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May 17, 2017
OUR PROPOSAL FOR A BALANCED BUDGET
This proposal contains significant restructuring to make state government more efficient while protecting investments in workforce training and business growth. READ MORE
March 27, 2017
KEEPING DARK MONEY OUT OF POLITICS
Voters have the right to know exactly who is funding political campaigns. There should be full disclosure in regards to the growing use of anonymously-bundled campaign money. READ MORE
March 10, 2017
GIVING TOWNS FLEXIBILITY WITH THEIR BUDGETS
Connecticut's cities and towns have reached out to us in the legislature to ask for some additional flexibility in putting together local budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. READ MORE
March 2, 2017
MAKING CT MORE AFFORDABLE
How do we ensure that both young and old find an exceptional quality of life in our state? By crafting legislation that positively impacts our citizens during the most crucial times in their lives. READ MORE
February 23, 2017
HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES THRIVE
Connecticut House Democrats are committed to giving businesses the tools they need to thrive. READ MORE
February 21, 2017
SIGN OUR RETIREMENT SECURITY PETITION
Congressional Republicans are seeking to pass a law blocking regulations put into effect by the federal Department of Labor that allowed for Connecticut's historic program. READ MORE
February 8, 2017
ADDRESSING THE GENDER PAY GAP
The gender pay gap is one of the most important, far-reaching issues we face as a society today. It affects not only working women, but their families and their communities as well. READ MORE
January 18, 2017
OUR PRIORITIES: JOB GROWTH & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
House Democrats have filed a package of ten bills, mostly focused on encouraging job growth and economic development in Connecticut. READ MORE
January 1, 2017
NEW LAWS TAKING EFFECT JANUARY 1ST
A new year means new laws. We outline four important pieces of legislation that went into effect on January 1. READ MORE
December 12, 2016
NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?
Time's running out to apply for health care coverage through Connecticut's Insurance Exchange, AccessHealthCT. You still have till January 31 during this open enrollment period but if you wait that long you won't be covered until February or March. Check out AccessHealthCT's website for more information.
December 2, 2016
BETTY BOUKUS: A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT
Betty Boukus, who dedicated herself to the town of Plainville and state of Connecticut, passed away today. Betty was a larger-than-life legislator who took on the toughest challenges without blinking. As Bonding Chair, her work is memorialized in the thousands of projects across the state she worked to fund. Betty will be missed. READ MORE
November 23, 2016
SUPPORTING OUR SMALL BUSINESSES
You can support small businesses by shopping at your favorite local stores on Small Business Saturday (November 26) but know that year round we are always looking for ways to support our small businesses! Small businesses are essential to Connecticut's economic growth, and we're committed to helping them thrive. Check out our new website where you can find resources and recent legislation to help small businesses thrive, and our favorite local success stories.
November 10, 2016
HOUSE DEMS ELECT LEADERSHIP TEAM
The Connecticut House Democrats have elected Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) Speaker of the House of Representatives and Matt Ritter (D-Hartford) House Majority Leader. READ MORE
October 1, 2016
NEW LAWS OCTOBER 1ST
Did you know that nearly 100 new laws went into effect on October 1st? Here we outline ten pieces of legislation that may affect your business or family. READ MORE
September 12, 2016
CONNECTICUT'S GROWING BIOSCIENCE INDUSTRY
The bioscience industry is a key driver of economic growth that often goes unrecognized. READ MORE
August 15, 2016
ADDRESSING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
This year we passed lifesaving legislation to combat the opioid crisis here in Connecticut. We will soon have one of the most comprehensive laws in the nation to prevent and treat opioid abuse. It is important to understand what led us to pass this groundbreaking legislation. From now until International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st we will be taking an in-depth look at the opioid epidemic in Connecticut as well as our efforts to address it. READ MORE
August 12, 2016
SMALL BUSINESS
The 2016 Survey of Small Businesses, released last week by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association found that 60% of Connecticut small businesses will be hiring this year. Over the last few months the state has taken measures to improve Connecticut's small business climate and we have begun to see signs of success. READ MORE
July 11, 2016
MOURNING THE LOSS OF OUR COLLEAGUE, MARY FRITZ
Today we mourn the loss of our own Mary Fritz, who died Saturday of cancer. Mary was one of our longest-serving legislators, having first served in 1982, then retaking her seat in 1986. She served her district of Wallingford and Cheshire ever since. Mary was a fierce advocate for her constituents, focusing on public education, early childhood education, crime, improving health care, and issues that affected seniors. READ MORE
July 1, 2016
NEW LAWS THAT GO INTO EFFECT JULY 1ST
From curbing opioid abuse to making affirmative consent the law to a Student's Bill of Rights and more, a number of important laws go into effect today. READ MORE
June 22, 2016
THE VETERAN'S FIRST ACT
Rep. Loni Reed is proud to stand with Branford Mom Sarah Greene and Senator Richard Blumenthal to urge passage of the Veteran's First Act. Sarah was left alone to raise her two young children when her husband, Lt Col David Greene USMC, was killed in Iraq. She found that certain Veterans Administration scholarships and benefits are not available to surviving families. WATCH THE WTNH NEWS STORY
May 25, 2016
HOUSE COMES TO AGREEMENT ON THE BUDGET
Last week the house came to an agreement on the budget. It is never easy to make cuts that will impact so many Connecticut families, but these cuts are real, structural change that will put CT's budget back on a sustainable path. READ MORE
May 2, 2016
RECENT ACTIVITY AT THE CAPITOL
Today we take a look at some of the most significant legislation we've passed in the House so far this year. From tackling childhood obesity, to ensuring that ex-offenders have a fair shot at a job, to ensuring our students are safe on campus, we're working on the issues that matter most to our constituents. READ MORE
May 2, 2016
OPIOID LEGISLATION
This year we passed one of the most comprehensive laws in the nation to prevent and treat opioid abuse. READ MORE
April 22, 2016
EARTH DAY AT THE CAPITOL
On Earth Day we take a look back on some of Connecticut's environmental successes and plans for the future. READ MORE
April 20, 2016
HOUSE REMEMBERS AND HONORS REPRESENTATIVE TERRY BACKER
Yesterday we honored the memory of our dear friend and colleague, State Representative Terry Backer, with a resolution expressing sympathy at his passing. Terry's contributions to his district in Stratford, the State of Connecticut and the Long Island Sound will be felt for generations.

Rep. Brendan Sharkey Video
April 12, 2016
THERAPY ANIMALS VISIT THE CAPITOL
Therapy animals from K9 First Responders, Allan's Angels, and Tails of Joy visited the House Chamber today. READ MORE

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April 11, 2016
BIOSCIENCE GROWTH: A CONNECTICUT SUCCESS STORY
The growth of the bioscience industry in the state is great news for Connecticut, creating well-paying jobs and encouraging public-private partnerships to ensure our schools are educating today’s graduates for tomorrow’s jobs. Recent news articles highlight the progress we’re making in this exciting field. READ MORE
February 5, 2016
JOE GRESKO SWORN IN
Congratulations and welcome to our newest legislator, Rep. Joe Gresko of Stratford! READ MORE

Joe Gresko Sworn In
January 27, 2016
SOME GOOD NEWS FOR CT: MANUFACTURING AND JOB GROWTH STRONG
According to recent reports, Connecticut’s private sector growth is strong, with major manufacturers planning expansions, and job growth at the highest rate in a generation. READ MORE
January 1, 2016
LAWS AFFECTING MINIMUM WAGE, HEALTH CARE, VETERANS, CIVIL LIBERTIES GO INTO EFFECT JANUARY 1
Laws going into effect on January 1 included the “Excessive Use of Force” bill, “Facilitation of Telehealth,” “An Act Concerning Veterans,” and the minimum wage increase to $9.60. Here is a list of them.
December 18, 2015
CT PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS BACK TO PRE-RECESSION NUMBERS
CT's private sector has recovered the jobs lost during the Great Recession, and shown strong yearly, and monthly growth. READ MORE
December 15, 2015
STATEMENT FROM SPEAKER SHARKEY ON THE PASSING OF REP. TERRY BACKER, 61
"For over two decades, Representative Backer became one of the most beloved and colorful characters of the General Assembly. His trademark denim attire reminded us he was never a traditional suit and tie guy, and that endearing image added perspective to every debate. An acknowledged expert on environmental issues, and in particularly his treasured Long Island Sound, Terry garnered the respect of colleagues on both sides of the aisle, always articulating his views with flair. Terry was always willing to speak against the tide when he felt it was needed, yet was a team player that understood consensus was how to get things done. Even as he battled for his life, Representative Backer made it to the Capitol to fight for his constituents and for what he believed was right. I am lucky to have known Terry as our friendship developed over the years. He was truly one of those special people who figured out how to give back more than you take in a lifetime."

December 7, 2015
ACCESS HEALTH DEADLINE DECEMBER 15TH
Open Enrollment for Access Health CT is currently going on, but you need to sign up by December 15th, if you want your coverage to  start on January 1, 2016. You can enroll here. READ MORE
November 19, 2015
HOUSE DEMOCRATS HONORED BY CT EARLY CHILDHOOD ALLIANCE
CT Early Childhood Alliance honored a number of our legislators this year as 2015 Children's Champions, recognizing legislators who worked closely with advocates to shape legislation to benefit Connecticut’s young children in the areas of healthy development, early care and education, and nutrition and safety. THIS YEAR'S RECIPIENTS
November 11, 2015
CONNECTICUT’S MEMORIAL TO VETERANS OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
The Governor, legislators and staff and members of the public gathered to attend the grand opening ceremony of the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial. The site recognizes past, present, and future Connecticut veterans. Future official observances, activities, and ceremonies will take place at this beautiful location. VIEW GALLERY
October 30, 2015
TIME TO ENROLL FOR HEALTH CARE INSURANCE
If you or anyone you know is interested in obtaining health insurance for 2016, enrollment in Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace, Access Health CT, ends at midnight on Jan. 31. READ MORE
October 1, 2015
NEW LAWS EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1
Taking Effect Today: Laws that make our justice system more fair, help veterans and active duty service members, help stop abuse of prescription drugs and opiates, make college more affordable for families, enourage clean and renewable energy, and more. READ MORE
September 29, 2015
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATORS HONORED BY CONNECTICUT LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS
CTLCV recognized several of our members as Environmental Champions in their annual scorecard – many legislators received top ratings on environmental votes last session. READ MORE
August 21, 2015
SPEAKER SHARKEY HAILS POSITIVE ECONOMIC INDICATORS/BLASTS GOP NEGATIVITY
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey hailed this week’s positive economic news and urged Republicans to stop gleefully predicting economic doom. READ MORE
August 1, 2015
ROOTING FOR STATE TO FAIL IS NOT LEADERSHIP
Speaker Sharkey points out in an op-ed that appeared in the Hartford Courant today how the constant negative rhetoric being spewed by state Republicans these days hurts our state and exposes a lack of leadership in the minority party. READ THE OP-ED IN THE COURANT HERE
July 30, 2015
REP CAROLINE SIMMONS: HOW TO MAKE CT MORE ECONOMICALLY COMPETITIVE
In an Op-Ed in the Stamford Advocate, Rep. Simmons argues that tax reform, and investing in education and transportation, are the key building blocks to making Connecticut more economically competitive. Read the whole article here.

July 28, 2015
COMPANIES GET TAX BREAK ON BUSINESS VEHICLES
Speaker Sharkey joined with some of his fellow Hamden legislators to visit Bob Williams, owner of Auto Sales II in town, to bring attention to the property tax savings businesses with motor vehicles can expect under the new state budget. READ MORE

Rep. Brendan Sharkey Video
July 1, 2015
NEW LAWS TAKING EFFECT JULY 1
Taking effect today: Laws helping homeowners struggling with foreclosure, creating critical literacy programs for kids K-3, and expanding supplement and prescription drug coverage for seniors. READ MORE
June 30, 2015
HOUSE PASSES BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS, PROTECTS SERVICES AND PROVIDES PROPERTY TAX RELIEF WHILE ADDRESSING BUSINESS CONCERNS
This budget helps level the playing field for hard-working, middle class families by providing property tax relief, protecting critical services that they rely on, and investing in Connecticut's economic and transportation future. The budget responds to the concerns of many businesses in our state, while maintaining the safety net for our state's most vulnerable residents. For more on what passed read The CT Mirror article.
June 12, 2015
MAYORS UNDERSTAND IMPORTANCE OF STATE AID TO TOWNS ON LOCAL ECONOMIES
Seven mayors from throughout Connecticut joined me and other legislative leaders at the State Capitol today to praise the state budget passed last week by the General Assembly, pointing out how it provides increased public school aid and PILOT payments while cutting one of the most burdensome taxes in the state - the local property tax. READ MORE
June 11, 2015
THANKS TO THE 2015 BUDGET, MANY CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS WILL SEE HUGE SAVINGS ON THEIR CAR TAXES
Residents of many towns and cities have paid unfairly high taxes on their cars. In many cases, the tax on cars in places like Hartford, New Haven, or New Britain for a modestly priced car like a Honda Accord can be much higher than those for the exact same cars in towns with lower mill rates. This budget caps the mill rate for cars across the state at 32, which will mean significant property tax cuts for many residents in 2016 and 2017. To find out how much you could save on selected car models, check out this table. READ MORE
June 5, 2015
HOUSE AND SENATE PASS BUDGET ON LAST DAY OF SESSION
On the last day of Session Wednesday June 3, The House and Senate passed a biennial state budget package (HB 7061) that provides property tax relief to working families, protects the services that middle-class families rely on, and invests in a world-class transportation system to grow our economy. READ MORE
June 5, 2015
Sharkey in Hartford Courant Op-Ed:
BALANCED BUDGET DEAL PROTECTS MIDDLE CLASS

“Our budget…is balanced, responsible, protects vital services for families, gives the middle class real property tax relief and invests in Connecticut's economic future, while asking the wealthy to pay a little bit more.” READ MORE
May 26, 2015
STATE OFFERS REBATES TO BUYERS OF ELECTRIC CARS
The state is offering a cash rebate of up to $3,000 to people who buy an electric car. READ MORE
May 21, 2015
LEGISLATORS WELCOME HELP FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS
State Representatives Theresa Conroy (D-105), Linda M. Gentile (D-104), Themis Klarides (R-114) and Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. (D-17) hailed House and Senate approval of legislation (SB 290) to facilitate follow-up care for hospital patients by requiring hospitals to record names of designated caregivers and provide detailed instructions for follow-up care. READ MORE
May 14, 2015
HOUSE & SENATE PASS BILLS TO AID VETS
State Reps hail passage of veteran-friendly legislation in the House and Senate. READ MORE
May 8, 2015
SHARKEY AND ARESIMOWICZ DISCUSS THE HOUSE BUDGET
Speaker Sharkey and Majority Leader Aresimowicz sat down yesterday to discuss our proposed budget, which is balanced, retains critical services, and protects the middle class and working families. This budget reduces the car tax for most families, lowers the sales tax rate while providing additional funds to cities and towns to reduce property taxes, and levels the playing field by asking millionaires and billionaires to pay a bit more.

Rep. Brendan Sharkey Video
April 28, 2015
APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PASSES BUDGET
Rep. Toni Walker and Democratic colleagues on the Appropriations Committee unveiled a budget that protects funding for mental health services, municipalities, seniors, children, libraries, schools, healthcare, arts, tourism and social services. READ MORE

Rep. Walker Video
April 22, 2015
HAPPY 45TH BIRTHDAY, EARTH DAY!
How You Can Help the Environment
Every year the legislature passes bills to improve and protect the environment. But there are many things we can all do to help. READ MORE
April 17, 2015
HOUSE VOTE SAVES MERIDEN CAMPUS OF MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Led by Meriden legislators Cathie Abercrombie, Buddy Altobello, and Hilda Santiago, the House voted Wednesday on a bill that prevents any community college campus from being closed without legislative approval. Thus the Meriden campus of Middlesex Community College, which was to be shut down due to budget cuts, will remain open. READ THE HARTFORD COURANT ARTICLE
April 14, 2015
LEGISLATORS MEET THIS YEAR'S TOP INVENTORS AT THE 2015 CONNECTICUT INVENTION CONVENTION
State Reps spoke with some of CT's top student inventors at this year's CT Invention Convention. Jeff Currey, Gregg Haddad, John Hampton, David Kiner, Doug McCrory, and Brandon L. McGee, among others, got a chance to take some cool inventions for a spin.
April 14, 2015
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LEGISLATORS WHO HAVE RECEIVED AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS!
Cristin McCarthy Vahey, Andy Fleischmann, Linda Gentile, Theresa Conroy, Matt Lesser, and James Albis have recently been honored by a variety of organizations in Connecticut and nationally.
March 27, 2015
SPEAKER SHARKEY TO FAIRFIELD BIZ COUNCIL: IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION IN CT WILL LEAD TO JOBS & IMPROVED ECONOMY
Speaker Sharkey told the Business Council of Fairfield County that the future of Connecticut's economy depends on dramatically improving our transportation infrastructure. READ MORE
March 27, 2015
CONNECTICUT'S "BIOTECHNICAL REVOLUTION" A KEY TOPIC AT BRANFORD FORUM
Jobs, housing and keys to Connecticut's future were on the agenda at the "Biotech, Business and Branford" forum at the Blackstone Library sponsored by the town's Economic Development Commission (EDC). READ MORE

March 10, 2015
PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CT DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATORS CALL FOR STUDENT LOAN BILL OF RIGHTS
The week before President Obama called for a Student Aid Bill of Rights, Speaker Sharkey and other legislators declared it’s time to give students relief from some of the crushing and confusing requirements of the loan process. If the law is adopted, Connecticut would be the first state in the country to implement a student loan bill of rights. READ MORE

February 18, 2015
ANTHEM PROVIDES IDENTITY THEFT REPAIR AND CREDIT MONITORING
Anthem customers are now able to sign up for identity theft repair and credit monitoring services, which will be free of charge for two years. To sign up, go to https://anthem.allclearid.com/.
February 2, 2015
A NEW CHAPTER FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOE VERRENGIA
After 25 years as a West Hartford police officer, Joe Verrengia has retired, but will continue to apply the "protect and serve" philosophy in his role as state representative. West Hartford Life has the story. READ MORE
January 26, 2015
MAJOR BLIZZARD HEADED TO CONNECTICUT
According to the most recent updates from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), as well as the latest weather updates, the State of Connecticut will be experiencing a very significant snowstorm later today thru early Wednesday morning. Read the latest weather update from DESPP: READ MORE

January 26, 2015
TIPS FROM GOVERNOR DAN MALLOY’S OFFICE ON WEATHERING THE STORM
Here are some tips from the Governor’s office on how to stay safe and comfortable during the storm: READ MORE
January 5, 2015
SPEAKER SHARKEY OUTLINES LEGISLATIVE AGENDA IN SUNDAY’S HARTFORD COURANT
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey talked about the need to encourage our resurging economy, grow jobs, and keep Connecticut a great place to live and work by updating our transportation systems and housing and development policies. READ MORE