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CT NOW ACTION ALERT: Testimony needed for pay equity bill public hearing happening Tues 1/31

pay-equity-logo-web_0Connecticut’s Labor Committee will conduct a public hearing on HB 5210 AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS PAY EQUITY AND FAIRNESS MATTERS this coming Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford, Room 2E.

Sponsored by Rep. Derek Slap and co-sponsored by Sen. Looney, the bill prohibits employers from asking for an individual’s salary history during pay negotiation, as well as prohibits employers from using pregnancy, family or medical leaves as reasons to not increase pay.

Visit this link to read the entire bill: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/TOB/h/pdf/2017HB-05210-R00-HB.pdf

Follow this link for the bill’s history:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2017&bill_num=5210

If you support this bill, your voice needs to be heard! Testimony can be:

  • Submitted in writing and given in person in Hartford on Tuesday
  • Submitted in writing via email


To submit testimony via email

Emailed-testimony should be sent to LABtestimony@cga.ct.gov in Word or PDF format no later than 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. If you’ve never submitted written testimony before, here are some general guidelines:

  • Address testimony to the committee you are submitting to.
  • State your name, address, identifying information if pertinent (such as job or organization you represent), and bill name and number.
  • Clearly express your opinion on the issue. Include what the legislation or policy would do and why you oppose or support it. Offer any solutions or alternatives.
  • Depending on the issue, you may wish to include a personal story, as well as relevant facts, expert opinions or statistics.

Ideal length is 1-2 pages of double-spaced, 12-point text, or roughly 500-800 words.


To submit testimony in person

At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, bring 10 copies of your written testimony to committee staff in room 3800 of the LOB. Testimony received after this designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing. Stick to the length recommended for emailed testimony, as noted above. The first hour of this hearing will be reserved for legislators, constitutional officers, state agency heads and chief elected municipal officials. Speakers at the public hearing that follows will be limited to three minutes of testimony.  The committee encourages “witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement.  Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the committee.”

Remember that all public hearing testimony, written and spoken, becomes public information. It will be made available on the Connecticut General Assembly website and indexed by internet search engines.

If you’ve never submitted testimony to a Legislative committee before, here are some resources:

Please let CT NOW know if you submit to, or speak at, this hearing! We’d love the opportunity to share excerpts of your testimony here on our blog or through social media.

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