The following table illustrates how members of the Connecticut state Senate voted in 2021 on a series of key bills, either in committee or on the Senate floor.
If a lawmaker sponsored a bill and did not have an opportunity to vote on it, or abstained or was absent, that is also reflected in these records. Bill sponsorship is weighed the same as a vote in calculating legislators’ overall voting scores.
While these bills reflect just a fraction of all legislation addressed during the session, they were chosen as the framework for CBIA's 2021 legislative voting records based on their potential impact—positive or negative—on job growth and the state’s post-pandemic recovery.
CBIA’s Rebuilding Connecticut policy initiatives—supported by a broad, bipartisan group of legislators—feature in a number of the bills, with those recommendations designed to help businesses manage the high costs of navigating COVID-19 restrictions, create and retain jobs, and lead Connecticut’s economic recovery.2021SenateVotingRecords
2021 Voting Records: Key Bills
Restrictive Scheduling Mandate (SB 668): One of a series of costly mandates proposed by the legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee. Restricts how employers schedule work shifts, with significant financial penalties for changing schedules without at least seven days notice. Passed Labor Committee 9-4; Judiciary Committee 24-14; Senate 20-16; no action taken by House. CBIA Position: Opposed.
Employee Recall Mandate (SB 658): Requires employers to recall laid off employees—or a third party’s employee that was performing a service—solely based on seniority, ignoring other factors such as skill level, attendance, and disciplinary history. Passed Labor Committee 9-4; Judiciary Committee 24-14; Senate 19-17; House 75-70; signed by the governor. CBIA Position: Opposed.
Public-Private Partnerships (SB 920): Brings long-needed changes to Connecticut’s public-private partnership statute to better incentivize public-private creativity, efficiency, innovation, and capital to address the state’s infrastructure needs. Passed Transportation Committee 34-1; Appropriations Committee 34-17; Senate 25-10; House 107-38; signed by governor. CBIA Position: Supported.
Unemployment Compensation Reform (HB 6633): Makes historic reforms to the state's unemployment system, driven by broad collaboration between the business community, organized labor, the Lamont administration, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Passed Finance Committee 46-0; House 146-0; Senate 34-0; signed by governor. CBIA Position: Supported.
Workers’ Compensation Expansion (HB 6595): Makes costly changes to the state’s workers’ compensation statutes, awards supplemental paid sick leave benefits, and provides some workers with additional unemployment benefits. Passed Labor Committee 9-4; Appropriations Committee 32-14; Judiciary Committee 23-13; no action taken by House. CBIA Position: Opposed.
Manufacturing Jobs (HB 6435): Helps address Connecticut’s critical shortage of skilled manufacturing workers by extending the apprenticeship training tax credit to smaller manufacturers. Passed Commerce Committee 22-0; no action taken by House. CBIA Position: Supported.
Cybersecurity Standards (HB 6607): Provides further incentives for companies to invest in cybersecurity compliance and adopt nationally recognized standards. Passed Commerce Committee 22-1; Judiciary Committee 32-3; House 145-0; Senate 36-0; signed by governor. CBIA Position: Supported.
Workers’ Compensation Presumption (HB 6478): Creates a presumption that an employee who contracts COVID-19 during the period of the public health emergency contracted it in the workplace, exposing employers to hundreds of millions of dollars in workers’ compensation claims. Passed Labor Committee 9-4; Appropriations Committee 33-16; no action taken by House. CBIA Position: Opposed.
Truck Tax (HB 6688): Imposes a per-mile heavy vehicle tax ranging from 2.5 cents for trucks weighing 26,000-28,000 pounds to 17.5 cents for vehicles over 80,000 pounds. Passed the House 88-59; Senate 22-14; signed by governor. CBIA Position: Opposed.