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Capitol News from State Senator Ed Gomes

January 8, 2016

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 3800
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

E-mail me here

On the Web

Capitol: 860-240-0509
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

Informational Session on How to Receive a Pardon or Certificate of Employability

Many men and women have been convicted of a crime and for the rest of their lives have to suffer for mistakes they made in the past—this can be a major obstacle to employment. By making an application to the state Board of Pardons, individuals can “wipe the slate clean” by sealing or expunging a conviction. For those still on probation or parole, a Provisional Pardon (Certificate of Employability) may be available.

Later this month, I will be joining State Representative Andre Baker and the Connecticut Pardon Team (CPT) for a presentation on how to receive a pardon. The CPT provides services for applications for a full pardon or certificate of employability. Receiving such a pardon or certificate can help tremendously in applying for any future employment.

Join us on Thursday, January 21, at 6 PM at the Blessed Sacrament Church, 275 Union Ave. in Bridgeport. To RSVP, call 860-823-1571, or email

Expanding Transparency in Hospital Fees

hospital feesHospital patients can expect a more clear explanation of the charges for their stay as the result of a law passed last year. The law, which went into effect this month, ensures that hospitals notify patients of their intentions to begin charging facility fees. The new law also requires that all billing statements clearly identify the fee, explain that it is being imposed to cover hospital operational expenses, and inform patients that they have the right to request a reduction of the facility fee or any other part of the bill.

Facility fees are charged by hospitals for outpatient services provided in the facility and are intended to cover operational expenses associated with these services. Patients have complained about being charged hundreds of dollars in facility fees without being told about them in advance and without explanation of their purpose. On many occasions patients have been seeing the same doctor or specialist for years and are unaware that they have been acquired by a hospital which would begin charging facility fees. Patient advocates argue that the fees are difficult to understand and can be different amounts depending on the hospital charging them. The law that went into effect this month will help patients better understand these fees and their rights regarding them.

A Top-10 Energy Efficient State

energy efficiencyAn annual ranking from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rated Connecticut among the Top 10 energy-efficient states in America.

Connecticut was noted for its financial incentives and energy efficiency investments. The state ranked sixth in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the same position it held in 2014.


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