Latino Legislators Say Some Gains This Legislative Session

Screen shot 2014-05-12 at 3.03.29 PMLatino members of the General Assembly praised the accomplishments of this year’s session and reflected on the work that still needs to be done.

The session saw bills passed that addressed issues in education, labor law, the family court system, and several others. While Latino legislators represent a diverse group of individuals in varying communities, there was an overall consensus that improvements were made for their Latino and general constituency.

“As chair of the Legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus, I am fortunate to have a strong group of lawmakers who work together to support each other and move our agenda forward,” said Rep. Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven. “In the spirit of our heritage and by virtue of our cultural similarities, we share a genuine concern for the improvement and well-being of our community and we can come together to support causes that affect our constituents with respect, commitment and an open mind.”

Among the key bills Latino legislators worked on and passed, is  Senate Bill 494, which makes changes to Connecticut’s family court system in regards to guardians ad litem [GALs] who are appointed by courts for minor children. The bill allows more input for parents or guardians to choose guardians ad litem only after determining that parties cannot come to an agreement. It also orders a detailed scope of work to be performed and sets deadlines under which GALs must report to the court.

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