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Photo of Senator Gary Winfield.

STATE SENATOR

Gary Winfield

A Passion For Progress

"Racial Impact" Bill Signed Into Law

Far too often, states across the country and even here in Connecticut enact policies that have a disproportionate impact on communities of color. That is why this year I reintroduced a Racial Impact Statement bill that will provide lawmakers with data, with which they can consider the ramifications of proposed laws on communities of color.

Senator Winfield at bill signing.

I first introduced a racial impact bill 10 years ago because I knew that what Connecticut had on the books wasn't good enough. I believe that as policymakers, it is important that we understand the full impact that proposed legislation can have on communities of color to avoid unforeseen ramifications.

Last week, I was proud to stand beside my colleagues to see the bill signed into law.
 

Common Ground Students

As part of continued efforts to engage with youth, I've been meeting with students throughout my district to talk about about their academic studies, future aspirations and other interests.

Senator Winfield.

Recently, I visited The Nature Conservancy on Church Street in New Haven to speak with students from Common Ground High School, currently completing on-site paid internships.

During our time together, we discussed ways in which the students could influence the political process and my perspective on energy and environmental issues.

The program at The Nature Conservancy is part of the Conservation Career Pathway--comprised of high school and college internships, and post-graduation two-year fellowships. The program supplements environmental education in the classroom with real-world experience and increases student awareness of higher education and career paths in conservation.
 

Summer Reading on the Green

Every summer, LEAP celebrates the value of our community by reading to children on the New Haven Green. I am proud to support programs like LEAP, which is why I have been an ongoing volunteer and have worked to secure state funding for them in the state budget.

Senator Winfield reading.

LEAP trains New Haven public high school and college students to work with younger children, providing a literacy-based curriculum as well as classes in the arts, computer science, swimming, athletics, camping, cooking and team building.

It was such a wonderful opportunity to participate with all of LEAP's kids together in one place engaging in literacy!

If you or someone you know would like to join myself and other community leaders in reading to LEAP campers next summer, please contact Ronnetta Holmes at rholmes@leapforkids.org.