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  1. Newtown's Esty Moves To Fund Efforts To Combat Opioid Epidemic

    Newtown's Esty Moves To Fund Efforts To Combat Opioid Epidemic

    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) offered a motion on the House floor Friday instructing Congress to prioritize addiction prevention, treatment and recovery in upcoming opioid-addiction legislation. Esty demanded that the House and Senate provide funding for efforts to combat the opioid addiction crisis as the two chambers revise opioid-related bills ...

  2. Bethel Marine Corps Veteran Honored At State Capitol

    Bethel Marine Corps Veteran Honored At State Capitol

    DANBURY, Conn. -- State Rep. Richard A. Smith (R-108) recently introduced four veterans from the greater Danbury area to the state House of Representatives. Those recognized included Bethel's Dan Giata of the Marine Corps, Joe Schirmer of the Army and Tom Cummings of the Navy. Additionally, Louis Russo, a World War II veteran, was credited for his service in the Pacific Theater of ...

  3. Connecticut Gas Prices Keep Rising, Even As National Costs Dip

    Connecticut Gas Prices Keep Rising, Even As National Costs Dip

    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- For the ninth consecutive week, Connecticut average gas prices are up – this week a penny – but they remain well below last year’s average, according to AAA Northeast. A gallon of regular gas in the Nutmeg State today averages $2.35, up 1 cent compared to last week. Compared to last year, however, average prices are still 47 cents lower, AAA Northeast reports. ...

  4. Newtown Rep. Sredzinski Backs Elimination Of Wasteful Use Of Troopers

    Newtown Rep. Sredzinski Backs Elimination Of Wasteful Use Of Troopers

    HARTFORD, Conn. -- State Rep. J.P. Sredzinski (R-112) voted on Friday in support of legislation that will eliminate the requirement that state troopers deliver notice of a special session of the General Assembly in-hand to state legislators. “It is wasteful in this day and age to spend state troopers’ valuable time on a task that can easily be completed with technology,” said ...

  5. Bethel Rep. Harding Applauds Bill to Increase Crosswalk Safety

    Bethel Rep. Harding Applauds Bill to Increase Crosswalk Safety

    HARTFORD, Conn. -- State Rep. Stephen Harding (R-107) is hailing the House’s recent passage of legislation that would increase penalties for failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and failure to exercise due care to avoid hitting a pedestrian or cyclist. House Bill 5403, which passed with 144 affirmative votes, now awaits action in the Senate. The legislation was co-sponsored by ...

  6. Newtown Rep. Sredzinski Aims To Simplify Oath-Taking Process

    Newtown Rep. Sredzinski Aims To Simplify Oath-Taking Process

    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- A bill proposed by state Rep. J.P. Sredzinski (R-Monroe, Newtown) that aims to make the loyalty oath taking process for individuals associated with civil preparedness organizations more efficient has cleared the state House of Representatives with almost unanimous bipartisan support. The legislation reduces the burden of having to take  the loyalty oath from annually ...

  7. Bethel Rep. Harding Votes For Entrepreneur Learner’s Permit Program

    Bethel Rep. Harding Votes For Entrepreneur Learner’s Permit Program

    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- State Rep. Stephen Harding (R-107), a member of the Legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee, recently voted in support of an initiative he co-sponsored to encourage and assist first-time entrepreneurs in information technology, biotechnology and green technology by reimbursing them for state fees associated with forming a business. Senate Bill 303 will ...

  8. Newtown Legislators Support New Republican State Budget Plan

    Newtown Legislators Support New Republican State Budget Plan

    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- State Reps. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), J.P. Sredzinski (R-112), Dan Carter (R-2) and State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) stood Monday with their Republican colleagues in the General Assembly and proposed a budget plan that will close the $935.7 million deficit for fiscal year 2017.The Republican’s Pathway to Sustainability plan includes no tax increases, and protects funding for ...

  9. Blumenthal, Murphy Push Bill To Curb Multistate Taxes On Telecommuters

    Blumenthal, Murphy Push Bill To Curb Multistate Taxes On Telecommuters

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) have introduced a bill to prevent the over-taxation of individuals who telework in one state for companies located in another. U.S. Reps. Jim Himes (CT-04), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) and Chellie Pingree (ME-01) have introduced companion legislation in the House. The legislation has ...

  10. Bethel Rep. Boucher Slams Malloy's Zero Education Funding Proposal

    Bethel Rep. Boucher Slams Malloy's Zero Education Funding Proposal

    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- In a statement released on Friday, State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) has issued a scathing indictment of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget, which would eliminate $68.9 million in funding for K-12 students throughout the state. Referring to the cuts’ impact in Fairfield County as “dramatic and draconian,” Boucher says suburban school districts are unfairly ...

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