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New Laws – Budget Update

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Dear Neighbors,

As of yesterday, October 1st, 140 new laws went into effect. The new laws cover a wide range of topics and may have an impact on your day-to-day life or business.

Below is a highlight of some of the new laws.

Animal Shelter Registration

I am proud to have championed this legislation that will require a person who wants to operate or maintain an animal shelter in Connecticut to register with the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) commissioner and comply with DoAg’s regulations on sanitation, disease, humane treatment of cats and dogs, and public safety protection. In addition, this law authorizes the commissioner, or his agent, to inspect an animal shelter at any time.

New Opioid Laws

We are taking steps to prevent and treat opioid abuse. Under this bill, it allows patients to ask that opioids not be prescribed to them and reduces the amount of opioid drugs a minor may be prescribed. It also requires practitioners, when prescribing opioids, to discuss with all patients, rather than only minors, the risks associated with opioid drug use. Click here to read more.

Small Business Hotline

This act requires the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) commissioner to establish and operate a hotline that provides individualized information and guidance to entrepreneurs and small business owners on how to start and develop a business, identify networking resources, and access technical and financial assistance from the state and quasi-public agencies.

Child Seat Law

All children under the age of 2 will be required to travel in a rear-facing car seat. This legislation also requires children to ride in booster seats until the age of 8.

Click here for a full list of the new laws.

In case you missed it, last week Governor Dan Malloy vetoed the bipartisan budget that passed both the House and the Senate last month. The governor’s executive order, which eliminates educational funding to 85 communities, will now move forward.

We will have a chance to override the governor’s decision during a veto session tomorrow and restore the bipartisan budget. I am urging my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to override the governor’s veto.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at Nicole.Klarides-Ditria@housegop.ct.gov.

Sincerely,

State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria

Rep. Klarides-Ditria Reacts to Governor’s Budget Veto

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HARTFORD- State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria released the following statement regarding Governor Dan Malloy’s veto of the bipartisan budget that passed the House and Senate on September 16th.

“The governor didn’t veto a Republican budget or Democrat budget, he vetoed a bipartisan budget that would have protected our communities from his draconian cuts,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “We cannot let education funding to 85 communities be zeroed out or see services for those that need it the most be slashed. Our budget plan is a solid plan for the future of Connecticut. Let’s save our communities and get back to Hartford to override the governor’s veto.”

State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria represents the 105th General Assembly District, which covers Beacon Falls, Seymour, and part of Derby.

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House and Senate Pass Republican No-Tax-Increase Budget

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Hartford – Early Saturday, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) and Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-105) joined together with a bipartisan coalition of House and Senate colleagues to approve a two-year state budget proposal with no new taxes that would put a stop to the governor’s draconian executive order cuts, and restores funding to core social services. The House of Representatives passed the bipartisan budget by a vote of 77 -73.

“This is the first step toward getting the state back on sane fiscal footing and putting Connecticut back on the road to solvency,” Klarides said. “We owe it to the state of Connecticut to act and have the Governor sign this bipartisan legislation.”

“Our bipartisan budget solution doesn’t take the easy way out or repeat budget mistakes of the past,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “We made bold structural changes and made sure to reform and reshape the size of state government. A veto by the governor will jeopardize our children’s education, raise local property taxes, and keep Connecticut going down the wrong fiscal path. Signing our budget is the right thing to do for the taxpayers of Connecticut.”

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