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Legislative Leadership

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Martin Looney, Pres. Pro Tempore
Bob Duff, Majority Leader
Len Fasano, Minority Leader

How to Track a Bill
  1. Visit the "Enter Public" Tab of Bill Tracking on the General Assembly's homepage.
  2. Click on "Enter Guests"
  3. Register (at the top) by entering your name, email address, mobile number, mobile provider, and password. Click submit.
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  5. Once logged in, you are able to track bills by their number, by committee, or by sponsor or co-sponsor. 
  6. You may also direct the website to notify you immediately when there is a bill status change or email you a report. 



 
Short Session Long on Bills that Matter to Community Colleges
The even-number years are considered "short sessions" for our Connecticut General Assembly who approves a biennial budget in the odd-numbered years. However, due to budget deficits, this short session has a long list of bills that legislators are considering.

Proposed Legislation
Every legislative session, there are a number of proposed bills that if passed, will affect our members. Following is a list of proposals that have been introduced so far. As always, keep in mind that these are simply proposals. Thousands of bills are proposed every year and only a small portion of them go on to become law. The 4Cs leadership and lobbyist will follow all of these bills and if there is ever a need for us to act in great numbers, we will inform you. However, if you are interested in following these bills yourself, please see "How to Track Bills" in the sidebar.

Higher Education 
HB-5072: AN ACT CONCERNING HIGHER EDUCATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS. Statement of Purpose:  To create consistency among the various sub-baccalaureate certificate programs. (View testimony provided by Mark Ojakian here).

HB-5071:  AN ACT REQUIRING CONNECTICUT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE AUTHORIZATION RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT REGARDING DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS. Statement of Purpose:  To require participation in the nation-wide state authorization reciprocity agreement. (View 4Cs' testimony here.)

HB-5098:  AN ACT CONCERNING A TAX ON CERTAIN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. Statement of Purpose:  To impose a tax on the endowment of educational institutions to create a revenue stream for universal free community college for state residents.

HB-5332:  AN ACT CONCERNING THE GOVERNOR'S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. Statement of Purpose:  To make changes to the Governor's Scholarship program. (View testimony by Tunxis Director of Financial Aid, David Welsh, here).

SB-23: AN ACT CONCERNING CONNECTICUT'S MANUFACTURING AND TECHNOLOGY WORKFORCE. Statement of Purpose:  To require a study of issues concerning Connecticut's manufacturing and technology workforce.

SB-25: AN ACT CONCERNING SPECIAL POLICE FORCES ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. Statement of Purpose: To permit the establishment of a special police force at each of the regional community-technical colleges, subject to approval by the BOR.  (View testimony provided by Mark Ojakian  here ).

SB-147: AN ACT ASSISTING STUDENTS WITHOUT LEGAL IMMIGRATION STATUS WITH THE COST OF COLLEGE. Statement of Purpose:  To enable students without legal immigration status to be eligible for institutional financial assistance. Many students spoke in favor of this legislation, including community college students (here).

SB-270: AN ACT MAKING THE BUDGETS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT, THE CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM AND THE REGIONAL COMMUNITY-TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM AVAILABLE ONLINE. Statement of Purpose: To make the budget available to the public online. (Public hearing scheduled for 3/11).

Labor & Public Employees
SB-269: AN ACT REQUIRING THE SECRETARY OF THE OFFICE OF POLICY AND MANAGEMENT TO STUDENT THE IMPACT OF IMPLEMENTING A FORTY-HOUR WORK WEEK FOR STATE EMPLOYEES. Statement of Purpose: To require the Secretary of OPM to study the impact of requiring all state employees to work a forty-hour work week. (Public hearing scheduled for 3/4). 

What are the Hot Topics at the Capitol?
According to the Office of Legislative Research (OLR), the hot topics this week are:
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