The 2017 session of the Connecticut General Assembly convened on January 4th  and adjourns on June 7 th


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As of this writing, the Connecticut General Assembly is three weeks into its 2017 session.  To date, legislators have proposed hundreds of bills for consideration by the various legislative committees. If a bill survives the committee process, these proposals could eventually be voted on by the State Senate and House of Representatives.

The proposed bills listed below represent some of the issues the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference will be supporting and/or opposing during this session.  Currently, many of the bills have been proposed in concept only and lack specific language.  The Legislative Commissioners’ Office – the bill drafting office of the General Assembly – will then be publishing the full text of a specific proposal.  Throughout this session, the Conference will be issuing Legislative Action Alerts and the Conference hopes that it can count on you for your support and involvement.  It is imperative that our State Senators and Representatives hear from their constituents as they consider a wide variety of legislative proposals.  The Conference will once again take the lead position in dealing with the many issues of importance to the Catholic Church and with your support, the Conference will have another successful legislative session.  Please watch for future updates on legislation of interest to the Conference.

Michael C. Culhane, Executive Director


Connecticut – 2016 Election Results

    mmw_vote_102208_articleThe national election results are well known to the citizens of Connecticut; President – Donald Trump (R), U.S. Senator – Richard Blumenthal (D), U.S. Representatives – John Larson (1st), Joe Courtney (2nd),Rosa DeLauro (3rd), James Himes (4th) and Elizabeth Esty (5th).
However, many state residents fail to know the impact that the November elections had upon the make-up of the Connecticut General Assembly. As concerns continue to grow over the state budget and economic growth, the voters of Connecticut placed greater control of the General Assembly into the hands of the Republicans. In an historic event, the thirty-six member Senate moved from a Democratic majority with 21 seats, to a tie of 18 seats between the two parties. The State House remained under Democratic control, but lost eight seats, for a final tally of 79 Democrats to 72 Republicans. The gain of seats by the Republicans in both chambers is expected to have a significant impact on legislation coming out of the 2017 General Assembly.

Final Senate Results

Final House of Representatives Results


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