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CT State Rep. Carter: Republican Legislation Supports Women, Families

The House Republican Caucus put forward legislation to help women return to the workforce, streamline late child support payment collections, enhance science scholarships for women, make daycare more affordable and secure domestic violence shelters.

Report by Paula Antolini
March 16, 2015 3:36PM EDT

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Message from CT State Representative Dan Carter:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In light of Women’s Day about a week ago, I would like to share Legislation here in Hartford that seeks to promote women’s rights and their access to quality healthcare, as well as what advancements are being made in your local community to put these initiatives into action.

The House Republican Caucus put forward legislation to help women return to the workforce, streamline late child support payment collections, enhance science scholarships for women, make daycare more affordable and secure domestic violence shelters.

Click here to view a list of some of these bills. (Also see proposals list below.)

Proposals include:

HB 6121: AN ACT ESTABLISHING A FUND PROVIDING SCHOLARSHIPS TO WOMEN PURSUING DEGREES IN THE STEM FIELD

Requires the Board of Regents to establish a fund that would accept private contributions to offer scholarships to women pursuing degrees in STEM fields.

HB 6205: AN ACT CONCERNING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE TO STUDY METHODS FOR IMPROVED COLLECTION OF PAST DUE CHILD SUPPORT

Provides funding for the latest technology systems to facilitate communication between entities responsible for collecting child support payments.

HB 5848: AN ACT CONCERNING WOMEN RETURNING TO THE WORKFORCE

Establishes a workforce re-entry program for women who made a decision to leave the workforce. The program would include updating knowledge of technology, as well as interviewing skills.

HB 6249: AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT PROGRAM FOR EMPLOYERS WHO OFFER ON-SITE CHILD DAY CARE OPTIONS FOR EMPLOYEES

Establish a tax credit program for businesses that provide on-site daycare services for children of employees.

HB 5959: AN ACT PROVIDING SUFFICIENT STATE FUNDING TO MAINTAIN TWENTY-FOUR-HOUR STAFFING AT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS

Provide sufficient funding to ensure 24-hour security at all Connecticut domestic violence shelters.

HB 5981: AN ACT CONCERNING THE ANGEL INVESTOR TAX CREDIT PROGRAM AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES

To promote investment in women-owned businesses in Connecticut by requiring not less than 25% of the annual aggregate amount of angel investor tax credits be awarded to companies that invest in women-owned businesses.

We need to focus more attention on these issues because they will strengthen families in Connecticut and make our households more productive and successful. These proposals, in many ways, will make women and single parents better able to care for their children.

Much of our agenda targeting women and families can be initiated within existing budgets by making priority choices and budget reductions. Existing programs that prove ineffective or too costly should be scrapped and the revenue re-directed toward these efforts.

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Danbury Women’s Center Seeking Volunteers

Spring 2015 evening training classes begin March 23rd and meet weekly through late May at the Center from 5:30-9:00 p.m.

This 45.5-hour class certifies volunteers to perform domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention at the Women’s Center during business hours or from home when the Center is closed; it is a prerequisite for court advocates, counselor advocates, group facilitators and other advanced volunteer positions.

Limited space; all prospective Volunteers must apply by March 17th.

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Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT (RMACT) Opens New Facility

With a facility already located at 67 Sand Pit Rd. Suite 300 in Danbury, RMACT opened another state-of-the-art facility in Norwalk in February to expand their message of strength, hope and opportunity to more women of Western Connecticut.

As the newest IVF laboratory in New England, RMACT Norwalk is also the most advanced embryology lab in the country.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about state government please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience at: 1-800-842-1423

Best Regards,

Dan Carter

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CT State Representative Dan Carter

2nd General Assembly District
Representing Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, and Redding, CT

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