The Connecticut legislature has passed a bill that declares racism a public health crisis, and now the bill only needs Democrat Governor Ned Lamont to sign it to become law.
After passing in the state Senate, the bill passed 114-33 in the House. The bill, which is devoted to health issues, states, “It is hereby declared the policy of the state of Connecticut to recognize that racism is a public health crisis. There is established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine racial disparities in public health. The Commission shall study institutional racism in the state’s laws an regulations impacting public health.”
GOP Rep. Kimberly Fiorello blasted the bill, saying:
I’m very concerned about this bill that comes out straightforwardly saying that all of us – everyone here, our whole state – has to accept as fact that racism, which is to judge people by their skin color, by their ethnicity, that that is blatantly happening everywhere in public health in this state.