2019 Year In Review

Posted on January 7, 2020 by jpheasant


Brought Funding Back to Our Community for the Clinton Train Station

  • After years of hard work, the long awaited improvements to the Clinton Train Station are finally underway.
  • These improvements (a pedestrian bridge, a new platform, increased parking spaces and bike shelters) will have a tremendous impact on our community by attracting more people to our beautiful downtown area.

Halted the Implementation of Tolls

  • Right from the beginning we have said ‘no’ to tolls and have continued to fight against each and every proposal brought forth by the governor and majority party to implement them (in addition to offering alternatives). We will continue to oppose these proposals because they will ultimately drive more and more people out of this state. Connecticut residents and businesses can’t afford to pay more and they shouldn’t have to.

Fought Against School Regionalization

  • If this proposal would have passed, it would have placed a major strain on towns like ours as local control and insight from our boards of education have would have been lost to Hartford politicians.
  • In this proposal, the Clinton, Killingworth, and Westbrook school districts would have merged with schools in Haddam, Chester, Deep River, Essex, Lyme, and Old Saybrook.

To see my original statements on this bill click the video below.

Supported a Bipartisan Offshore Wind Industry Bill

  • This legislation will create an offshore wind energy hub in New London in an effort to generate much needed renewable resources and create jobs through a public-private partnership that will revitalize the city’s vital port and state pier.
  • This is the right approach to creating clean, renewable resources that will eventually replace current forms of energy such as nuclear. The state has already pledged $35 million for the New London hub and Eversource and Orsted, have committed $57.5 million in private investments.

Strengthening Penalties for Manufacturing, Selling, and Distributing Opioids

  • This session, the legislature overwhelmingly passed legislation to increase the penalties for those who manufacture and sell the deadly drug fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives, by reclassifying them as a narcotic substance.

Provide Mental Health Parity

  • I was proud to have worked on this bipartisan legislation to prevent a person with a mental illness from being treated differently than a person with a physical illness. It requires parity for mental health and substance use disorder benefits, nonquantitative treatment limitations, drugs prescribed for the treatment of substance use disorders and substance abuse services.

To see my original statements on this bill click the video below.

Protecting Seniors, those who are Pregnant, and Individuals with Disabilities  

  • This past session, members of both sides of the aisle unanimously approved legislation to expand the list of disqualifying offenses that prohibit someone from being hired as a direct care employee or volunteer at a long-term care facility to include conviction of specified assault and abuse crimes against the elderly, those who are pregnant, and individuals with disabilities.

Continuing to Address the Increase in Vaping Among Teens

  • In October I co-hosted a panel discussion on youth vaping with several local leaders in our community to discuss the dangers of vaping and address the impact it is having on Clinton schools and the community.
  • This past legislative session we were successful in increasing the age for purchasing these types of devices to twenty-one.

Received a 91% Environmental Score by The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters

  • I was honored to have been recognized by CLCV for my support of environmental proposals (ban fracking waste and certain pesticides, protect our waterways from invasive species, and procure offshore wind for energy) aimed at not only protecting our beautiful shoreline, but all of Connecticut’s natural resources.