Accomplishments

Senator Maroney Achievements in the Senate

Senator Maroney’s bill helps provide student loan payment relief

Senator Maroney is proud to have co-sponsored and developed Senate Bill No. 72. It provides a tax credit to employers who make payments on any of their employees’ student loans from the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority. The bill was passed against the backdrop of Connecticut’s student loan debt ballooning from $8 billion to $17 billion between 2008 and 2017. This legislation encourages people to take advantage of Connecticut’s outstanding colleges and universities and then remain part of the Connecticut economy and workforce.

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Senator Maroney supports our veterans

Senator Maroney is dedicated to using his position as chair of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee to support the brave Americans who served in our military. He authored the bill establishing the Military to Machinist Program, which he ensured passed both the Connecticut House and Senate with unanimous approval, before Gov. Lamont signed it into law last August. The bill helps veterans gain the skills needed to secure employment in advanced manufacturing and similar jobs, not only helping veterans in making the transition out of the military but also bolstering Connecticut’s manufacturing industry.

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Help for small businesses

When Senator Maroney returned to Hartford as a Senator in 2019, he brought with him nearly two decades of experience as a business owner. His first-hand knowledge of Connecticut’s economic landscape made his authoring of “An Act Concerning Opportunity Zones” a legislative priority. The bill, which Senator Maroney introduced just two weeks into term, worked to increase long-term economic investment across the state and expedite the permitting process for new projects within the state’s opportunity zones. It passed the Senate with unanimous support and was signed into law in June of 2019.

Senator Maroney’s impact on education

Senator Maroney once again shepherded legislation garnering unanimous approval into law when he led debate on Senate Bill No. 957, “An Act Concerning Computer Science Instruction in Public Schools.” This forward thinking law established computer science education as a required subject for all Connecticut schools. It made Connecticut the first state in the country to require that teacher preparation programs offer instruction in how to teach programming and coding while also establishing a specific certification program for computer science teachers.

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Senator Maroney Supports Seniors

Senator Maroney also chairs the Aging Committee, where he oversaw the development of Senate Bill No. 832, which created an elder abuse registry for Connecticut.  The registry—which established a public database of known offenders who have been convicted of assault or any form of abuse—will help ensure that the elderly population and disabled adults are cared for and adequately protected from harm.

Beyond helping create the elder abuse registry, Senator Maroney used his position on the Aging Committee to oversee the passage of “An Act Concerning Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Training and Best Practices.”  This act ensures that all healthcare professionals treating adults have proper training to recognize the signs of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  The bill also lays the groundwork for creating programs to care for Connecticut residents living with Alzheimer’s.  The bill was passed with unanimous approval from both chambers of the General Assembly.

Senator Maroney Takes Action Against Sexual Harassment

One of Senator Maroney’s proudest actions since being elected was voting to pass the “Time’s Up” bill, which increased certain sexual harassment penalties, extended the time limits for filing sexual assault lawsuits, allowed more time for the criminal prosecution of sexual assault, and required more employer-sponsored sexual harassment training.  In particular, it fully eliminated any statute of limitations in all cases of sexual assault against a minor, giving such victims of assault a chance to secure the justice and healing to which they are entitled.

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Senator Maroney’s impact in the State House of Representatives

Founders Walk

    • As a State Representative, James came up with the concept for Founders’ Walk and was able to secure state funding for the project.  He then chaired the steering committee, and oversaw construction on the project.  He was recognized the Milford Chamber of Commerce for his efforts on this project.

Read about his award here.

Downtown Milford Parking

James worked closely with Mayor Blake to help secure $5 Million in state funding to purchase additional parking for downtown Milford.

You can read about his efforts here.

Downtown Milford Railroad Bridge

James worked closely with the DOT so that Milford could be the first town in a pilot program that was allowed to decorate the downtown railroad trestle.

You can read about his efforts here.

Apprenticeships

In May of 2014, James brought forth on the floor of the House of Representatives and debated  House Bill 5434, that became Special Act 14-19.   The bill promoted a partnership between technical high schools and community colleges. The law required the regional community-technical college system to collaborate and develop a cooperative agreement with the technical high school system. The agreement included allowing each community college and its neighboring technical high school to share space, equipment, material, or instructors and permitted high school students to earn college credit from the community college.  This bill passed unanimously through both the House and Senate, and garnered support of many colleagues, who joined as co-sponsors of the legislation.

Robert J. Thompson Fellow

In 2013 James was one of 30 officials from the east coast chosen to attend the selective Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy.  This program of the Council of State Governments provided James the opportunity to study with and learn from some of the top policy makers on the east coast.

Connecticut State Planning Commission for Higher Education

Due to his distinguished service on the Higher Education Committee, James was asked to serve as a member of the Connecticut Planning Commission for Higher Education, which was tasked with developing a strategic plan for higher education in Connecticut.  In addition, James served as the co-chair of the Student Financial Aid Working Group.  Based on the work of the this group, substantial revisions were made to the Governor’s Scholarship program in 2016.

Senator Maroney’s Community Involvement

Milford Education Foundation

James is a co-founder and past president of the Milford Education Member.  He started and chaired their successful Chair-ity Auction and Evening Under the Stars fundraisers, which have raised tens of thousands of dollars for local education.  He has been an integral part of a volunteer organization that has positively impacted thousands of local students.

Devon Rotary

James is a past president and current Scholarship Chair of the Devon Rotary.  He has run the organizations scholarships and Service Above Self Student Awards ceremonies for over a decade.  In that time, the Devon Rotary has grown to one of the largest scholarship organizations in the city, awarding over $20,000 a year in scholarships to local students.