Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that can. -- Margaret Mead
Gallo & Robinson, LLC has a strong reputation for playing a major role in successful lobbying campaigns around controversial and high-profile issues. We also have helped to secure millions of dollars in state funding for our clients. We work with clients whose mission we support and that belief in a cause has made us fierce advocates and successful.
Some of issues which Gallo & Robinson, LLC has played a major role include:
- Prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and against people who are transgender.
- Protected reproductive rights, which is the most comprehensive law in the nation.
- Allowed same-sex couples to adopt a child. (Connecticut is the only state to pass such legislation without a court intervention).
- Connecticut was the first state to adopt civil union legislation without court intervention.
- Adoption of a hate crimes law and expansion of such law to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
- Passage of legislation implementing the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same sex marriages.
- Banned the use of conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ youth and “Gay and Transgender Panic” as a defense in criminal court
- Permitted students experiencing homelessness to immediately enroll in a school.
- Abolition of the death penalty.
- Decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana and legalization of medical marijuana.
- Passage of the strongest anti-gun violence laws in the nation (state permit required to purchase firearms, assault weapon ban, safe storage of firearms in the home and vehicle, ban on extended magazines, bump stocks, and ghost guns).
- First in the nation to both collect prosecutor data and the monitor jailhouse witness info.
- Increased police accountability by requiring use of force reporting and changes the way law enforcement and prosecutors release body camera information after a serious use-of-force incident.
- Elimination of the disparity between crack and power cocaine.
- Removed the arbitrary deadline for people to get a new trial based on new evidence.
- Banned solitary confinement for juvenile prisoners.
- Prohibited covered employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s criminal history on an initial employment application.
Appropriations and Bonding
- Passage of dedicated court fees and increased appropriations for legal services program in CT
- $50 million for Mental Health Strategy Board to provide community services for people with psychiatric disabilities
- Increased State funding for American School for the Deaf, Magnet Schools and Centers of Independent Living
- Passage of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund of $100 million
- State Funding for Legal Services Programs
- Bonding for various clients including over $30 million for American School for the Deaf, $6.9 million for the Barnum Museum, $1.85 million for the Discovery Museum, $1.2 million for improvements to Sterling House Community Center, $5 million for West Hartford Housing Authority, and $3.5 million for a homeless shelter in New Haven.
- Creation of a State-funded LGTBQ+ Health and Human Services Network.
- Passage and protection of the State’s Foreclosure Mediation Program.
- Creation of Connecticut’s Paid Family Medical Leave Program.
- Restoration of cuts to State Medicaid Program.
- Passed funding for thousands of units of Supportive Housing.
Health Care Advocacy
- Creation of a Master of Social Work license and protection of the title of Social Worker.
- Licensing of health care professions including Nurse Midwives, Social Workers, Behavioral Analysts and Respiratory Therapists and certification of Community Health Workers.
- Prescription authority for Nurse Midwives.
- Third Party reimbursement for Occupational Therapists and Social Workers.
- Require insurance coverage for important health care needs including wigs for cancer patients, coverage of hearing aids for children.
- Increased coverage by Medicaid of working parents with income up to 150% of poverty.
- Transparency of staffing ratios in nursing homes.
- Raised the sales age of tobacco products to 21.
- Allow minors access to HIV prevention medication without parental consent.
- Increased access to NARCAN for opiate addiction.
- Required Connecticut insurance providers submit annual reports detailing their coverage of mental health and substance abuse services
- Creation of the first ever state-run needle exchange program.
- Establishment and funding for CT AIDS Drug Assistance Program and CT Insurance Premium Assistance Program.
Gallo & Robinson, LLC helps organizations to build and foster strong grassroots advocacy networks for clients ensuring that decision makers hear from constituents who care about the clients’ issues. We offer to clients a database and action alert network using the services of CongressWeb. The database, action alert network and webpage development helps clients to keep members, helps recruit members, makes it easy for members to contact their legislators on important issues and creates a highly effective grassroots lobbying network.