Upcoming 2018 legislative will be short, and difficult.
The upcoming 2018 legislative session will have a few distinctions separating it from the 2017 session. First and foremost, it will be short, beginning in February, and ending in May. Being an even-numbered year, typically only bills of a budgetary nature will be discussed, although this is not always adhered to, and bills can only be introduced by the various committee chairs. Also, it will be an election year, as every state legislator will be up for re-election. While not yet having a clear picture of which legislator’s plan to run for re-election, and who does not, we do know that Governor Dan Malloy will not be running. Most insiders expect that these elections will result in a larger than usual amount of turnover in Hartford.
Being a “short session” also means that it will be much more difficult to pass new legislation. Despite this, the American Heart Association will aggressively pursue several issues, that if passed, will result in positive health outcomes for all CT residents. Among the many issues that we will be working on will include ensuring that the healthy beverage choice becomes the easy choice; that kid’s restaurant meals are nutritious, and; making it as difficult as possible for kids to begin using tobacco products.
If you would like to get involved, and help us work towards creating a healthier life, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, for all our friends and neighbors, you can do so by going to YoureTheCure.org and signing up as an advocate. We hope you will do so!