Posted on May 15, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino (R-Cromwell) voted in favor of a bipartisan state budget that maintains funding to the state’s most vulnerable populations without relying on additional revenue from new taxes or tolls. In the waning hours of the 2018 session, a vote was taken, first in the Senate and later in the House, on the budget after successful negotiations came to fruition.
“While this is in no way a perfect budget, it does represent a quality compromise between both sides of the aisle. We all worked hard to maintain funding to seniors, school children, and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities without placing additional financial burdens on any of our residents,” explained Carpino.
Posted on May 9, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) announced that legislation she proposed to reform how fragile patients in state care are protected, SB 404: An Act Concerning Mandated Reporters, unanimously passed the House in concurrence with the Senate on Tuesday, May 8th.
“Inhumane treatment of people who are unable to speak for themselves is incomprehensible. The lack of oversight at Whiting Forensic led to a toxic culture that put patients and staff at risk. This bill is key to reform,” said Rep. Carpino.
Rep. Carpino spent months speaking to current and former staff members, patient advocates, reviewing documents and visiting the facility in order to speak to a patient and fashion an appropriate legislative solution.
Posted on May 8, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) championed legislation that will assist residents struggling with substance addiction. The bill will provide additional protections to those needing a safe place to live while on the road to recovery. It implements a voluntary database for sober homes that have been certified by the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR).
“This legislation is intended to help those who are trying to beat addiction. Recovery is a long process and safe sober homes are an important part of that journey,” said Rep. Carpino. “Addiction knows no boundaries and residents in every corner of the state are victims of this disease.”
Posted on May 1, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
To the Editor,
There are only a few days remaining in the 2018 Session, and the majority party has yet to schedule a debate on the state budget and the projected $321 million deficit. Long-term budget solutions that stabilize our economy must be implemented to address this shortfall rather than gimmicks, such as the re-creation of a tolling system on our state highways.
Posted on April 26, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) welcomed athletes with Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) on Wednesday, April 25th. SOCT’s visiting representatives work as Global Messengers, advocating for the needs of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities who wish to compete in sporting events. During their time at the Capitol they spoke with members of both the House and Senate. Carpino also congratulated the organization on their 50th anniversary during the introduction. To view it, please click here, or on the image below.
For more information on SOCT, please click here.
Posted on April 18, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – A bi-partisan School Safety Working Group convened its first meeting to study issues surrounding school safety on Wednesday, April 18. State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) was named as Vice Chair to the group.
“Tragic events at home and across the country remind us that we need to stay vigilant when it comes to school security,” explained Carpino, who is also a parent of school-aged children. “We passed comprehensive legislation in 2013 that some school districts are failing to implement. It’s important to identify those failures, review national practices and create legislative recommendations to ensure the safety of our students and educators.”