Posted on January 15, 2021
This year, when the Connecticut General Assembly meets it will be, by all appearances, in a virtual session. This means that committee hearings, floor votes, town halls, and even office hours will be mostly conducted through Zoom, with lawmakers observing social distancing. While the Capitol Complex will remain closed to the public, there are many new opportunities to participate in the process and make sure your voice is heard.
Referred to as a “regular session,” the 2021 legislative session began on January 6th and ends on June 9th.
According to the Connecticut state constitution, in an odd-year session any legislator can introduce bills on any subject. This is different from the even-year session where bills can only originate from their corresponding committees and must be related to the making of the two-year state budget.
In state government, many of the most impactful and useful laws we write don’t come from our ideas, but from those in our communities. It is important that you know how you can make your voice heard and fix an issue in your town or our state.
Here are some ways that you can participate during this year’s virtual session:
If you’re interested in testifying for or against a bill or just want to stay up to date on pending legislation, please feel free to contact me. You can reach me at 1-800-842-1423 or by e-mail at Cindy.Harrison@housegop.ct.gov.
Please contact me if you would like to recognize an individual for special events such as an athletic or academic award, an Eagle Scout accomplishment, or a significant birthday.
Contact my office if you need assistance working with state agencies; for example, the Department of Labor, Department of Motor Vehicles, or Department of Transportation.
You can sign up for my email newsletter at RepHarrison.com to receive updates on legislative business, community events, and any additional information of significance about our towns or our state. I also frequently share information to my Facebook page that might not end up in the newsletter, so please “like” my page to stay in the loop.
Touring the Capitol
In a normal year, our legislative offices can arrange tours of the Capitol Complex through the League of Women Voters. However, while the State Capitol is closed to the public, you can take a ‘virtual tour’ of the of the State Capitol Building and the Legislative Office Building by visiting their website.
While the pandemic has affected our ability to have indoor, in-person events, that doesn’t mean I will be any less accessible to you. In fact, it allows me to host virtual events like town halls on Zoom that allow you to call in from the comfort of home. Even if you don’t have a computer or are not tech-savvy, you can call in using a landline or mobile phone to give me your input. Updates on events when they do happen will be through my newsletter and Facebook page, so be sure to watch for them.