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2018 Legislative Session Now Underway

AHA Tackles Three Important Issues This Legislative Session.

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The CT state legislature opened the 2018 legislative session on Wednesday, February 7, and it will conclude on Wednesday, May 9. This is a “short session” in which there will be the same volume of legislation before the legislature, but in a very condensed time frame.

AHA policy priorities include raising the tobacco sales age to 21, passing a sugary drink tax, and ensuring that a healthy beverage is the default option on children’s restaurant menus. Challenges this session will again be a looming budget deficit, the fact that it is an election year which typically see’s very few bills making it through the entire process, and the fact that the margins between Democrats and Republicans are so thin, with a Democrat majority in the Senate of one vote, and only a seven vote Democrat majority in the House. Despite it looking like a difficult session, we are working very hard to pass our priorities, and will keep you updated throughout the process!

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