18 straight months of job growth! With a year and a half straight of job growth, Connecticut continues to be a great place to work and live. Thank you to Governor Ned Lamont and Senator Cathy Osten who have done so much to make our state succeed.
"Manufacturing continues to be a star performer with jobs up 3,400 since December. Labor force growth also accelerated in 2022, increasing an average of 7,900 per month so far this year." - CT Department of Labor
𝘼𝙗𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙚 𝙫𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙫𝙤𝙩𝙚. 𝙑𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙪𝙙 𝙞𝙨 𝙍𝘼𝙍𝙀, 𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙚𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙨𝙝 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙚𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨.
Even after this bill’s passage, Connecticut remains one of only 6 states with restrictions on absentee voting in their state’s constitution. It is long overdue for those outmoded and unfair restrictions to be removed so that anyone in CT may vote using this secure and convenient method of voting!
CT NEWS JUNKIE: “Commuters may qualify if they spend most of Election Day out of town at work, rather than out of town for all hours polls are open. A caretaker may decide to vote by absentee ballot rather than risk exposing their vulnerable client to an infectious disease.”
FOX 61 (VIDEO): “This slight change better aligns our state laws with that allowed under the constitution,” Lamont said in a statement. “We should be doing everything we can to encourage qualified voters to cast a ballot, and this is a responsible step forward in that direction.”
“No voter should ever have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote,” Merrill said in a statement Friday. “The COVID-19 crisis is still with us, and this legislation will ensure that voters will be able to cast their ballots and make their voices heard.”
THE DAY: “By a 126-16 vote that included significant bipartisan support from Republicans, the House passed the bill, which Democrats say is meant to allow the state to extend its statutes to match the constitution until the constitution can be amended for no-excuse absentee voting. All 16 "no" votes belonged to Republicans, and included state Reps. Mike France, R-Ledyard, and Doug Dubitsky, R-Chaplin.”
Voting is a fundamental right that ought to be fair and accessible, but Connecticut's voting laws are needlessly restrictive when it comes to voting by absentee ballot.
This week, the CT House voted on and passed a bill that will expand our ability to vote absentee! This bill aligns the statute to what our Constitution actually says ("sickness") vs. what is currently in statute ("such elector's sickness").
Learn more about the bill at The Day and cga.ct.gov.
𝙊𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨' 𝙫𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙨:
✅ Yes: Representative Christine Conley
🛑 No: Representative Mike France
𝙑𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙍𝙚𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙇𝙚𝙙𝙮𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙉𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 2022 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜:
✅ Yes: Rep. Kevin Ryan (Democrat, 139th District)
✅ Yes: Rep. Greg Howard (Republican, 43rd District)
🛑 No: Rep. Brian Lanoue (Republican, 45th district)
From State Representative Christine Conley:
"Today, the House passed HB 5262, An Act Revising Certain Absentee Voting Eligibility Statutes, to make it easier for voters to vote absentee if they're feeling unwell, worried about their health, or out of town on Election Day.
To be eligible to cast an absentee ballot, current law requires voters to have a physical disability or illness that prevents them from voting in person or be out of town for at least 14 hours on Election Day.
No voter should ever have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote. This proposal eases some of the eligibility restrictions for absentee ballots so that more residents can choose this method to cast their ballot."
In response to the pandemic, Connecticut temporarily allowed permits to increase and expand outdoor dining to offer residents a safe way to support their favorite local businesses. Today, the House passed HB 5271 to extend the popular provision through next year and further allow restaurants the ability to safely rebuild their customer base.
Our current state representatives' votes:
Yes: Representative Christine Conley
No: Representative Mike France
Votes from Representatives who will represent Ledyard after November 2022 with new redistricting:
Yes: Rep. Kevin Ryan (Democrat, 139th District)
Yes: Rep. Greg Howard (Republican, 43rd District)
No: Rep. Brian Lanoue (Republican, 45th district)
The bill will next go to the CT Senate!