Posted on January 9, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD — State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) joined legislative colleagues today, on Opening Day of the 2019 Legislative Session, and was sworn in to her second term at the State Capitol. She will serve for two more years as the House Representative for the 37th General Assembly District of East Lyme and Salem.
“I sincerely thank my constituents for their continued support over the past two years,” said Rep. Cheeseman. “I am eager to get back to work in Hartford, and will persist in putting my community’s safety, well-being and leading interests first. We have a wonderful district here in East Lyme and Salem, and its residents deserve the best from their state government. Please feel free to reach out to me any time with questions, concerns, and ideas for new legislation. I love hearing from you.”
To follow Rep. Cheeseman’s proposed and supported legislation, visit her website (www.repcheeseman.com) and click on the “Legislation” tab, or sign up for her email updates. To follow committee meetings and House debates as they unfold live on Connecticut’s public affairs television network, CT-N, tune your TV to channel 23 in East Lyme and 97 in Salem, or stream the proceedings online at www.ctn.state.ct.us.
This “long” session allows for bills on a variety of issues to be introduced, debated and voted on in committees and legislative chambers. Most importantly, the General Assembly will be facing significant budget challenges during the 2019 Legislative Session. House and Senate Republican budget priorities for the 2019 session continue to include implementing long-term structural changes to restore sustainability and predictability to the budget, and the “Prioritize Progress” transportation plan to fund and protect transportation dollars without tolls or tax increases.
Rep. Cheeseman has also received her legislative committee assignments for this term. She has been appointed as Ranking Member of the General Law Committee, which has cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Consumer Protection, fair trade and sales practices, consumer protection, mobile homes and occupational licensing, and all matters relating to alcoholic beverages. As Ranking Member of this Committee, Rep. Cheeseman will lead her caucus members on these issues.
In addition, she will again serve on the Finance, Revenue & Bonding and the Energy & Technology Committees. The Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee holds jurisdiction over all finance, revenue, capital, bonding, fees and taxation matters. It also oversees employer contributions for unemployment compensation and all matters relating to the Department of Revenue Services and the revenue aspects of the Division of Special Revenue. The Energy & Technology Committee deals with all matters relating to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s energy planning and activities.
The 2019 Regular Legislative Session will adjourn at midnight on June 5th.
Posted on December 31, 2018 by admin
New legislation effective dates are typically January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st throughout the calendar year. As 2018 comes to an end, we prepare for a number of new laws to take effect starting tomorrow, January 1, 2019.
These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I have highlighted some noteworthy new laws below and encourage you to take a look at the full list. Please contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these new laws.
AN ACT CONCERNING DUAL ARRESTS AND THE TRAINING REQUIRED OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL WITH RESPECT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
This new law, PA 18-5, will reduce the number of dual arrests that occur in domestic violence cases and enhance domestic violence training offered to state and local law enforcement agencies. For a summary, click here.
AN ACT CONCERNING MAMMOGRAMS, BREAST ULTRASOUNDS AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF BREASTS
AN ACT AUTHORIZING PREGNANCY AS A QUALIFYING EVENT FOR SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIODS FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS
This new law, PA 18-43, permits certain pregnant individuals to enroll in a health insurance policy or plan not later than thirty days after the individual’s pregnancy has been certified by a licensed health care provider. For a full summary, click here.
Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect in the New Year in the State of Connecticut.
Posted on December 31, 2018 by admin
Connecticut is one day away from implementing a pay equity law, passed during the last legislation session, which will offer important protections to workers and their families. Becoming law on Jan. 1, 2019, Public Act No. 18-1 prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their salary history, a practice that can perpetuate unfair wages and continue the gender wage gap.
According to the National Partnership for Women & Families, Women in CT, on average, earn about 80-cents on the dollar compared to men doing the same work. The gender wage gap costs women and their families more than $10,000 each year and more than $500,000 over the course of their careers. Connecticut is set to become the 11th state to enact legislation eliminating salary history from the hiring process.
“One of the most important things we can do as legislators is to lay the groundwork so the citizens of our state can thrive and prosper,” said State Representative Cheeseman (R-East Lyme, Salem). “This legislation helps ensure that a prospective employee’s salary history is not a defining factor when it comes to pay. This is, of course, of particular importance to women but will benefit anyone with a non-traditional work history. I am delighted to have been part of this effort to level the playing field.”
Rep. Cheeseman and fellow lawmakers assembled a bipartisan coalition, compromising businesses, labor, and the AARP to advance the legislation.
“I started advocating for this reform in 2017 and am thrilled that we are just days away from offering this important protection for not only women but anyone who has ever been unfairly paid,” said State Representative Derek Slap (D-West Hartford, Avon, Farmington), one of the lead sponsors of the legislation. “This law will help ensure that being paid unfairly once doesn’t result in a lifetime of low wages.”
State Senator Beth Bye (D-Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington, West Hartford) said “This bill is a critical step for women through their working years and into retirement.”
“I am pleased that Connecticut has moved in the right direction to balance the rate of pay between men and women doing the same job. But more can be done. Women of color already face discrimination at work so lifting barriers to achieve pay equity must be a top priority during the 2019 legislative session,” said State Representative Porter (D-Hamden, New Haven).
State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-Fairfield) said, “The steps we took towards pay equity are not only an important message for little girls and boys, but also a critical tool for women across the lifespan. Equal pay means a greater ability for women to care for themselves and their families.”
Beginning on January 1, 2019, Connecticut will be one step closer to narrowing the wage gap for women. The use of salary history in the hiring process perpetuates a cycle of lower earnings for women that begins just one year after college graduation,” said Kate Farrar, Executive Director of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF). “We were proud to guide a bipartisan working group last session and advocate for the passage of P.A. 18-8. We look forward to continuing this momentum to close the wage gap next session with the passage of paid family and medical leave.”