TRUMBULL- State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123), Laura Devlin (R-134) and Ben McGorty (R-122) spent an evening last week showing interested Trumbull residents just how a bill concept goes through the process and becomes a new law, and how each and every one of those in attendance can better advocate for a state issue they feel strongly about.
The forum took place at Trumbull Town Hall in the Council Chambers and started with the Trumbull representatives taking turns explaining the process using a slide show presentation. The three Trumbull legislators used the example of the new affordable housing bill (8-30g) which passed in 2017.
Rep. Rutigliano said, “This was an effective way to show constituents how a bill proposal from a legislator is vetted by colleagues and the public before we get to vote on a final product in the House of Representatives. In the end, as representatives who represent Trumbull, we do our best support bills that will help and make Trumbull and CT a better place to work, live and retire.”
“We wanted to hold this forum to better educate people on how they can get involved and follow, track and testify on legislation,” Rep. Devlin said. “Using the 8-30g bill as an example permitted us to show residents that the process is all about building consensus and common ground. Even though the governor vetoed the bill, the bi-partisan nature of the legislation made it easy for us in the General Assembly to override the veto and make to bill the new law of the land, a new which will help Trumbull.”
“I want to thank all the residents that came out to learn more about their state government,” said Rep. McGorty. “Our doors are always open, and if you have concerns, questions, or ideas on legislation please contact us.”
Some of the information covered includes:
- The General Assembly committee process.
- How to track bills.
- How to testify for or against a specific bill proposal.
- What kind of bills are proposed in a short session.
After the presentation the legislators answered questions from the audience on the process and specific issues like the state budget, tolls and election law.
For those that missed the forum, Trumbull Community TV was there recording and you can view here.
For questions please call 1.800-842-1423, or visit email your respective Trumbull legislator,
David.Rutigliano@housegop.ct.gov, Laura.Devlin@housegop.ct.gov, Ben.McGorty@housegop.ct.gov.