State Senator

Joan Hartley

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Chair: Public Safety & Security

Vice-Chair: Appropriations; Insurance & Real Estate

Member: Executive & Legislative Nominations; Transportation

Representing Waterbury, Middlebury & Naugatuck

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15th Senate District

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Help a Vet Get to Their Medical Appointments

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) needs your help. Since the federal government terminated its program that helped many veterans pay for transportation to VA medical facilities the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) created a free Transportation Service Program to help veterans who do not meet the VA’s Beneficial Travel eligibility requirements.

Please consider donating your time to help a veteran get to their medical appointments. To volunteer, please contact Joesph Canzanella at 860-666-6951 ext. 6513.

New Driver’s Licenses for Veterans

I am pleased to report that a piece of legislation I helped pass last year took effect on January 1. CT veterans' IDFormer members of the U.S. Armed Forces may now apply to have their veteran’s status displayed on their Connecticut Driver’s License, with the added symbol of an American flag.

To apply for the new license symbol, simply fill out an application and submit it along with proof of honorable discharge (such as a DD-214) to the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs, who will then notify the DMV on your behalf. This must be done at least 30 days prior to visiting a DMV or AAA office to allow time for processing.

About Senator Hartley

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Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury), currently an Assistant President Pro Tempore of the state Senate, was elected by an overwhelming margin to represent the 15th state Senate District for a seventh term in November 2012.

After serving for 16 years in the State House of Representatives from the 73rd District, which included serving as Speaker Pro Tempore—the third-highest ranking position in the House—Joan was elected to the State Senate in November 2000.

Joan currently serves as co-chair of the Public Safety and Security Committee; she is vice-chair of the Appropriations Committee and the Insurance and Real Estate Committee. She is also a member of the Transportation Committee and the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee.

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After twelve years in the Senate preceded by 16 years in the House, Joan has a proven record as an effective lawmaker and respected advocate who consistently stands up to represent the best interests of taxpayers and families.

Most recently, Joan helped expand transportation options for residents of greater Waterbury and successfully brokered arrangement in which urban residents have improved access to locally grown produce: a nutritional benefit for residents and an enhanced market for growers. She has also played an active role in securing insurance coverage for women to obtain additional types of breast cancer screenings, as necessary.

Joan has served on the National Conference of State Legislatures‘ Assembly on State Issues‘ Committee on Education. The committee, with membership from states nationwide, examined topics of school safety, teacher professional development and accountability in education.

Joan was an author of the state spending cap legislation, voted against the income tax, voted to reduce the gas tax and sales tax, and voted to increase the property tax credit. She also fought the HMO‘s and co-sponsored legislation banning “drive through deliveries” and 48 hour mastectomies.

Joan supported legislation to prohibit physicians’ gag orders and establish an HMO rating system, and worked in an inter-state consortium to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

As a former educator, one of 10 children, and a mother, Joan has always been a strong advocate for education. She wrote the early school readiness legislation, which created seats for pre-kindergarten children throughout the state, and worked to provide four-year degree programs at the Waterbury-UConn branch.

Joan lives in Waterbury with her husband, Jim. They have two children, Devin and Brooke.

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Connecticut Newsmakers

July 18, 2014 —Senator Hartley joins Nathan O’Leary on Comcast Newsmakers to discuss recently enacted legislation affecting the 15th district.

Cracking Down on Illicit Gambling

January 31, 2014 —Senators Bartolomeo and Hartley detail a plan to shutdown illicit gambling parlors that have opened in communities around Connecticut.