Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This week, many proposals were debated or heard during public hearings.
In the Transportation Committee, a committee in which I serve we debated and voted on three toll proposals. The proposals approved before the committee lacked specific details and frankly didn’t address many questions raised by the people I represent, businesses and legislators. How much would the toll gantries cost to install and operate? Where would the tolls be placed and how many can we expect? Questions raised that were not answered included, how much would the average citizen be expected to pay and how much revenue would they generate? How much revenue does the State of Connecticut actually need for transportation projects and where is the list of prioritized projects?
I could not in good conscience support legislation without these basic questions being answered. The House and Senate would be doing an injustice to the people of Connecticut by passing these bills without specific details or without a commitment to restore the funds allocated to the Special Transportation Fund in the budget last session that passed with bipartisan support.
Watch the full debate on tolls here.
You can listen to my comments on tolls here.
The three bills approved by the Democrats on the committee are:
- S.B. 423 – An Act Concerning Funding for Connecticut’s Transportation Future
- H.B. 7202 – An Act Concerning the Sustainability of Connecticut’s Transportation Infrastructure
- H.B. 7280 – An Act Concerning Support for Transportation Infrastructure and the Creation of the Connecticut Transportation Finance Authority
Both the Judiciary (decriminalization) and the General Law Committees (regulation) held public hearings on the legalization of marijuana and its different aspects of the law. Click on the link to watch.
Next week there are many public hearings:
- The Judiciary committee has a hearing on juvenile justice and other bills, click here.
- Public Health has a hearing on opioid use disorder and other bills, click here.
- Government Administration & Elections has a hearing on voter privacy and other bills click here
If you are interested in any of these issues, I encourage you to let your voice be heard.
You can testify at a hearing. (Click here for a guide for testifying at hearings and here for driving directions to the Connecticut State Capitol and Legislative Office Building).
You can also email testimony on any of the bills through the email addresses listed above for each committee. Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Just include your name and town, include the subject of the bill in the subject line of the email, and please copy my office at Brenda.Kupchick@cga.ct.gov on your testimony so I can be aware of your thoughts on these issues.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact my office at (800) 842-1423, or email me directly at Brenda.Kupchick@cga.ct.gov.
I hope you find this information helpful,
State Rep. Brenda Kupchick
Proudly serving Fairfield & Southport