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West Hartford Legislators to Host Town Hall to Discuss House Bill 5001

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Members of West Hartford’s legislative delegation have announced plans to host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 26 to discuss ‘An Act Concerning Resources and Support Services for Persons With an Intellectual or Developmental Disability.’


Chair of the Human Services Committee state Rep. Jillian Gilchrest (D-West Hartford), Rep. Bobby Gibson (D-Bloomfield, West Hartford), Rep. Kate Farrar (D-West Hartford, Newington), Rep. Tammy Exum (D-West Hartford, Avon), and state Sen. Derek Slap (D-West Hartford, Farmington, Burlington, Bloomfield) will host a town hall event to discuss House Bill #5001, “An Act Concerning Resources and Support Services for Persons With an Intellectual or Developmental Disability,” on Wednesday, April 26, from 6-7:30 p.m., at West Hartford Town Hall Conference Room, 50 South Main St., West Hartford.

“As chair of the Human Services Committee, I have been a strong supporter of this bill in the committee and will continue to work toward final approval,” Gilchrest said. “Making sure needed resources are directed to the most vulnerable in our society is one of my top priorities and I am pleased to join this effort with so many of my legislative colleagues. I look forward to a significant step forward this session for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.”

“This town hall is a valuable opportunity to hear from constituents and to discuss H.B. 5001. I’m proud to co-sponsor this bill because this legislation can support Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations with access to essential services,” said Farrar. “I’m looking forward to hearing from our community and encourage residents to continue to share their input as we work on this bill.”

“There is a broad bipartisan coalition of legislators in support of HB 5001, a bill that I proudly co-sponsored, which would improve the housing, transportation and workforce development services and address critical needs of the IDD community,” said Exum. “My colleagues and I are committed to finding solutions and alternatives and working to get this legislation to the finish line this session while making sure it is part of the conversation in our community.”

“People with disabilities face significant challenges in their lives, and it’s our job to find ways to help them. I’m glad we’ll have a chance to discuss House Bill 5001, which works to make significant improvements to state services with the intent of providing people with disabilities more opportunities and ensuring they can better receive the aid they need,” Slap said.

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