LEGISLATOR REPORT CARD

Hennessy, Jack

Hennessy, Jack

127th District (D)

Assistant Majority Leader

Towns Represented
Bridgeport (p)

Committees
Environment; Finance, Revenue and Bonding; Planning and Development

Legislator Score
2017-2018: 77.32%
2019-2020: 86%
2021-2022 93%

Voting Record

Year Vote Name Score
2022 Retired Teachers' Health Insurance Subsidy in Finance Committee SB 442

Favorable vote indicates support for increasing the retired teachers' healthcare subsidy from $110 to $220/month for individuals, and $220 to $440/month for married couples.

2022 Indoor Air Quality in Finance Committee HB 5476

Favorable vote indicates support for allowing school construction bond funds to be used for school HVAC upgrades.

2022 Student Mental & Behavioral Health SB 2

Favorable vote indicates support for legislation addressing childhood depression, anxiety, and developmental delays through the expansion of support services, and critical preschool and mental & behavioral health services for children.

2022 2022 Budget SB 5506

Favorable vote indicates support for mid-term budget adjustments, including fully funding ECS, establishing a school Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) monitoring program, authorizing $150 million for school HVAC & IAQ, and doubling the retired teachers' healthcare subsidy.

2022 Building Successful School Communities SB 5001

Favorable vote indicates support for increased teacher voice in behavioral interventions and requiring districts to complete student trauma needs-assessments to help identify needed resources.

2022 Building Successful School Communities SB 1

Favorable vote indicates support for critical mental and physical health services in schools, minimum staffing ratios for certified support staff, a task force on teacher recruitment and retention, prohibiting dual instruction, and guaranteeing 30 minutes per day of duty-free lunch.

2021 Housing Vouchers for Open Choice Students HB 6436

Favorable vote indicates support for the expansion of the Open Choice program and a pilot program to provide families of Open Choice students with housing vouchers to live in the town where the student is enrolled.

2021 Teachers' Retirment System SB 1081

Favorable vote indicates support for increasing the amount the retirees' cost of living adustments (COLAs) can be increased based on the revised rate of return for the pension fund.

2021 2021 Implementer SB 1202

Favorable vote indicates support for a bill that expanded social-emotional resources, increased the retired teacher pension income tax exemption to 50% , created a statewide model curriculum, established a Connecticut Remote Learning Commission, and prmoted the recruitment of educators of color.

2021 2021 Budget HB 6689

Favorable vote indicates support for the budget which increased ECS funds and held districts with declining enrollments harmless.

2021 Virtual Learning & SEL Enhancements HB 6621

Favorable vote indicates support for SEL supports for students, and task forces inclusive of educators to review slpecial education funding and virtual earning.

2021 JANUS SB 908

Favorable vote indicates support for legislation that safeguarded CEA member rights and unhindered access to union representations in response to the JANUS Supreme Court decision.

2019 JANUS HB 6935

Favorable vote indicates support for union access to workplaces and the right to organize.

2019 2019 Budget HB 7424

Favorable vote indicates support for the budget which increased ECS funds, excluded a proposal to shift the teacher pension costs to municipalities, and restructured the unfunded liability of the Teachers' Retirement Fund.

2019 Minority Teacher Recruitment SB 1022

Favorable vote indicates support for SDE's development and implementation of strategies and use of existing resources to hire and employ minority teachers.

2019 Black and Latino Studies HB 7082

Favorable vote indicates support for the inclusion of Black and Latino studies in the public school curriculum.

2019 School Climate HB 7215

Favorable vote indicates support for the development of a statewide school climate survey,addressing social-emotional learning, and taking steps to make schools safer by expanding the definition of bullying to acts causing physical or emotional harm on any individual in a school, including staff.

2019 School Play HB 7250

Favorable vote indicates support for inclusion of additional time for undirected play in the school day.

2019 School Counselors SB 956

Favorable vote indicates support for the development of guidelines for a comprehensive school counseling program for all students.

2019 Cultural Responsiveness SB 1020

Favorable vote indicates support for the inclusion of cultural responsiveness in training and professional development provided to teachers.

2019 IEP Retaliation HB 7353

Favorable vote indicates support for establishing protections to ensure educators who make recommendations in IEP's and PPT's are not retaliated against.

2018 Classroom Safety SB 453

Favorable vote indicates support for a bill providing greater teacher input and access to resources to address incidents where a student causes physical harm to others in the classroom. (Passed; Vetoed)

2018 Elimination of the 1% Teacher Payroll Tax HB 5430

Favorable vote indicated opposition to this tax, which would have removed health care from collective bargaining for state workers, setting a precedent that could reach other public employees such as teachers.

2018 Prohibition of Governor's Recissions HB 5171

Favorable vote indicates support of a bill that would prevent the governor from unilaterall1 making mid-year reductions to the education cost sharing grant for cities and towns without legislative approval. (Passed; Vetoed)

2018 Veto Override of Prohibition of Governor's Recissions HB 5171

Favorable vote supported a procedural action to permit a future vote to override the governor's veto of the Classroom Safety Bill.

2018 Displaced Students from Puerto Rico SB 456

Favorable vote supported legislation providing resources to school districts enrolling students displaced by hurricane Maria. Additional funds in the budget also supported this effort.

2018 2018 Budget Bill HB 543

Favorable vote rejected governor's proposal to reduce ECS by $63m and Magnet School funding by $18.5m from FY19 enacted amounts. It restored $8.5m funding to teacher retiree health and $1.5m to TEAM.

2018 2018 Budget Bill Amendment HB 543 LCO 5967

Favorable vote indicated opposition to this amendment, which would have removed health care from collective bargaining for state workers, setting a precedent that could reach other public employees such as teachers.

2018 DREAMERS SB 4

Favorable vote indicates support for a bill that allows undocumented graduates of high schools in Connecticut aka ("Dreamers") be eligible for tuition assistance at public colleges and universities in the state.

2018 DREAMERS SB 4

Favorable vote indicates support for a bill that allows undocumented graduates of high schools in Connecticut aka ("Dreamers") be eligible for tuition assistance at public colleges and universities in the state.

2017 October Budget and ECS SB 1502

Favorable vote prevented deeper ECS cuts proposed by the governor and staved off efforts to undermine collective bargaining. Opposition (passed SB 1502)

2017 Teacher Pension Increase SB 1502

Favorable vote indicates opposition to increasing teachers contrubution to the TRF from 6% to 7%. (SB 1502)

2017 September Budget HB 7501

Favorable vote indicates opposition to provisions of this bill that: Increased Teacher Pension contribution to 8%; redistributed ECS to the detriment of needier districts; limited state employee collective bargaining; and undermined municipal collective bargaining. (Passed HB 7501; vetoed)

2017 SEBAC HR 202

Favorable vote indicated support of state employee collective bargaining. Opposition sought to undermine the collective bargaining process. (Passed; HR 202 & SR 51)