Giving two young constituents a glimpse into the inner workings of the state legislature, State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) on Wednesday invited two Pomperaug High School freshmen to accompany him for the opening day of the 2018 legislative session at the Capitol.
Taking advantage of a weather-cancelled school day, and joining hundreds of legislators, staff, lobbyists and concerned citizens, twin sisters Natalie and Isabella LaBonia were able to witness both the opening day ceremonies and Governor Malloy’s State of the State address from the legislators’ point of view on the floor of the House of Representatives.
“The LaBonia’s are very engaged in our community and interested in how state government works so it was my pleasure to bring them to the Capitol for opening day to see first-hand how the legislature operates,” Rep. O’Neill said. “While many of their friends were enjoying a surprise day off from school they were getting an in-person introduction to state government and the political process on a day with historic significance as Governor Malloy delivered his State of the State address to Connecticut.”
Rep. O’Neill introduced the young ladies to the legislature which responded with a standing ovation honoring their visit.
“Every legislator’s career began where these young ladies are now, as concerned citizens interested in making a difference in their community and state,” Rep. O’Neill said. “As a long-serving member of the legislature, it was wonderful to see their reactions and hear their opinions regarding legislation that will be considered during the next few months.”
Natalie and Isabella are the daughters of Len and Tanya LaBonia.