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STATE SENATOR

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Listening to You

REV UP for National Disability Voter Registration Week

This week, July 17-21, is National Disability Voter Registration Week. This nationwide event is held every year to highlight the need for people with disabilities to make their voices heard in our political process. As Chairman of the American Association of People with Disabilities, I will be working with organizations around the United States to engage the disability community and encourage them to REV UP. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!

If you, your friends or loved ones are not yet registered to vote, please consider taking this occasion to register. Once you are registered, join me in voting in support of disability rights.

REV UP

Helping Our Farmers Join the Brewer Industry

I recently led passage of a new law that will allow farmers to diversify their revenue sources and join the rapidly-growing beer brewing industry. I believe that Connecticut's rich agricultural history can be a big part of our economic future. Farmers are beginning to adapt their businesses to include modern revenue generators such as green energy production, and this new law will help them embrace brewing.

House Bill 5928, which was recently signed into law as Public Act 17-160, establishes a manufacturer permit for farm breweries. This will allow Connecticut farmers to manufacture, store, bottle, distribute and directly sell beer manufactured on their farm. Many Connecticut farms are beginning to produce hops, barley and other crop used to brew beer. Allowing them to use their crops to produce and sell beer will help our farms further diversify their income, allowing them to grow and succeed, while continuing to be an important part of the "Connecticut Grown" movement."

Protecting the Legacy of the ADA

This month marks the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This bipartisan law was a transformative moment in a disability rights movement that still has much work to do. Unfortunately, recently proposed healthcare changes at the national level threaten basic healthcare access for people with disabilities. Last week, I submitted an Op-Ed to the New Haven Register outlining the importance of protecting and advancing the rights of people with disabilities. I encourage you to take a moment to read that piece. We are at a critical moment in the history of this country and it is important that we all stay engaged and get involved. If you want more information or have suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact my office.