNANT WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE, HB 5591, AAC PAY EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE, H.B. 6212, AA CREATING A PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE SYSTEM IN THE STATE & HB 5590 AA CREATING A TASK FORCE TO IMPROVE THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT

H.B. 6206, AAC AGE DISCRIMINATION IN HIRING PRACTICES

H.B. 5210, AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS PAY EQUITY AND FAIRNESS MATTERS

Planning and Development Committee

S.B. 922, AN ACT CONCERNING TEMPORARY HEALTH CARE STRUCTURES

Public Health Committee

SB 319, AN ACT CONCERNING CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING, HB 5808, AN ACT STREAMLINING FILINGS ACROSS STATE AGENCIES OF FAMILIES RECEIVING SERVICES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES, HB 6487, AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSURE OF LACTATION CONSULTANTS AND HB 6695, AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF YOUTH FROM CONVERSION THERAPY

HB 5564, AAC ACCESSIBILITY OF MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT, SB 248, AA REQUIRING A CERTIFICATE OF NEED FOR THE REDUCTION OF SERVICES AT A HOSPITAL, HB 6021, AAC HOMELESS AND UNACCOMPANIED MINOR CONSENT TO PRIMARY CARE, HB 7048, AA PROTECTING YOUTH AND STUDENT ATHLETES FROM CONCUSSIONS, HB 5811, AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF TELEHEALTH SERVICES & HB 6951, AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF PATIENTS RECEIVING TELEHEALTH CARE OR SERVICES PROVISION OF TELEHEALTH SERVICES

Transportation Committee

HB No. 6047, AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC TRANSIT COORDINATION IN EASTERN CONNECTICUT

H.B. 6719, AN ACT REQUIRING THREE-POINT SEAT SAFETY BELTS FOR SCHOOL BUSES THAT ARE MODEL 2019 OR NEWER

H.B. 5178, AN ACT REQUIRING THREE-POINT SEAT SAFETY BELTS FOR SCHOOL BUSES, H.B. 5325, AN ACT INFORMING SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF THE SCHOOL BUS SEAT BELT ACCOUNT & H.B. 5683, AN ACT CONCERNING SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND THE SCHOOL BUS SEAT BELT ACCOUNT