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Major Public Acts – 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin

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 or toll free at (800) 842-1423.

Rep. Camillo Criticizes Senate Democrats for Upholding Malloy Veto

Posted on June 26, 2018 by admin

Vetoed Bill Would Have Protected Educational Aid to Greenwich

HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Camillo (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.

“Today, the Senate Democrats caved to special interests and to Governor Malloy by choosing not to override any of the bills the governor vetoed, especially the education cost sharing bill,” Rep. Camillo said. “Despite initial strong support during the regular session, many Democratic legislators chose politics over policy, and in the process, have left our schools in a tough spot. They also turned their backs on the people of this state who were very supportive of this bill, and many others that were vetoed this year. It is disheartening that we have been forced to go back and resubmit these legislative proposals again next year, but this is part of the legislative process – one we must accept and work even harder to prevent in the future. I thank my House Democratic colleagues who voted with us on the override.”

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.

Rep. Fred Camillo’s Bill Concerning Credit Freezes Signed Into Law

Posted on June 6, 2018 by admin

HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Camillo (R-Greenwich) praised the signing of his bill P.A. 18-90, An Act Concerning Fees for Security Freezes on Credit Reports, Notification of a Consumer’s Decision to Place or Remove a Security Freeze on a Credit Report and the Duration of Certain Identity Theft Prevention Services Required After a Data Breach, which was signed by Governor Malloy on June 4th, 2018.

Part of our job in Hartford is to pass legislation that protects consumers,” Rep. Camillo said. “I was moved to introduce this bill when a constituent alerted me to the practice of credit agencies charging a fee to unlock a credit freeze. Many times these freezes are initiated by the credit agencies, yet they charge the consumers a fee to have the freeze removed. In that case, the obligation to pay a fee to unlock the credit freeze seems both punitive and without merit. I thank all my colleagues for supporting this bill and the governor for signing it into law.”

The intent of this legislation is to prohibit credit rating agencies from charging a fee to consumers to place or remove a security freeze from the consumer’s account. It also requires credit rating agencies to notify other credit rating agencies of a consumer’s request to place or remove a security freeze from such consumer’s account, and increase the amount of identity theft prevention or mitigation services provided after a security breach.

P.A. 18-90 passed the House and Senate unanimously, has been signed by the governor and will take effect on October 1st, 2018.