2021 Legislative Lab

Are you ready to get involved in the Connecticut legislative process? Learn about food and farm related bills and how to make an impact.

Connecticut’s legislative session is in full swing, but how can Connecticut Food System Allies feel heard? Join CFSA and guest speakers on Thursday, April 29 from 4-6pm for a virtual event to discuss 4 bills in the general assembly pertaining to food and agriculture in Connecticut, and learn from each other about ways to get involved in the legislative process. This Legislative Lab will offer participants the opportunity to learn about Connecticut’s legislative process, talk to advocates and representatives involved in the food system, and workshop ideas to make public testimony and contacting legislators something everyone can achieve.

Our panelists will speak about the following bills:

Dr. Kristen Cooksey Stowers, UConn Department of Allied Health Sciences – HB 6229: An Act Addressing the Needs of Food-Insecure Students at Public Institutions of Higher Education

Bryan Hurlburt, Department of Agriculture Commissioner – HB 6385: An Act Concerning Enhancements to Certain Agricultural Programs

Joey Listro, Executive Director of New Britain ROOTS – HB 6618: An Act Concerning Funding Issues Related To Public Education In Connecticut (CT Grown for CT Kids)

Cindy Dubuque-Gallo, Doctoral Student, UConn School of Social Work – SB 36: An Act Concerning School Lunch Debt

After the panel discussion, participants will have the opportunity to analyze each bill in break out rooms. During these groups, participants can ask speakers more specific questions, further analyze each bill and its impact, and discuss ways in which food system allies can advocate for change. We hope to walk away from this lab with tools to make contacting legislators or submitting public comments at the local or state level more accessible to a wider audience.

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