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Major Public Acts – 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin


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Here you can find the 2018 Major Public Acts report from the Office of Legislative Research. This document contains legislative highlights from 15 categories:

  • Banking
  • Bonding
  • Budget Revisions
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • Education
  • Energy and Environment
  • Government Administration and Elections
  • Insurance and Real Estate
  • Labor and Economic Development
  • Municipalities
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Taxes
  • Transportation
  • Veterans

The public and special acts listed in the document are the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly during the 2018 session.

Seven bills were vetoed by the governor this year. Despite an attempt by legislative Republicans to override these vetoes, all were sustained due to a lack of support for majority legislators. Here you can find a list of bills vetoed following the 2018 Session.

As always, Rep. Sampson may be contacted at any time to discuss legislation or any other state issue at mike.bocchino@housegop.ct.gov or toll free at (800) 842-1423.

Rep. Bocchino Criticizes Senate Democrats for Upholding Malloy Veto

Posted on June 26, 2018 by admin


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Vetoed Bill Would Have Protected Educational Aid to Greenwich

HARTFORD – State Representative Mike Bocchino (R-Greenwich) praised the House’s decision to override Governor Malloy’s veto of Public Act (PA) 18-35, An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Rescissions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year. The bill was taken up in the Senate, but did not secure the necessary votes to override the veto.

“I think today’s veto session was a waste of time for the taxpayers of this state because while the House did its job by overriding this misguided veto, many Senate Democrats voted to uphold the governor’s decision,” Rep. Bocchino said. “Education is one area where politics must absolutely be left aside for the sake of our children. This bill would have given our local school boards much needed budgetary relief during a very unpredictable time for our state. It was wrong for Governor Malloy and the majority Democrats who voted against this override to put their political interests ahead of our education system.”

Following the passage of the compromise budget in October, Governor Malloy used an executive order to cut funding mid-year to several towns across the state, including Greenwich. P.A. 18-35, had the veto been overridden, would have prohibited future governors from making rescissions to a school board’s education cost sharing grant during the fiscal year. Towns have asked for more predictability and sustainability from the legislature, which resulted in this bill.

Despite the bill’s unanimous passage in the Senate and overwhelming support in the House (117-31), the governor vetoed P.A. 18-35 earlier this month. While every Republican in the House and Senate voted in favor of the override, several Democrats in both chambers voted to uphold the veto. In the Senate, where the bill initially passed unanimously on May 9th, ten Democrats changed their position during the veto session. Ultimately, the nays were able to prevent a two-thirds majority, effectively killing the bill.

The House overrode the veto on P.A. 18-35 by a vote of 103-33, while the Senate voted 19-10, sustaining the veto. In order to override a veto by the governor both the Connecticut House of Representatives and Senate must re-pass the bill with a two-thirds majority, which equates to 101 members of the House and 24 members of the Senate.

 

Light at the End of the Sound Beach Rail Road Project

Posted on June 15, 2018 by admin


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“And since all this loveliness cannot be heaven, it must be June!”Abba Gould Woolson

As State Representative of the 150th district I promised to keep my constituents updated regularly on state projects that involve our community, one of which is the Sound Beach Rail Road (SBRR) station upgrade.  On Tuesday June 5, 2018 I had my quarterly meeting (upon my request) with the CTDOT and Contractors overseeing the project.  Many residents had reached out to my office over the winter months upset about the lack of work and progress being made.  Partial explanation, one that produced many frustrations over the past 4 to 5 months, is that any and all maintenance by Metro North Railroad (MNR) to address safety concerns has immediate priority over all new construction such as the SBRR project.  In January 2018, MNR safety maintenance was projected to last 5 months and be completed by the end of May 2018.  Due to unforeseen circumstances detected in inspections the outage for MNR maintenance was extended to the end of July delaying much of the work on the SBRR project.  While this has been and continues to be somewhat of an inconvenience, the last thing we want are unsafe rails for our trains, and most importantly, our neighbors who ride the rails.

I am pleased to share that the project is on track to be completed by December 31, 2018. The majority, about 90%, of the construction is currently being completed in the night time hours. Unfortunately, there was an issue with the hand rails on the south side of the station.  Although both stairwells appear to be completed, they remain closed due to a small section of installed rail that does not meet the required CT State safety standards for hand rails.  This will be addressed in the coming weeks.  Moving forward, a permanent sidewalk will be installed on the south side of the station from the upper parking lot leading down to Sound Beach Avenue providing safe passage for commuters.  The remaining center column on Sound Beach Avenue under the bridge is expected to be removed by late September / early October 2018.  Final paving and curbing will be completed in the spring of 2019 when the asphalt and concrete plants reopen.

In an effort to continue to communicate as much information as possible, here is a brief update on other work anticipated over the coming months.

–           The steel for the bridges at Track 1 have been installed

–           Anticipating (4-5) weeks of night work to backfill at bridge abutments

–           Anticipating return of Track 1 to service around end of July / beginning of August

–           Currently working on lower parking improvements (Granite curb, pavement widening)

–           Currently working on upper parking lot (installing New Bike Rack and Sidewalk)

–           Installation of grass shelf in front of retaining wall (behind granite curb) as planned and recently confirmed by town

–           Planning to stain retaining wall to soften feel of the wall once product is approved

–           Latest schedule shows bridge work completed this year 2018 with roadway work completed in April and May 2019

For updated information regarding this project visit www.oldgreenwichrrstationbridgerehab.com

I hope you find this information useful and as always if I can be of service in anyway please do not hesitate to contact me at mikebocchino@housegop.ct.gov. In closing I would like to wish everyone a wonderful, safe and relaxing summer.

Mike Bocchino, CT State Representative 150th District

7 Tingue St, Greenwich CT. 06830 203-561-4899