State Senator Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington) took part yesterday in the opening of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2013 Legislative Session at the State Capitol.
He and his colleagues in the Senate were sworn in before joining members of the House for a Joint Session during which Governor Malloy gave his “State of the State” address. Senator Maynard praised the Governor’s emphasis on job creation and economic development.
“Every session we must make it our priority to protect small business and act as a catalyst for growth,” said Senator Maynard. “The initiatives we have undertaken in the last two legislative sessions have helped businesses create at least 35 jobs and retain more than 60 in the 18th Senatorial District alone. This is proof positive that state investment in small businesses can spark growth.”
The Governor began his speech by addressing the recent school shooting in Newtown, and Senator Maynard agreed that gun violence and mental health issues would be chief priorities for legislators in the new session.
“We were all sobered by the events which took place in Newtown, and I am committed to doing what is necessary to ensure that our communities are safer,” said Senator Maynard. “This is not a partisan issue, and I look forward to working across the aisle with both parties joining in this great effort.”
Overall, Senator Maynard said he had great hope for the next session. “We will be very busy this year. I am very much looking forward to addressing gun violence and mental health issues, helping to get Connecticut’s economy back on the right track, and working across the aisle to find common sense solutions to the problems we face. I am thrilled to be back and I am ready to work.”