LEGISLATOR REPORT CARD

Cohen, Christine

Cohen, Christine

12th District (D)

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Towns Represented
Branford, Durham (p), Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, North Branford

Committees
Environment (Chair); Commerce (Vice Chair); Aging; Finance, Revenue and Bonding; Committee on Children

Legislator Score
2019-2020: 86%
2021-2022 95%

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 in Childrens Committee 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 in the Childrens Committee.

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 Minority Teacher Recruitment SB 1034

Favorable vote indicates support for increased funding and procedures to promote the recruitment and retention of educators of color.

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 Divisive Concepts Amendment SB 1073 - Sen. Amendment B

Favorable vote indicates opposition to a Senate amendment which sought to prohibit the teaching of "divisive concepts" like race and gender.

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 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.