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Bipartisan Sober Home Bill Clears House

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HARTFORD – State Representatives Jay Case (R-63) and Brian Ohler (R-64) supported a bipartisan provision that will help clarify the operations of Sober Homes in the Northwest Corner and across the state by creating a certified registry. The legislation was passed by the House by a vote of 148-1, and now heads to the Senate Floor for further action.

Rep. Case said, “We are following the model of our neighbors in Massachusetts to address the opioid crisis. Those living in Sober Homes deserve to be in a clean environment. This legislation allows operators of Sober Homes to report the sober living home’s certified status to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). The department will electronically post information about sober living homes that have reported their certified status, creating a database of legally functioning facilities.”

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Case Welcome Special Olympics Athletes to Capitol

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HARTFORD – State Representative Jay Case facilitated a send-off rally for Special Olympics athletes that will be competing in the USA Games hosted by Seattle, Washington, in July. Case was joined by several members of the legislature to provide words of encouragement to the men and women that will be representing Connecticut in the national competition. Rep. Case said, “I know that our athletes will do a great job out in Seattle later on this summer. I commend them on their accomplishments to this point and I have a feeling that they will exceed our expectations when they return home with lots of medals. I wish them all the best of luck!”

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Case, Ohler Oppose Costly Judicial Nominations

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HARTFORD – State Representatives Jay Case (R-63) and Brian Ohler (R-64) opposed 30 judicial nominations that came before the House of Representatives on Monday, April 30th. Judicial nominations are initiated through the Governor’s Office and must be confirmed by the state legislature.

Rep. Case said, “We still do not have a budget and the session closes in 9 days. While many of the judges that came before the House of Representatives today have outstanding credentials to serve within the state’s Judicial Branch, the resources are not available to cover the increased costs associated with adding this many new judges. We should be discussing a budget that overcomes the $321 million deficit the state is currently running before we can create new positions that require significant resources.”

It was not made clear where additional funds will come from to cover the costs of the new appointments.

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