The North Haven High students who attended the “Breakfast with the Legislators” for extra credit were surprised to find it “really interesting.” Sitting at a table with their state Senator and Representative was awesome.
The League of Women Voters of Hamden-North Haven “Breakfast with the Legislators”, held January 26 at the North Haven Holiday Inn, featured all but one state legislators representing Hamden and North Haven: Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, District 11; Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore Len Fasano, District 34; Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey, District 88; Rep. Michael D'Agostino, District 91; Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, District 94; and Rep. Dave Yaccarino, District 87. Andrea Aldrich, League Voter Services Chair, organized the event. Elona Vaisnys was the moderator.
Sen. Looney, co-chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety, the legislators, and the audience were presented the League of Women Voters of Connecticut proposals for gun-related legislation. There were questions on security in schools (asked by a high school student), on the affordable housing law intended to provide housing for single families that allows developers to build big buildings instead ((Rep. D’Agostino invited the questioner to testify on that subject in Hartford, which she did), and about rumors that legislators don’t get enough advance notice to read bills before voting on them. The Senate Majority Leader replied that legislators have time to read the bills before voting, but the Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore countered that the minority office does get bills with hundreds of pages of background information at the last minute. He assigns staff to read different parts and brief him but would like to have the time to read the information for himself.
The League of Women Voters seeks to increase understanding of public policy issues, to influence policy through education and advocacy, and to encourage informed citizen participation in government. LWV neither supports nor opposes candidates for political office and members may belong to any political party. Men have been LWV members since 1974. The League is active in all 50 states.
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