Posted on January 31, 2019 by admin
State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) and State Representative John Piscopo (R-76) visited Thomaston High School (THS) this morning to speak with local students about state government.
All Seniors and Juniors from THS, along with one Freshman class, joined the legislators to start the school day discussing the legislative process, current issues being debated at the Capitol, and the roles that Sen. Martin and Rep. Piscopo perform in their respective Houses of the Legislature.
“I always enjoy getting involved in teaching students in my district about how state government works and why it matters to them, even though most of them can’t vote,” said Sen. Martin. “It’s important for young people to know what’s going on and to get involved. There’s plenty for them to do before they turn 18 and I was glad to spend some time with them today to talk about issues they care about.”
Some of the specific issues they discussed included electronic tolling, legalization of recreational marijuana, legalizing sports betting, and a proposed tax on texting.
“It’s always a highlight for me when I am able to engage with students and teachers in our community in an informal, straightforward manner” said Rep. Piscopo. “I was very impressed by the intellect these students showed as we talked about issues of importance to them, as well as some topics pertaining to state government. These types of interactions are critical for young people as it helps them to understand their role as constituents, and that they too have a voice.”
Senator Martin and Rep. Piscopo extend a special thank you to Principal Perrucci and Mrs. Terri Franzi for organizing the discussion and providing time for students to learn something new.
State Senator Henri Martin represents Connecticut’s 31st district including the towns of Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston and Harwinton. State Representative John Piscopo represents Connecticut’s 76th house district including the towns of Burlington, Harwinton, Thomaston and parts of Litchfield.