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Last EditedJason  Jun 08, 2011 04:26am
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CategoryProposed Legislation
News DateWednesday, June 8, 2011 12:20:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA handful of progressive bills cleared significant hurdles to becoming laws last weekend. Two now only require the governor's signature. Both the state Senate and the House of Representatives moved on four bills that Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will likely sign into law.

The passage of these bills represents victories for working mothers, transgendered people, pot smokers and prisoners. The losers are a powerful business lobbying group that opposes protections for workers; a fanatical Christian organization that opposes rights for gay and trans people and women; and the very un-hip.

Paid sick leave: Connecticut will become the first state in the nation to require large companies to offer a week of paid sick leave to service workers. Starting in May 2012, food service and day care workers get a week of paid sick leave every year. Under the law, employers will have to pay a $500 fine and re-hire an employee if the Department of Labor finds the company fired a worker in retaliation for using his or her paid sick time.

Trans rights: Transgendered citizens will no longer have to fear for their jobs, as a new law proposed by Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield (D-New Haven) will include transgendered people in the laws that currently protect women and people of color from discrimination. The bill passed the Senate over the weekend despite histrionic warnings from the Family Institute of Connecticut that such a law would open the door to pedophiles and sexual predators in public bathrooms.
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