Chamber Advocates for Your Business in Hartford

Chamber Advocates for Your Business in Hartford

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT’s Legislative Affairs Committee is your business’ connection to the state legislature.

Comprised of business leaders across the region and from from varied industries, the Legislative Affairs Committee meets frequently to discuss pressing legislative issues, connect with elected officials, and publish an annual compendium of business-friendly legislative goals.

With over 1,600 members, the Chamber is among the largest and most organized voices for business in the state. Our staff and lobbyist work tirelessly to promote the economic well-being of eastern CT businesses and communities. We serve the interests of our members by proactively lobbying legislators and demonstrating the ramifications, both positive and negative, of proposed legislation.

We recognize that the current fiscal climate poses tough challenges for much of our membership. To help build a more resilient economy, the Chamber supports the following highlighted initiatives. More can be found by browsing the 2019 Legislative Agenda at

  • A Third Connecticut Casino: we support efforts to establish a third casino through the MMCT Mohegan-Mashantucket Pequot tribal joint venture. We oppose any action that negatively impacts the state’s compact with its two federally recognized Native American tribes. 
  • Wages and Leave: we support strategic carve-outs, strong communication, and a delayed implementation schedule should legislation be passed for paid family and medical leave or an increased minimum wage.
  • Connecticut Welcome Centers: we support initiatives from the legislature to reestablish Welcome Centers along our highways to serve as a welcoming presence for tourists.
  • Tolling: we support implementation of state-of-the-art electronic tolling systems, with carve-outs for residents, in order to increase funding for transportation infrastructure improvements.
Find a list of the Chamber’s entire 2019 Legislative Agenda by visiting

Your business can stay involved with the activities of the Legislative Affairs Council. Chamber members can email to learn about proposed legislative initiatives or to find information on becoming a member of the Legislative Affairs Council. 

If you are advocating for a particular piece of legislation, submit written testimony to and we will coordinate the submission with the state legislature.

Visit or call (860) 701-9113 to learn more about our legislative, business, community, and tourism services.