Capitol Update (2/24 – 2/28)

Posted on March 4, 2020 by jpheasant


Bill to Cap the Rising Costs of Insulin
Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to testify in front of the Insurance Committee in support of a bipartisan bill to cap the rising costs of insulin in Connecticut. We have a long way to go in reeling in big pharma greed and this bill is an important first step.

To watch my testimony, click the image below:

Municipal Aid Bonding $$
Last Friday, Governor Lamont announced the municipal aid our towns have been waiting months for, will finally be released. Governor Lamont had been withholding these funds until the legislature took a vote on his ‘trucks only’ tolling plan. With that plan currently in stagnant, Governor Lamont has decided it is now time to release the money.

To read his statement, click here.

To read more on the issue, click here

Removal of the Religious Exemption (Vaccination Bill)
Last Monday, the Public Health Committee voted to move forward with a bill that would remove the religious exemptions for school-aged children who aren’t currently vaccinated. During the committee meeting, three amendments were introduced, changing the original bill’s language.

The final language included language grandfathering in the approximately 7,800 students who are currently enrolled in Connecticut schools, along with allowing a provision for children who have, or have a family history of autoimmune disorders to use the medical exemption.

The bill passed by a 14-11 vote. Nine Republicans and two Democrats opposed the bill.

To view the tally, click here.

To read more on this issue, click here:

Ammo Tax Public Hearing
Last Thursday, the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee held a public hearing which included a bill proposal to impose an excise tax on ammunition at 35% per round.

To click the bill, click here

To read more on this bill, click here