While there were a number of legislative retirements this year, most General Assembly incumbents are running for reelection—and their voting records offer critical insights into their policy positions.
CBIA annually assesses legislators based on their votes on key legislation impacting the economy and job growth.
While this year's legislative session was brought to a premature end by the coronavirus pandemic, more than 90% of legislators from the 2019 session are running for reelection this year.
CBIA measured legislative performances in the 2019 session from votes on 10 bills, including a number of workplace mandates that had an outsized impact on small businesses.
“We urge voters to do their homework and engage with their local candidates and help get people back working," says CBIA's Eric Gjede.
“Take the time to understand candidates’ policy positions and their support for policies that will help employers—particularly hard hit small businesses—navigate COVID-19 restrictions and lead the state’s recovery.
“Connecticut needs lawmakers who are focused on supporting our economic recovery, creating a positive climate for job growth and investment, and capitalizing on the state’s many strengths to bring opportunity to all residents.”
The records capture committee, Senate, and House votes.
If a lawmaker sponsored a bill and did not have an opportunity to vote on it, or abstained from a vote or was absent, that is also reflected in the records.
Bill sponsorship is weighed the same as a vote in calculating overall percentage scores.
While selected bills reflect just a fraction of all legislation addressed during the session, they were chosen because of their potential impact—positive or negative—on Connecticut's economic competitiveness and business climate.