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News from State Senator Ed Gomes
     

April 27, 2016

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

E-mail me here

On the Web
www.SenatorGomes.cga.ct.gov

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

Helping Veteran-owned Small Businesses

Vets Biz
On Wednesday I stood side-by-side with veteran small-business owners and a bipartisan group of state senators in support of a bill to support veteran-owned small businesses providing additional bidding preferences under state contracting laws.

Later that day, the Senate passed the legislation making Connecticut the most "vetrepreneur" friendly state in the nation.

Retaining and attracting veteran-owned businesses is a priority for the Senate Democrats as part of our larger commitment to those who served our nation. This legislation is a continuation of a multi-year focus by the General Assembly-led by the Senate Democrats-on improving the lives of our vets, supporting them in every way possible and helping to ensure they can earn a living.

Protecting Access to Lawyers for Low-Income Residents

I was proud to vote last week for a bill that will help protect access to legal representation for low-income Connecticut residents.

Legal rightsSenate Bill 428--which passed on a unanimous and bipartisan basis--provides critically needed funding for Connecticut's financially struggling Legal Aid offices. The bill adds over a million dollars a year to a state account which funds legal aid, which will be a big help. In 2013, Connecticut Legal Services was able to open only about 3,400 cases out of the roughly 19,000 requests it received.

There has been a growing concern in this country that we are developing a two-tiered civil justice system in America: one, a first-class justice system where the accused have the means to afford legal counsel. The other, a second-class justice system where economically disadvantaged citizens have little or no access to legal counsel

This legislation will help remedy a portion of this growing disparity and will help ensure equal access and equal representation for all citizens in our judicial system.
 

 
 

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