EDITORIAL: July: New Laws, New Challenges

The month of July opens up as a range of options and realities. Summer is already a protagonist in much of the country and also in Connecticut, where we will see parties, festivals and celebrations. However, there is something that does not transcend much, but that will be of great importance in the future of all. As of July 1, the new laws that the Legislative Assembly has discussed and voted on and that have finally been approved by Governor Lamont are put into effect.

In our State, there were controversial and important issues that had long hours of sessions and innumerable amount of testimonies. One of the most important laws is that related to paid family leave, with all the exceptions and details, it has already become a topic that stands out at the national level.

The approval of the teaching of history of the Afro-American and Latin communities within the school curriculum was highly applauded by the Hispanic representatives in the Capitol.

A state subsidy for the Police was also agreed upon, one which will help in the implementation of security cameras carried by each agent.

We cannot fail to mention, the approval of the raise of the minimum wage to $15 dollars per hour, although this will be a gradual increase until reaching that amount in 2023.

The safe storage of firearms, whether they are loaded or unloaded, is another project that had a green light on that long road to gun control. The one that perhaps does not have the notoriety of others, but a topic that is a tendency, is the autonomy that will allow children 6 years and older, to apply sunscreen, with a medical permission; something that up until now, only the school nurse could do.

The issues that had a strong impact on public opinion and led to countless testimonies and hours of debate were those related to tolls and the legalization of recreational marijuana. Although they advanced a lot, they were not approved. Those who support these two projects hope that extraordinary sessions will be held so that they finally become law.

It will also be necessary to recognize that the voice of leaders, community leaders and several legislators were decisive for not advancing with anti-immigrant laws, such as the possibility of giving extra functions to police against the undocumented, or to eliminate the sanctuary cities that already exist in our State.
Jorge Alatrista
Identidad Latina Newspaper

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