May 27, 2010
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|Lawmakers vote overwhelmingly for HB 5360, An Act Concerning Children in the Recession|
The legislation, based on the findings of the Speaker's Task Force on Children in the Recession, passed by a 137-7 vote in the House of Representatives on April 27 and cleared the Senate unanimously on May 5. If Gov. M. Jodi Rell signs it, Connecticut will become the first state to take a comprehensive approach to this issue. Bill summary | Text of the bill | Task Force home page
The impact of the 2010 legislative session on children and families|
The just-concluded session of the Connecticut General Assembly produced a variety of legislation affecting children and families. Click here to read summaries of the bills and watch CT-N coverage of the Commission's May 11 meeting, where lawmakers and experts discussed the importance of the bills.
Bullying comes to the fore|
The suicide of a Massachusetts teenager who'd been the target of severe bullying at school has prompted a lot of discussion about what Connecticut is doing about the problem:
welcomes three new board members|
The Commission on Children welcomes three new members to its board: Andrew Gibson, Ph.D., of Windham; attorney Justine Rakich-Kelly of Bristol; and attorney Ron Ward of Norwich.
Here's the rest of the board
The Commission on Children: 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106-1591.
Phone: 860.240.0290 Fax: (860) 240-0248 Website: www.cga.ct.gov/coc
About the Commission: Created in 1985 by the Connecticut General Assembly, the Commission on Children brings together the three branches of government--legislative, executive, and judicial--as well as the private sector to promote public policies in the best interests of children. More
Commission members (all unpaid): M. Alex Geertsma, M.D., F.A.A.P., Chair; George A. Coleman, Vice Chair; Mary Grace Reed, Secretary; James P. Cordier, Treasurer; Laura Lee Simon, Chair Emerita; Representative Andrew M. Fleischmann; Mary K. Fox; Andrew Gibson, Ph.D.; Senator Jonathan Harris; Alison Hilding; Senator Andrew J. McDonald; Josh Piteo; Justine Rakich-Kelly; Barbara J. Ruhe; Representative Toni Walker; Ron Ward; and John Yrchik. Ex-officio members: commissioners of children and families, developmental services, public health, education, social services, and correction; the secretary of policy and management; the attorney general; and the chief court administrator. More information
Commission staff: Elaine Zimmerman, executive director; Thomas R. Brooks, director of policy and research analysis; Dawn Homer-Bouthiette, Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) director; Kevin Flood, public information officer and webmaster; Mary Kate Lowndes, director of development; Rachel Levy, executive secretary; Edie Luciano, legislative secretary.
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