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SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

Martin Looney

An Advocate for Us

Remembering on Memorial Day

I would like to take a moment to commemorate the sacrifices of our military men and women who have laid down their lives in the service of our country.

Since the founding of this nation, Connecticut residents have answered the call of duty in defense of the United States.

On this Memorial Day, let us reflect on those individuals who so bravely risked their lives in the face of grave danger.

There is a "Wall of Honor" at the State Capitol. This wall is a tribute to the Connecticut men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks.

There are four faces on this wall from our community:

veterans

veteran

I would ask that you keep the fallen in your minds and their families in your hearts as we honor their immense sacrifices.
 

Pay Equity Bill Signed Into Law

This week, the governor signed into law a bipartisan bill addressing the gender pay gap. I am proud to live in a state that supports fair treatment of women and I proudly voted in favor of this bill in the Senate.

Senator Looney.

Under the law, which takes effect January 1, 2019, employers in Connecticut are prohibited from asking prospective employees about their previous wages, as evidence shows women disproportionately carry lower salaries from one job to the next.

On average, unfair pay costs each working woman in Connecticut more than $10,000 every year. According to the National Women's Law Center, women in Connecticut--on average--have to work until age 70 to earn what a man makes by the time he is 60. The Senate Democrats originally introduced the legislation as a cornerstone of their Democratic Values agenda in order to put Connecticut at the forefront of a national debate about the wage gap.

I want to thank the governor for signing this bill into law, which will help working women maintain economic stability for themselves and their families.