Weekly News - March 14, 2016

This Week at the Capitol

State Capitol BuildingAs we get closer to May, committees are moving bills forward. The Children's Committee has issued "JF Reports" (joint favorable reports), with a deadline of March 10. To see the list of JF'd bills from the Children's Committee, click HERE

The Education Committee has scheduled meetings this Wednesday, Friday and next Monday to finish their bills. Education's Joint Favorable deadline is March 21. 

Senate Bill 216, "AN ACT EXPANDING THE SALES TAX EXEMPTION TO INCLUDE FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS AND DISPOSABLE OR REUSABLE DIAPERS," had a public hearing on March 7 before the Public Health Committee. 

The Labor Committee passed SB 221, "AN ACT CONCERNING PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE," out of committee with joint favorable substitute language and now has been filed with the Legislative Commissioner's Office.  

SB 391, "AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOUPMENT OF STATE COSTS ATTRIBUTABLE TO LOW WAGE EMPLOYERS," was referred to a public hearing before Human Services on March 8. It was JF'd at the March 15 Human Services Committee meeting. CT NewsJunkie has more on the bill. 

House Bill 5370, "AN ACT INCREASING THE MINIMUM FAIR WAGE," was referred to the Labor Committee and had a public hearing on March 3. The bill was not called at the 3/10 Labor Committee meeting and the committee is not scheduled to meet again before the committee deadline. 

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Weekly News - March 7, 2016

It's Not Too Late!

You can still submit testimony for Monday's Education Committee public hearing on H.B. No. 5557 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS.  The bill's purpose is to establish an early childhood educator compensation schedule for early childhood educators that ensures the retention and recruitment of qualified educators, secures a standard of living that meets such educators' needs, and reflects the true costs associated with quality standards for early childhood care and education programs.

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