From our offices on the 5th floor of the state Capitol, we at Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging are both witness to and participants in the ebb and flow of Connecticut’s legislative sessions. We provide in-depth and critical analyses on bills and proposals that affect Connecticut’s older adults to legislators on both sides of the aisle and across several committees, staff, and other nonpartisan offices.

We are steadfastly committed to providing information in a nonpartisan, objective way, and strive to uphold the highest standard of purpose and principles.

During this “short session,” we testified to more than 40 bills and tracked approximately 150 bills across 17 committees– Human Services, Public Health, Aging, Insurance and Real Estate, Appropriations, General Law, Judiciary, and more.

Operating in what seems like a secret code of bill, calendar, and amendment numbers, we work with legislators, staff, constituents and stakeholders to pursue legislation that promotes choice, quality and access to services and supports for older adults, and help streamline and improve government systems.

With gratitude to the hundreds of people that help move bills through the formidable legislative process – especially state legislators – several pieces of legislation passed this session that continue the state’s commitment to allow people to age in place and create livable communities for people of all ages.

For a detailed rundown of the legislation, read our report detailing the dozens of aging-related bills passed this session. You can also watch a discussion of the legislation on the CT Network.

At times, working in this historic building is thrilling; at other times, it is maddening. But, it is ALWAYS a privilege and an honor. When the bell rings for that one last vote, when midnight comes and the House and Senate adjourn Sine Die, I stand in awe that I get to be part of it, witnessing democracy in action.

Deb Migneault, senior policy analyst

Deb Migneault, senior policy analyst