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Carpino Supports No-Tax-Increase State Budget

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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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.

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Whiting Reform Bill Clears House

Posted on May 9, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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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.

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Carpino Champions Protection for those in Recovery

Posted on May 8, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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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.”

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Letter to Editor: Repairing Infrastructure

Posted on May 1, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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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.

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Carpino Welcomes Special Olympics Connecticut to House of Representatives

Posted on April 26, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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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.

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Carpino Named Vice Chair to School Safety Working Group

Posted on April 18, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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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.”

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Carpino’s Provisions Protecting Women’s Rights Advance

Posted on April 5, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino’s concepts to strengthen existing state laws regarding the reporting of sexual assault cases and to help victims of domestic violence have advanced at the Capitol. Both concepts received overwhelming bipartisan support and passed out of the Judiciary Committee, on which Carpino serves as a longtime member.

Rep. Carpino said, “As a female legislator, I understand how important these provisions are to protecting women and their families. Women in the communities I represent, and statewide, will have additional time to seek justice. Not every victim is ready to come forward immediately and we must allow time for them to start the healing process. To continue the conversation, I also supported the creation of a task force to further examine the reporting requirements of sexual assaults.”

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Letter to Editor: 2018 Legislative Initiatives

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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To the Editor,

The legislative session has begun and the budget and Connecticut’s financial health remain my top priorities. In addition, I have introduced several legislative proposals focused on improving the overall function of state government and addressing issues that have arisen in our district.

We need to change the culture surrounding sexual assaults. The first concept I submitted this year is a proposal to extend the statute of limitations for sexual assaults. This will provide additional time for victims who wish to use the judicial system to seek justice.

To improve efficiencies in our state government structure, I have crafted several common sense measures that will streamline operations. These include:

• Eliminating paid leave for state employees found to have intentionally committed a crime relating to their state job;
• Allowing individual municipalities and the state to utilize volunteer services; and
• Requiring legislative review of quasi-public contract agreements to reduce excess state spending.

I have always promised to put the best interests of the district first. To that end, I introduced two concepts that target local issues. After meeting with local subject matter experts, I introduced a proposal to address developers with past records of poor performance and a proposal to examine how we handle issues surrounding vicious domestic animals.

I look forward to working hard on your behalf.

Always,

Christie M. Carpino
State Representative, 32nd District
860-240-8700

Carpino Achieves 100% Voting Record

Posted on January 22, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORDState Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) has achieved a 100% voting record for both the regular and all special legislative sessions in 2017. This marks Carpino’s seventh consecutive year of earning a perfect voting record while representing the 32nd House District.

“The Speaker of the House asked membership to vote on over 400 separate proposals. My job is to be your voice in Hartford and it is imperative that I participate in every opportunity,” explained Rep. Carpino.

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Letter to Editor: Medicare Savings Program Funding

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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To the Editor,

We returned to the Capitol for a Special Session to make a budget adjustment to the Medicare Savings Program (MSP). As members of the General Assembly we realized the importance of addressing this issue and petitioned the Secretary of the State in order to convene. The previously announced changes to MSP have been rescinded through the end of the fiscal year. This is good news for the many people in our towns that depend on this assistance.

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Portland Storm Response Forum

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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PORTLAND – State Representative Christie Carpino announced  an upcoming informational forum regarding storm response policies and procedures in Portland. The forum will take place on Thursday, November 30, at the Waverly Center from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Rep. Carpino Investigates Patient Abuse Allegations

Posted on October 31, 2017 by admin


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HARTFORD, Conn. – State Representative Christie Carpino joined her legislative colleagues at the Legislative Office Building in October to call for a Public Hearing in response to the patient abuse scandal at the Whiting Forensic Institute and concerns raised about Connecticut Valley Hospital. In response, the Public Health Committee announced it will hold an Informational Forum on Monday, November 13, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 2C of the LOB regarding the operational practices and procedures of the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Whiting Forensic Division of the Connecticut Valley Hospital. A public hearing will follow at 1:00 p.m.

“The allegations at issue truly embody inhumane treatment to very fragile individuals that are under our care. Patients in the State of Connecticut expect and deserve humane care. The abuse alleged has no place in today’s society and point to a toxic environment on campus,” said Carpino, a member of the Public Health Committee.

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Carpino Recognized for Substance Abuse Prevention

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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PHOTO: State Rep. Christie Carpino is joined by MCSAAC’s Director Betsey Chadwick

MIDDLETOWN – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) was recognized by the Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council (MCSAAC) at its 27th annual meeting. MCSAAC presented State Representative Christie Carpino with the 2017 “Terry Concannon Elected Official Award” in recognition of her substance abuse prevention work.  Carpino has worked to reduce the opioid crisis by supporting bi-partisan initiatives requiring stricter prescription guidelines, limiting excess supplies of opioids, and increasing patient education and treatment options. In addition, Carpino has fought against reducing drug free school zones to keep drugs away from children.  When presenting the award, Betsey Chadwick commented on Carpino’s personal approach in assisting residents navigate the recovery process.

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Carpino & Bransfield Unveil Prescription Drug Return Box

Posted on October 10, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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Photo: Portland Police Officer Paul Liseo, Portland First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield, State Representative Christie Carpino, and Portland Police Sergeant James Kelly are pictured in front of the drug return box.

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Carey Manufacturing Welcomes Cromwell Leaders

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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Photo (from left to right): Cromwell Mayor Enzo Faienza, Paul S. Lavoie, State Rep. Christie Carpino

CROMWELLState Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) and Mayor Enzo Faienza recently toured Carey Manufacturing. The company’s 30,000 square foot state of the art manufacturing facility produces catches, latches, and handles for military, aerospace, computer, automotive, and consumer applications.

“Carey Manufacturing is one of Connecticut’s most prominent manufacturers and serves a large client base spanning multiple industries. The company prides itself on advancing abilities and talents of its incredibly diverse workforce – with a strong focus on utilizing emerging technology. Carey Manufacturing is a great neighbor to our community and I am confident they will continue to craft quality products for years to come,” said Rep. Carpino.

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Letter to Editor: Connecticut State Budget Debate Denied

Posted on July 25, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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To the Editor,

Monday we were called to the Capitol to vote. Yet again, we were prevented from debating and voting on a budget. In fact, the majority party voted to prevent the minority party’s budget from even being presented. This lack of leadership is dangerous for the state and our citizens.

Instead, the House voted on what is commonly known as the SEBAC agreement. Without having a two year budget in place, this labor agreement provides a four year guarantee of no layoffs for state employees. This is unconscionable in light of the state of Connecticut’s poor financial affairs. The proponent of the bill admitted during the debate that now “our hands are tied” in regards to wage, hour and layoff discussions.

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Post-Session Update; Letter to Editor

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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Special session will be called in the coming weeks for the General Assembly to vote on a biennium budget and to address the $5.3 billion projected deficit. I am disappointed that although multiple proposals were discussed, none were presented for a vote during the 2017 regular session. The failure to present a balanced budget to the membership for a vote prior to the session’s adjournment date is disheartening. The final budget will require difficult choices, but they must be made.

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A New Opportunity: CT’s Autonomous Vehicle Program

Posted on June 7, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino (R-32) introduced a concept to the legislature that would provide an opportunity for all Connecticut residents to gain greater independence. Specifically, her idea promotes the study and safe use of autonomous vehicles (AVs).

“Autonomous vehicles are an opportunity to increase the independence of those with physical challenges who are unable to operate a traditional motor vehicle. The industry also has the potential to be a major economic driver and future employer here in Connecticut,” said Carpino. Rep. Carpino introduced the bill after learning about the struggles of one of her constituents. “Karl has a physical difficulty that prevents him from driving. The inability to drive prevents him from utilizing his education and obtaining a job. Technology presents an opportunity for people like Karl to access reliable transportation and enhance their futures.”

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Carpino’s College Credit Transfer Solution Passes House

Posted on June 3, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino’s initiative to help college students transfer earned credits between community colleges and 4 year public institutions of higher learning in Connecticut passed the House of Representatives on Friday.

“At a time when college costs are skyrocketing, transferring credits within our own state college and university system should not be difficult. Students that have difficulty transferring the credits they have already paid for and worked so hard to earn, are often forced to retake similar classes, which only add to their mounting college debt. This is unacceptable,” said Rep. Carpino.

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Carpino Hails Passage of Legislation Combating Opioid Abuse

Posted on June 1, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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Photo: State Representative Christie Carpino (right) discusses the pending legislation with State Representative Prasad Srinivasan (left), who serves as the Ranking Member to the Public Health Committee

Hartford – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) hailed the passage of HB 7052: An Act Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse during Wednesday’s House Session.

“Abuse and misuse of opioids has caused far too many to lose their lives as a result of overdoses. So many families have been impacted by this crisis, we need to take a proactive approach and educate the general public about the dangers associated with opioids. Drug related tragedies do not discriminate and destroy families statewide,” explained Rep. Carpino, a co-sponsor of the bill.

The bill requires prescriptions for controlled substances to be electronically transmitted to a pharmacy. Electronic transmissions will decrease the possibility of unnecessary prescriptions. This minimizes the abundance of excess medication in the community. In addition, the measure limits the initial supply of opioid medication to 5 days.

In order to empower patients that wish to avoid opioids, the bill creates a process for patients to request that their physician not prescribe opioids to them for treatment. Most important, practitioners must now speak with patients about the use and risks of taking opioid medication.

Rep. Carpino said, “The bill provides that all patients will be given explicit instruction of proper use and be made aware of the risks before they take the first pill.”

The bill garnered unanimous support when it went to a vote in the Public Health Committee, of which Carpino is a member, and in the House of Representatives. It now awaits further action in the Senate, where it must be acted upon before Wednesday, June 7th, to become law.

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Portland Students Provide Goods to Veterans

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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Photo – Luke DeToro (far right), Tyler Ghent (far left), and State Rep. Carpino (middle left) are pictured with residents and donated items at the Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill.

ROCKY HILL – Luke DeToro and Tyler Ghent, both of Portland, met with residents and staff of the Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill to present donated items they collected as part of their senior capstone project. Both young men have chosen to pursue opportunities with the armed forces, Ghent with the United States Navy and DeToro with the United State Marine Corps, and were able to speak to the veterans about their service. Rep. Carpino arranged the visit and accompanied Ghent and DeToro. “These young men have shown their commitment to the future and past of the United States Military. I commend Luke and Tyler for their compassion and dedication,” said Carpino.

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Carpino Visits Autumn Lake Healthcare

Posted on May 8, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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CROMWELL – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) recently visited Autumn Lake Healthcare. The facility’s management offers expertise in long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, and palliative care. “Autumn Lake’s services provide local residents the ability to stay close to family when they are in need of specialized care. Their current investments to upgrade the facility shows their commitment to improve the quality of life within our community,” said Rep. Carpino.

An Update on The State Budget

Posted on May 1, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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To the Editor,

On Thursday we joined our Republican colleagues to unveil “Confident Connecticut”, a no-tax-increase solution for the upcoming biennium. In undertaking this difficult task we have proposed true solutions for the budget and are poised to lead Connecticut back to financial stability.

The Republican proposal concentrates on funding the core functions of government while keeping spending in check. It calls for a strict spending cap and a limit on the amount of bonding that can be allocated.

Our proposal restores funding for Fire Training schools, ensuring that firefighters across the state are properly trained to best respond in an emergency situation. Additionally, we provide for Connecticut’s senior population by preserving funding for Meals on Wheels. Further, municipal aid is fully maintained, and in some cases increased.

It is unmistakable that an undue financial burden has been placed on our cities and towns, which has restricted local budgets. Long-term structural changes must be made to the way the legislature goes about the budgeting process to help our municipalities. Consequently, our proposal requires the state to provide municipalities with projected aid by March 1. This will be a critical tool for creating municipal budgets.

Education represents a large portion of the budget, which is why a more equitable formula was used to disperse education dollars. The Republican proposal accepts the responsibility of our teachers’ pensions, saving municipalities from the governor’s proposal that would have levied $400 million from them to fund that account.

It is also important to note that Middlesex Hospital and other hospitals across the state are held harmless from further tax increases in our proposal.

There are painful cuts in our proposal which were difficult to make. As state revenues continue to change we also recognize that some revisions to our proposal will be needed. However, we are ready to work with our colleagues at the Capitol to generate the best budget possible to instill confidence that our residents, business and municipalities deserve.

Sincerely,

Christie Carpino, State Representative, 32nd District

Bob Siegrist, State Representative, 36th District

Melissa Ziobron, State Representative, 34th District

 

Carpino, Doyle Visit Cromwell Farms

Posted on April 28, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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Photo: State Rep. Christie Carpino (left) and State Sen. Paul Doyle (center) tour Garden’s Dream, Cromwell, CT. 

Cromwell – State Representative Christie Carpino and State Senator Paul Doyle toured Prides Corner Farm and Garden’s Dream Farm and discussed the legislative landscape impacting the farming community. Prides Corner Farms is a regional grower throughout New England, offering over 2,200 varieties of plants. Garden’s Dream, offers annuals, perennials, shrubs and naturally grown vegetable and herb plants. Both farms acquired their land in Cromwell from the Millane family.

The Millane family has shown their dedication to sustainable agriculture in our state by arranging for Prides Corner and Garden’s Dream to come to Cromwell. Agriculture is an important economic driver and adds to our quality of life in Connecticut.  I’d like to welcome both of these new businesses and wish them many years of great success,” said Rep. Carpino.

“It was my pleasure to tour two agribusinesses businesses in Cromwell – Prides Corner and Garden’s Dream. I am pleased that these two new businesses came into Cromwell to preserve a longstanding business location.  As Millane Nurseries provided much for the residents of the Greater Cromwell area, I hope that Prides Corner and Garden’s Dream will continue Millane’s great legacy for many years to come.  Best of luck with your new businesses,” said Sen. Doyle.

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Senior Centers to Benefit from Food Donation Policy Update

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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Hartford – State Representative Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) proposed an update to current public health policy, allowing distributors, wholesalers, or retailers of food to donate items to senior centers. Senate Bill 901: AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH’S RECOMMENDATION REGARDING ADOPTION OF A MODEL FOOD CODE was acted upon favorably by the Public Health Committee, moving the legislation to the Senate Floor for further debate.

“Congregate meals provide the opportunity for the seniors in our community to socialize as well as get a nutritious meal,” explained Rep. Carpino in regard to introducing the bill. “This bill will make it less onerous for local restaurants to donate quality food to our local senior centers, as they have recently seen seniors struggling to access meals daily.”

Due to the current restrictions placed on donating food items, the Cromwell Senior Center has been unable to receive donations from local restaurants on a regular basis. According to the Cromwell Senior Director, Amy Saada, a recent cut to the Congregate Meal Programs has created a greater need for donated items.

“The Congregate meal program has proven to help with decreased isolation in seniors,” said Saada. Ms. Saada went on to explain that the mid-day meal is a time for seniors in the community enjoy conversation with peers and have a healthy well balanced meal.

Linda Polke, Vice Chair of Cromwell’s Senior Commission, stated, “This bill will be a great benefit to the seniors who have seen their meals decrease. I would like to thank Christie for looking out for our seniors.”

Carpino noted that the bill has strong bi-partisan support and unanimously passed out of the Public Health Committee. It now moves to the Senate Floor for further consideration.

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Carpino, Bransfield Testify in Support of Improvements to Portland’s Air Line Trail

Posted on March 21, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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Hartford – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) and Portland First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield testified before the legislature’s Government Administration and Election Committee in support of the conveyance of property to the Town of Portland. They were joined by Air Line Trail Steering Committee co-chair, and Portland resident, Lou Pear.

“This is a creative measure that will encourage the recreational use of the Air Line Trail and promote tourism in Portland and Middlesex County,” explained Rep. Carpino. “This conveyance will give Portland the opportunity to create a trail head and renovate a historic railroad depot building.”

First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield said, “I would like to thank Representative Carpino for her strong support of the Air Line Trail in Portland. Along with the Air Line Trail Committee, she is working hard to create an outstanding tourist destination for the entire region. We are very grateful!”

According to testimony provided by Lou Pear, “This property is a portion of the old Air Line that is currently being rejuvenated into a multi-use recreational trail between Portland and Putnam. As co-chair and member of the Portland Air Line trail steering committee it is my hope as well as that of our committee members to rehabilitate the depot for public use and restore the trail bed area to offer passive recreational opportunities.”

The Town of Portland has previously been awarded a grant through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protections (DEEP) to complete local renovations to the Air Line Trail. According to Bransfield, those improvements should be complete by the Fall of 2017, and will connect the trail seamlessly to East Hampton.

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Carpino Participates in Valentines for Veterans

Posted on February 21, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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Rocky Hill – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) joined Commissioner Sean Connolly, CT Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and Dr. Paula Talty, Cromwell Public Schools Superintendent, at the Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill on Tuesday morning to participate in “Valentines for Veterans.” Cromwell Public School students designed and decorated hundreds of valentines for the residents of the facility, which were disseminated on Valentine’s Day. “This is a small token of appreciation for what these men and women have done for our state and country. We wanted to let them know they are always in our hearts,” said Rep. Carpino, who hopes to make this event an annual tradition.

Carpino Comments on Governor’s Proposed Budget

Posted on February 10, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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To the Editor,

We knew the budget proposal would be difficult. We didn’t know Governor Malloy would try to hold towns that have been smart stewards of taxpayer dollars responsible for the mismanagement of state dollars. Responsible towns like ours – Cromwell and Portland.

“I’m not blaming wealthy towns, it’s not their fault,” said Governor Malloy during his budget address at the State Capitol. And yet, he attempts to shift an unprecedented amount of debt to towns. Without warning, Cromwell and Portland are being told they will have to shoulder the unplanned burden of close to one million dollars every year. Reasonable minds can differ as to whether towns should be contributing to the retirement of their educators, but the element of surprise goes against any attempt at the “We are in this together” mindset we should be employing to address the budget crisis.

Did I mention the Governor also wants to reduce the amount of state funding we get towards education? While I agree that the equation must be examined in light of a recent court decisions, I can’t imagine taking away critical education dollars from hardworking middle class communities like ours.

Here at home, Middlesex Hospital employs hundreds of families in the district, contributes to our community, and provides first-rate medical care to every person that passes through their door. And yet, this budget proposal forces hospitals to face the very real possibility of previously unknown taxes.

There are some positive points of the proposal, some I’ve advocated for myself in the past. It suggests repealing mandates on our towns and cities, increasing funding for special education and to support those with intellectual disabilities, as well as requiring additional funding for the redevelopment of brownfields throughout the state.

However, this document is far from a finished product. The Governor’s budget will be vetted by the General Assembly and the public over the coming months. Agency staff and members of the public will have the chance to comment on funding needs. Then, we will draft and vote on our own biennium budget.

I agree with the Governor’s notion that this is not Cromwell or Portland’s fault, but then his proposal should not view our towns as an untapped piggy bank. Although the final budget will have difficult cuts, I hope that in the end it will be an honest budget with structural changes that will put Connecticut on the road to prosperity.

Always,

Christie Carpino
State Representative, 32nd District

Rep. Carpino Proposes Bill to Enhance Connecticut Community College Credit Transfers

Posted on January 18, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) has introduced a bill to establish state-wide transfer and articulation agreements between the Connecticut Community College System and all public four year institutions in the State of Connecticut.

“In a time that we are acutely aware of rising education costs, the issue of difficult credit transfers is unacceptable. Neither the state nor the student should be financing duplicate course work. We need to do a better job of creating a seamless system,” explained Rep. Carpino. “This legislation seeks to create a solution where all stakeholders in Connecticut are privy to the credit acceptance policies. Although this should not require legislative involvement, it will be a win-win when a solution is created.”

The bill, House Bill 5739 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES TO ALLOW FOR THE TRANSFER OF CREDITS BETWEEN PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, will require the faculty and staff of the Connecticut Community Colleges, Connecticut State Universities, and University of Connecticut to develop transfer pathways to ensure the seamless transfer of community college credits. This will enable community college students to transfer more efficiently, thus guaranteeing that students are not paying twice to retake similar classes, and can graduate quicker with less debt.

Carpino was the Ranking Member of the bi-partisan Program Review and Investigations Committee when it documented the difficulties associated with credit and course transfers.

A study by John Mullane, a Counselor at Gateway Community College found that the University of Connecticut is rejecting over 20% of the credits from students transferring from the community college system. Students lost an average of 12 credits, delaying graduation by at least one semester and increasing the cost of attending college by $6,350 per transfer student, which translated to approximately $3 million in extra tuition and fees. Mullane has called on the state to address the problem, “Connecticut needs state-wide transfer and articulation agreements that guarantee seamless transfer to all public four-year institutions.”

The bill has been referred to the state legislature’s Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee. Over the coming weeks, the committee will consider several pieces of legislation including the credit transfer initiative.

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CARPINO BEGINS FOURTH TERM IN LEGISLATURE

Posted on January 6, 2017 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) was sworn into her fourth term Wednesday morning in the Connecticut General Assembly’s House of Representatives.


Photo: State Rep. Christie Carpino participates in Opening Day of the 2017 Legislative Session

Rep. Carpino has been named an Assistant Republican Leader, an integral role within the caucus. Additionally, Rep. Carpino will continue her service on the legislature’s Public Health and Judiciary Committees.

Rep. Carpino has also been named House Chair of the Regulation Review Committee. This powerful committee reviews regulations proposed by state agencies and must act in order for regulations to be implemented.

After Opening Day ceremonies, the House of Representatives passed operating rules for the upcoming session. A Republican proposal to amend the rules went to a roll call vote, but failed along a party line vote.

“I supported a common sense amendment that would have allowed the legislature to review major financial agreements the state enters with various labor unions,” explained Carpino. “I was disappointed when the measure failed along a party line vote. I will work to overcome the partisanship and continue to work with my legislative colleagues across the aisle to alleviate the state’s growing debt.”

The amendment would require the legislature to review union contracts prior to them being approved by the state. This would have ultimately provided more vigilance to the legislature regarding monies allocated from the Executive branch and state agencies. Long-term agreements often carry substantial pension liability that falls on the State of Connecticut.

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State Rep. Carpino Recognized as MADD Legislator of the Year

Posted on November 18, 2016 by admin


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New Haven – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) speaks at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) Community Champions Dinner, held on Thursday evening. Carpino, who serves on the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, was formally recognized for her efforts in crafting a new child endangerment law by earning the title of “MADD Legislator of the Year” award for 2016. The new law increases penalties for impaired driving with a child passenger.

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According to MADD, there are over 10,000 deaths annually that occur across the United States as a result of alcohol-related accidents. As Legislator of the Year, Carpino played a major role in MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving through her legislative efforts and community advocacy. Recently, Carpino and MADD facilitated a DUI checkpoint in Portland. It is estimated through MADD’s advocacy efforts and legislative support, drunk driving has been reduced 53% nationally.

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To the Editor: Carpino Votes to Secure Middle Class Jobs

Posted on September 29, 2016 by admin


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To the Editor:

I cast my vote Wednesday for the future of Connecticut.

Dating back to the Revolutionary War, our state has the rich history of being central to the military supply chain. The legislative package I supported continues this tradition by guaranteeing aerospace employment opportunities within Connecticut until 2032. This is good news for both Connecticut as a whole and our district. Cromwell and Portland are home to both Sikorsky suppliers and employees. These are well paying jobs for hardworking middle-class people. We have skilled workers in our district and state that will contribute to our national defense.

It is startling that it will cost Sikorsky an extra $400 million to produce helicopters in Connecticut than other states. Time and time again businesses express concerns that in Connecticut the deck is stacked heavily against them. There is no question that businesses will continue to leave our state until Connecticut becomes more competitive and drives down the price of doing business.

I respect the goals of this deal, which are to bring jobs to our state and expand the aerospace market. I’ve worked on legislation to strengthen manufacturing in Connecticut and see this as another opportunity to provide stability for an important part of our economy. While I cast a yes vote to strengthen our future as a state, the need for this incentive package should be a wakeup call to the majority party. The business climate must change in order for Connecticut families to have quality jobs close to home.

Sincerely,

Christie Carpino
State Representative, 32nd District

CARPINO ACHEIVES PERFECT VOTING RECORD IN 2016

Posted on September 6, 2016 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) achieved a perfect, one-hundred-percent, voting record for the 2016 Legislative Session.

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Throughout the legislative session, Carpino cast votes on all 313 separate pieces of legislation that came up for consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives. Approximately, 30 percent of legislators achieved a perfect voting record this session.

“Voting on proposed bills is the most direct way to be sure the voices Cromwell and Portland residents are heard at the Capitol,” stated Rep. Carpino. “I work diligently on matters affecting our district and our state. Being present to represent these views for each vote is key.”

Since being elected, Carpino has been present for every single vote taking place in the House of Representatives.

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Rep. Carpino Receives Public Policy Award

Posted on August 24, 2016 by admin


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Photo: State Representative Christie Carpino discusses legislation with her legislative colleagues on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Hartford – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Connecticut has recognized State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) for her support of critical pieces of legislation that aim to reduce incidences involving drunk driving. MADD is presenting Carpino with a 2016 MADD Public Policy Award as well as coordinating a local event to raise awareness of the dangers associated with drunk driving in the communities she represents.

Carpino was an early proponent of Public Act No. 16-126 “An Act Concerning Child Endangerment While Driving While Under The Influence.” According to MADD, in 2014 over 200 children were killed in alcohol impaired car accidents. More than half of these children were the passenger of the impaired driver responsible for causing the accident. “Public Act 16-126 creates a new provision to address child endangerment while driving impaired. This law establishes a higher level of protection for our children – the most defenseless population in our society,” said Carpino. “In addition, the law includes a provision within the law requiring DCF to administer additional assessments to determine the overall safety of the child and for the department to provide education in cases deemed necessary, such as child parenting courses.”

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Carpino, State and Local Officials Kick off 2016 Travelers Championship in Cromwell

Posted on August 1, 2016 by admin


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Today Mayor Faienza and I had the opportunity to help kick off the Traveler’s Championship, Connecticut’s largest professional sporting event, along with other state and local officials this morning at TPC River Highlands. The event draws thousands of spectators from around New England, with all tournament proceeds going to local charities. This year the tournament proceeds will go towards funding aimed at finding a cure for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). It is important to remember the courageous efforts those diagnosed with ALS put forth every day to overcome the disease. I had the honor of joining ALS patients this morning including CT resident Brian Savo, and Jay Fishman, Travelers Chairman of the Board.

Carpino Recognizes Petzold’s as Portland’s Business of the Year

Posted on June 30, 2016 by admin


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PORTLAND – State Representative Christie Carpino (Portland/Cromwell) presents a legislative citation to recognize Petzold’s Marine Center for being named Portland’s Business of the Year . Petzold’s has been a cornerstone in Portland for decades, offering the community expertise on marine equipment, watercraft repairs and sales, as well as featuring one of New England’s largest boat show rooms. “Petzold’s is vital to Portland’s economic viability and a wonderful community partner. Operating for over 70 years and expanding to additional locations is a testament to the family’s success. I am confident they will continue to have a positive impact on our community and wish them much success for years to come.”

Carpino Participates in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Summit

Posted on June 28, 2016 by admin


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Picture – Connecticut State Representative Christie Carpino (right) and Minnesota State Representative Cindy Pugh (left) at the Summit on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Minneapolis, MN.

Minneapolis, MN – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) participated in the recent Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Summit sponsored by Women in Government (WIG).The summit focused on opioid prescription misuse and access to quality coordinated care, as well as a tour of a Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s outpatient addiction treatment for youth and adults. While interacting with providers and law enforcement personnel, the legislators gained insight on the struggles associated with recovery as well as possible prevention policies.

“I was able to exchange policy ideas with my legislative colleagues from across the country, without using taxpayer dollars, ” stated Rep. Carpino, who was appointed to WIG’s National Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Abuse in April of this year. “Connecticut has made great strides in addressing opioid-related tragedies but families in Cromwell and Portland still struggle when a loved one needs mental health care or substance use treatment. Other states share similar challenges and their solutions may be helpful to strengthen our local response and recovery infrastructure.”

Major Acts

Posted on June 24, 2016 by admin


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Many important pieces of legislation were debated and passed by the General Assembly throughout the 2016 Legislative Session.

To read a summary of the 2016 Major Public Acts passed during the legislative session, please click here.

In order to better understand this legislation, the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research has also released summaries of new laws affecting different issue areas. Each summary indicates the public act (PA) number and effective date. Some of the issue areas include:

• Acts Affecting Seniors
• Acts Affecting People with Disabilities
• Acts Affecting Children

In the coming weeks, I will forward additional reports as they become available.

I encourage you to conact me if you have any questions regarding legislation that is within these reports, or about state government in general. I can always be reached by e-mailing Christie.Carpino@housegop.ct.gov, or by calling toll free at 1-800-842-1423.

Carpino Welcomes Splash Pad to Watrous Park, Cromwell

Posted on June 22, 2016 by admin


Rep. Carpino Recognized by Radiological Society of Connecticut

Posted on June 14, 2016 by admin


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New Haven – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) was recognized by the Radiological Society of Connecticut (RSC) for her outstanding leadership in health care reform and advocacy of patient friendly policies. RSC is made up of active radiologists practicing state wide.

“The delivery of radiological health care services is critical to the health of Connecticut residents,” said Rep. Carpino, who was characterized as a rising star within the legislature by the RSC. “I will continue to support policies that enhance patient access to essential health services.”

Carpino supported legislation which will allow women to access more effective, 3-D mammograms via tomosynthesis. Carpino, a member of the state legislature’s Public Health Committee, also supported a law which requires the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health to review the effect state budget cuts to essential patient services like mammography, along with x-rays and ultrasounds.

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Post-Session Reflection

Posted on June 7, 2016 by admin


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It is no secret that mismanagement of state revenues has resulted in economic instability for the citizens of Connecticut. But, it is just as important to recognize that despite great financial strain, the General Assembly worked as a cohesive body this session to draft positive legislation that will have an immediate impact on our community. We addressed a number of issues, often in a bipartisan manner, which concerned the public health and safety of our families.

To combat the rising level of opioid-related addiction and deaths I met with the medical community, first responders and people in recovery. I worked on a bill that will increase access to overdose reversal medication which will save lives immediately. The bill will also reduce the number of unnecessary opioids available for misuse by putting greater oversight on prescriptions.

Connecticut’s firefighters subjected themselves to dangerous conditions on a daily basis in order to protect us. I supported legislation to establish the Firefighter Cancer Relief Account in order to provide wage replacement benefits to fire personnel affected by certain cancer conditions. The funds in this account are to be used solely for the purposes of providing benefits to firefighters.

Providing services to the intellectually and developmentally disabled community is an essential function of state government. There have been well documented issues in regard to the wait list and eligibility of services administered through the Department of Development Services (DDS). The legislation we passed calls for DDS to develop a plan for each DDS client and provide them with information to better plan for their futures.

Opioid related tragedies, providing for the men and women that answer the call when we dial 911, and protecting the most fragile members of our society are real concerns. Times are tough in Hartford, but I’m proud to say that we created good solutions to address these issues.

Enjoy your summer and stay safe.

 

Always,

Christie M. Carpino
State Representative, Cromwell & Portland

 

Upcoming Memorial Day Events in Cromwell and Portland

Posted on May 26, 2016 by admin


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As Memorial Day approaches I would like to share some local community events commemorating the sacrifice our men and women have made while serving in the armed forces. Below, I have included details for events occuring in both Cromwell and Portland.

CROMWELL

Memorial Day Car Show
Friday, May 27th
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Historic Main Street

Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade
Monday, May 30th
6:00 PM
Town Gazebo (across from the Police Department)

PORTLAND

Memorial Day Breakfast
Saturday, May 28th
7:30 AM
American Legion Post, Freestone Avenue

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
Sunday, May 29th
2:00 PM
Beginning on Main Street; Concluding at Town Hall

Thank you for keeping all of our military families in your thoughts. Please have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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Carpino Co-hosts Veterans Medal Ceremony

Posted on May 12, 2016 by admin


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CROMWELL, CT — Over fifty Connecticut veterans from Cromwell who served in the armed forces during wars ranging from World War II to the Vietnam War and the post-9/11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq were presented the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal today at an event hosted by Senator Paul Doyle and Representative Christie Carpino. The event was organized to recognize Connecticut’s veterans for their service in the armed forces. Commissioner of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Sean Connolly was in attendance to present medals.

“It is an honor to stand in a room with so many of Connecticut’s heroes and thank them for their service,” said Senator Doyle. “These medals show our gratitude to the veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much in defense of this country. The men and women receiving these medals heard the call of duty and stood up for their country. We can never fully compensate the debt we have to them, but with these medals we can show them some well deserved respect.”

“This is a small token of appreciation to our veterans who may not have received the proper homecoming they deserved,” stated Representative Carpino. “Each medal recipient stepped forward to defend our freedoms and I’m honored to have the opportunity to thank them on behalf of the state of Connecticut.”

Prior to the General Assembly establishing this award in 2005, the State of Connecticut had not honored its veterans with a wartime service medal since World War I. Anyone who served in the armed forces during a time of war and was a Connecticut resident at the time, or currently lives in Connecticut, is eligible for the award. Many veterans from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq received the medal as part of their discharge packets, but many veterans who served prior to 2005 are unaware of the medal’s existence. Any veteran who believes they may be eligible for the medal may contact Rep. Carpino at 860-240-8700.

Carpino’s Local Health District Legislation Passed by Legislature

Posted on May 6, 2016 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) successfully shepherded a bill proposal through the General Assembly to address local concerns regarding health districts.

Carpino submitted the bill to protect her constituents from future issues such as those that plagued the Chatham Health District earlier this year. The Public Health Committee heard from Portland residents and Carpino on the need for stronger protections and took favorable action on a similar proposal earlier in the legislative session that increased oversight.

“This legislation adds a level of protection for residents of towns, such as Portland, that are incorporated into local health districts,” explained Rep. Carpino. “If there is reasonable suspicion of an impropriety in the health district, the Department of Public Health (DPH) will have clear authority to intervene and protect members of the health district. I commend the efforts of my colleagues on the Public Health Committee for helping to create good public policy.”

In order to better protect residents in the future, Carpino also included language focusing on best practices on how local health districts can better serve Connecticut residents. The Commissioner of Public Health shall review the general statutes governing local health departments and districts to determine whether they need revising and submit such determination to the General Assembly.

HB 5537 – AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. It now goes to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

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Carpino Co-Sponsors Drone Use Parameters

Posted on May 2, 2016 by admin


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Hartford – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) co-sponsored a bill regulating the use of drones, H.B 5274 An Act Concerning the Use of Drones. Carpino worked with a variety of stakeholders over 2 years in drafting the legislation that originated in the Program Review and Investigations Committee, which she chairs.

“Too often technology advances quicker than the law. My priority from the start was to ensure personal privacy rights of individuals were protected without restricting public safety. This law does both,” said Carpino. The law requires the police to obtain a warrant unless certain narrow exceptions are met.

“If we have a missing child or a dangerous situation that poses an imminent threat to our citizens, law enforcement can and should utilize the most advanced technology available. The careful balance in HB 5274 makes sure police are not hindered in their efforts and permits drone use in these life threatening situations.”

The other major component of the bill prohibits weaponized drones by creating a new crime, making it a class C felony, to operate a drone equipped with tear gas or a similar deleterious agent, a deadly weapon, explosives, or an incendiary device. The bill also protects victim of voyeurism by including provisions related to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles out of plain view. Further, it prohibits the landing and taking off the grounds of a correctional facility.

The House approved the bill by a vote of 131-14. It now goes to the Senate for further action.

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Carpino Hails Firefighter Cancer Relief Program

Posted on April 21, 2016 by admin


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Hartford – State Representative Christie Carpino co-sponsored legislation helping protect former uniformed members of paid and volunteer fire departments. Those who are diagnosed with certain types of cancer as a result of their service as firefighters will now be eligible to receive financial assistance.

“These men and women put their health in jeopardy on a daily basis, it is crucial that health resources be available to them during and after their career. They risk their lives to take care of us and our families and we need to take care of them,” said Carpino. “Wednesday evening we set up a mechanism at the state level for firefighters who avail themselves of being diagnosed with cancer.”

The bill establishes a new, non-lapsing Firefighter Cancer Relief Account within the General Fund for the purposes of providing wage replacement benefits to fire personnel affected by certain cancer conditions. The funds in this account are to be used solely for the purposes of providing wage replacement benefits to firefighters that are diagnosed with certain forms of cancer.

The bill also lays out several eligibility requirements for one to receive wage replacement benefits, which is dictated by the Firefighters Cancer Relief Program. Reporting requirements will be expanded to include additional information on who was actually present at a fire and who was exposed, as well as the duration of the exposure.

The bill was unanimously passed by the House and awaits further action in the Senate.

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Carpino Comments on Budget in Letter to Editor

Posted on April 1, 2016 by admin


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To The Editor,

On Tuesday I joined my legislative colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, in supporting a mitigation package erasing the $220 million deficit for the current fiscal year. I am cautiously optimistic some of my colleagues finally recognize we need to reexamine how government operates in order to stop our perpetual budgetary shortfalls.

The core services protected in the package include:

• Preservation of state aid to municipalities across the board, which is critical at this point in the fiscal year
• Restoration of $31 million to our state hospitals, triggering an additional $100 million to be released in federal funding as a result of the state action
• Services administered through the state’s Department of Developmental Services (DDS) remain uninterrupted

I voted for the bipartisan mitigation package because it restored many of the proposed cuts and preserved the core services of government. Cromwell and Portland were counting on the state aid that had already been promised, as was Middlesex Hospital. Hundreds of Middlesex Hospital employees live in the district and Middlesex Hospital Primary Care Centers are also located in both towns. Job security and the viability of our health care system are key to maintaining a strong base to the state’s economy.

Tuesday was a good day, but others will not be. Connecticut is staring at a $900 million deficit that will become the new fiscal reality on July 1. Last June I warned the majority party that their budget was irresponsible and unsustainable. Republicans crafted an alternative but it was ignored. Instead, no long-term structural changes were made and we are facing billion dollar deficits in the near future. Long term structural changes need to be made. Businesses are leaving the state and taking good jobs with them.

Change is painful. Every change impacts somebody. But, we have no choice.

Sincerely,

Christie Carpino
State Representative, 32nd District

State Representative Christie Carpino represents the 32nd District of Cromwell and Portland. She is Co-Chair of the legislature’s Program Review and Investigation Committee, and sits on the Judiciary and Public Health Committees.

Carpino Supports Public Health Committee Action On Opioid Legislation

Posted on March 21, 2016 by admin


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HartfordState Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland), member of the state’s Public Health Committee, voted in favor of legislation aimed at curbing the dramatic spike in opioid-related deaths across the state.

“No community is immune from this epidemic. Although legislation cannot stop every tragedy, we can certainly do our best to limit such occurrences,” stated Rep. Carpino. “The legislation approved today takes a big step to decrease the growing trend of opiate-related abuse and deaths.”

Carpino participated in a bi-partisan press conference today unveiling legislation to help control the widespread abuse and misuse of opioids.

The committee approved two opioid-specific pieces of legislation. The first, Senate Bill 352 – An Act Concerning Prescriptions For And The Dispensing Of Opioid Antagonists And Opioid Drugs, limits the prescriptive supply amount of opiate-based medication.

SB 352 will limit initial prescriptions of opioids to adults to no more than a seven-day supply. The same seven-day cap applies to minors, with an additional provision requiring the prescribing physician to provide an overview of associated risks and why the prescription is necessary for treatment. In addition, the bill states a practitioner may prescribe more than a seven day supply if the opioid drug is required to treat a patient’s medical condition, chronic pain, cancer-associated pain, or for palliative use.

The second piece of legislation, Senate Bill 353 – An Act Concerning Opioid Use Disorder, adds membership to the established Alcohol and Drug Policy Council within the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to produce recommendations on how to minimize opioid-related issues.

Carpino further explained that education is a major key to reversing the growing trend of opioid abuse. Stakeholders ranging from physicians, first responders, and pharmacists will comprise the new membership of the council to examine a larger scope of subject matter including, but not limited to, methods for safer drug prescribing and dispensing, overdose rescue strategies, and recovery support systems.

Both bills will now head to the Senate for further legislative action, which must be completed prior to the end of the current legislative session ending Wednesday, May 4th.

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State Representative Christie Carpino represents the 32nd District of Cromwell and Portland. She is Co-Chair of the legislature’s Program Review and Investigation Committee, and sits on the Judiciary and Public Health Committees.

Carpino’s Legislation Increasing Oversight of Local Health Districts Clears Public Health Committee

Posted on March 17, 2016 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) successfully championed a bill to provide more state oversight of local health districts. Senate Bill 355 – An Act Concerning Local Health Districts will permit the Connecticut Department of Public Health to audit a local health district if there is reasonable suspicion of an impropriety committed by the director or employees.

Carpino submitted the bill to protect her constituents of the issues concerning Chatham Health District. The Public Health Committee took action Wednesday voting in favor of Senate Bill 355.

“This legislation adds a level of protection for residents of towns, such as Portland, that are incorporated into local health districts,” explained Rep. Carpino. “If there is reasonable suspicion of an impropriety in the health district, the DPH will have authority to intervene and protect members of the health district. I commend the efforts of my colleagues on the Public Health Committee for helping create good public policy.”

“I want to thank Representative Carpino for working hand-in-hand with me on this,” stated Portland’s First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield. “Together, we identified an issue and worked towards a solution.”

The bill must be acted upon favorably by both the Senate and House of Representatives before the end of the legislative session, which adjourns on Wednesday, May 4th, in order to become law.

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State Representative Christie Carpino represents the 32nd District of Cromwell and Portland. She is Co-Chair of the legislature’s Program Review and Investigation Committee, and sits on the Judiciary and Public Health Committees.

Carpino Advocates for Streamlined 9-1-1 Dialing System

Posted on March 3, 2016 by admin


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Hartford – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) testified in support of her proposal House Bill 5276: An Act Requiring Instructions For Dialing 9-1-1 On Or Adjacent To Certain Multiline Telephones before the legislature’s Public Safety & Security Committee Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building.

“Direct access to 9-1-1 in an emergency is crucial,” Stated Rep. Carpino, “Every minute matters. Multiline Telephone Systems, MLTS, are not always configured to allow direct access to 9-1-1. Many also do not provide an onsite notification or the exact location of where the emergency is located.”

Carpino shared an experience about needing to use a MLTS in her district for an injured child. Carpino’s proposal will require clear instructions on telephones informing users how to dial 9-1-1 in the event a prefix is required. She added, “In an emergency it must be perfectly clear how to reach first responders for anyone that picks up the phone to ask for help.”

Carpino further explained in her testimony that telecommunications experts have indicated most systems have the capacity to be reconfigured in their current state, without additional hardware, to allow unrestricted calls to 9-1-1.

The Connecticut State Firefighters Association has stated their support for H.B. 5276. In addition, Portland Fire Chief, Robert Shea, stated, “Based on issues in Portland related to phone systems requiring an outside line or another number to dial 9-1-1, I fully support Christie’s proposal.”

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Upcoming Public Hearings

Posted on February 19, 2016 by admin


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Your input is important to me as your State Representative. This portion of the legislative session revolves around public hearings on proposed bills. Testimony on bill proposals help legislators learn more about how bills may impact the people they serve.

You can monitor the General Assembly website to learn about upcoming what hearings are currently going on. The schedule is found on the calendar, that can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://www.cga.ct.gov/.

Below, I have addressed frequently asked questions regarding the public hearing process.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can testify at a public hearing?
Anyone may testify at a public hearing.

What are the rules?
The rules vary by committee. The public hearing notices (www.cga.ct.gov) provide basic rule information, but the best reference is the website of the committee that is hosting the hearing.

How long should testimony be?
Testimony should take no longer than three minutes to be presented. Extra time may be given if questions are asked by committee members. Be prepared to answer questions from committee members. Additional information may also be submitted for the public record.

Should I bring copies of my testimony?
Written testimony is not required but is recommended. If you bring written testimony, you must bring a copy for every committee member (this number varies by committee). Your testimony can also be submitted electronically by contacting each committee in advance for the correct email address.

What if I can’t attend in person?
Written testimony can be submitted to the committee for consideration even if you are unable to testify in Hartford.

As always, do not hesitate to contact me any time with your thoughts on an issue at:
Christie.Carpino@housegop.ct.gov or call: 860-240-8700

Peddling Poison

Posted on February 2, 2016 by admin


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No community is immune from the destruction of drugs. According to data from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the number of heroin-related deaths in Connecticut has been increasing in recent years. As we watch communities around us suffer dire consequences, we must take steps to help stop heroin and other deadly drugs from destroying the lives of our family and friends.

As a member of both the General Assembly’s Public Health and Judiciary Committees, I have been proactive in my approach in addressing this issue. I have consulted with our first responders, hospital staff and administrators, as well as those struggling with addiction in order to formulate solutions.

My first proposal echoes what I’ve been fighting for in Hartford since I was first elected – holding drug dealers responsible for the poison they peddle. We need to hold drug dealers liable for the sale of drugs that result in the death of the person who purchased the drugs. The second proposal will hold those people accountable for knowingly allowing access by another person to prescription drugs that are controlled substances. The third proposal would increase penalties for dealing synthetic drugs. Additionally, I’ve proposed to make warnings on opiates more visible. Too often people with opiate addictions start off taking prescription medication for legitimate uses, but are unaware of their addicting qualities and are unable to break their dependency.

Legislation cannot prevent every tragedy. I believe, however, that these proposals, along with support services for those struggling to recover from their addictions, and enhancements to Connecticut’s prescription monitoring program, will save lives.

Carpino, Doyle Visit Cromwell Businesses

Posted on February 1, 2016 by admin


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CROMWELL – State Representative Christie Carpino (R-32) and State Senator Paul Doyle (D-9) toured The Computer Company and Sargis Associates, both of which base their operations in Cromwell.

“Small businesses such as The Computer Company and Sargis Associates are the types of employers which provide high quality jobs to Connecticut residents and local and state economy,” stated Representative Carpino. “As a legislature we must create policies that make our state attractive for businesses to operate in and grow. Face to face conversations with local business help to understand how best to promote an environment that is conducive to talent acquisition and retention.”

“Speaking directly to some of the 9th District’s small business owners in Cromwell was an invaluable experience, providing us with the insight on how we can better represent them in the General Assembly,” said Senator Doyle. “Small businesses are the engine that drives our economy forward, and I want to thank The Computer Company and Sargis Associates for taking the time to show us around their impressive facilities.”

The Computer Company serves as an Information Technology solutions service to clients spread across the greater Hartford area. In addition to providing network support, the company constantly combats modern computer hacking techniques that are often targeted to steal data and disable servers by using cutting edge backup support systems.

Sargis Associates is an engineering firm that supports gas pipeline infrastructure throughout the state.

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Carpino Recognized by National Government Group

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin


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Washington, D.C. – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) was recognized by Women in Government (WIG), a national, non-partisan organization of women state legislators formed to address and resolve complex public policy issues, at the organization’s annual November gathering.

“The ability to share ideas and concerns on issues with legislative colleagues from around the country increases my perspective on local issues,” explained Rep. Carpino. Carpino is a member of the Public Health Committee and while in Washington D.C. for the Women in Government Public Health Conference, arranged to visit Capitol Hill and address local concerns with a Connecticut U.S. Senator on behalf of her constituents.

Rep. Carpino was the recipient of the Legislative Champion Award – Eastern Region. Specifically, Carpino was recognized for her work on several legislative initiatives spanning from legislation focused on increasing job opportunities and apprenticeships, coordinating services for the disabled and preserving veterans’ rights.The event was attended by more than 90 female legislators, event sponsors, and honored guests that included Congresswoman Alma Adams, the 100th woman to serve in Congress.

According to WIG, there are 1,783 women state legislators across the country.

Carpino Proposes Term Limit Amendment to State’s Constitution

Posted on December 18, 2015 by admin


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Cromwell – Today State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) submitted a legislative proposal that would amend the Connecticut Constitution by placing a two term limit on the Office of the Governor. Currently, the state’s constitution does not limit how many terms one is allowed to serve as Governor.

“Holding a monopoly over the executive branch does not promote good government,” explained Carpino in regard to her submission of the proposal to the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee (GAE). “Fresh ideas that new candidates provide promote an environment that fosters the creation of sound public policy, regardless of party affiliation.”

The amendment will need to first be considered by the GAE committee before it is put to a vote before the General Assembly. As it is a constitutional amendment the proposal would need to pass both chambers of the legislature with a super majority to be placed on the ballot as a question for the 2016 election. Carpino submitted a similar proposal in the previous legislative session.

The legislature will convene for session on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

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Carpino and Ziobron Applaud Route 66 Improvements

Posted on September 28, 2015 by admin


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Portland/East Hampton – State Representatives Christie Carpino and Melissa Ziobron have been working with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to identify a major public safety issue on Route 66 in Portland and East Hampton. Over the past year there have been multiple accidents of a serious nature, including a fatality, on the stretch of Route 66 in Portland known as “The Ledges.” It is a main thoroughfare for residents throughout Middlesex County to cross the Arrigoni Bridge and access Route 9.

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In a joint letter written to the Department of Transportation, Rep. Carpino and Rep. Ziobron requested assistance in conducting a traffic study of this stretch of state roadway to resolve safety issues, including the possibility of installing rumble strips and additional lighting. They also co-introduced legislation to implement rumble strips, however due to the quick response from DOT to support that initiative, that legislation was not moved forward.

“I commend the swift action of the DOT on this issue to quickly determine that safety improvements were needed, and then to implement a plan to install those improvements in a short time span,” noted Rep. Carpino. “I believe that because of the DOT’s response it will be much safer to travel these roads, especially in inclement weather and at night.”

“I am pleased to see that following our request and by continuing to work together to protect our residents, the DOT worked efficiently to install the much-needed rumble strips on Route 66. If we can potentially prevent an accident – or even worse – a fatality, then this proactive measure will be a success. While this is one step in the right direction, we must continue to be alert and maintain safe speeds to make this stretch of Rte. 66 safe for all of us,” Rep. Ziobron said.

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Carpino Participates in Celebrity Reader Day

Posted on September 24, 2015 by admin


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CROMWELL – State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland) participated in the Celebrity Reader program, put on by Cromwell’s Belden Library. Each month, the library invites a celebrity reader to present a short story to children between the ages of three and five. 

Children’s Librarian, Lois Meltzer, facilitates the Celebrity Reader program and explained that the event not only excites children about reading but showcases the local library as a community hub for academic enrichment. Metlzer and Carpino encouraged the children and their parents to participate in September’s Library Card Sign-Up event. 

“The love of literature is a passion of mine that I enjoy sharing,” said Rep. Carpino. “I hope that sharing one of my favorite stories with these young children will help encourage them to explore all the library has to offer.”  

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Carpino, Middlesex Delegation Call for Special Session

Posted on September 23, 2015 by admin


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Hartford – State Representatives Christie Carpino (Cromwell, Portland), Jesse MacLachlan (Clinton, Killingworth, Westbrook), and Devin Carney (Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybook, Westbrook) joined fellow House & Senate Republican lawmakers and local hospital executives in calling for a special legislative session that would be used to review the $103 million in budget cuts the governor’s office released earlier this week.

The cuts include a $63 million slash to Medicaid reimbursement funding for hospitals. According to hospital executives this cut will truly result in a $190 million loss to hospitals because the state will also forfeit federal match dollars by cutting Medicaid funding at the state level.

Carpino, Carney, and MacLachlan toured the facility this summer to see firsthand how legislative changes will impact Middlesex and have remained in close contact with representatives of the hospital.

“These cuts will be devastating to Middlesex Hospital. Middlesex provides first rate care to patients and is both a major employer and driver of the local economy,’’ said Rep. Carpino. “This penstroke on Friday afternoon by the Governor without any input from legislators will cut almost $6 million dollars from their already lean budget.”

Legislation already passed last session that added administrative hurdles to local hospitals, despite their three no votes. It is a concern that these cuts will further restrict hospital operations.

“The recent cuts announced by Gov. Malloy will inevitably have an adverse impact on our local hospitals,” said Rep. Devin Carney. “My district is served by three hospitals – Middlesex, Yale, and Lawrence & Memorial Hospital – and all three will see a decrease in Medicaid funding at the state and federal level. These cuts may result in layoffs and a potential decline in the quality of services our most vulnerable patients depend on. I commend the governor for thinking about reducing the state’s outrageous spending, but this is not the fiscally responsible place to start.”

“Connecticut taxpayers are already overburdened,” said Rep. MacLachlan. “A $63.4 million reduction in Medicaid payments to hospitals would further exacerbate our citizens at the expense of their health and well-being, and that is a prospect that should absolutely not be on the table.”

According to Republican lawmakers, the result of these cuts would increase hospitals’ tax liability to the state by over $267 million between fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2016, raising their state tax burden to almost $500 million annually.

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REP. CARPINO WELCOMES GILEAD DECISION TO CLOSE CROMWELL GROUP HOME

Posted on August 31, 2015 by admin


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CROMWELL – After months of public debate regarding the opening of a new, privately run mental health group home for six adult men in the Reiman Drive neighborhood, state Representative Christie Carpino (R-Cromwell) and state Senator Paul Doyle (D-Wethersfield) today welcomed the news that the home’s operator, Gilead Community Services of Middletown, is closing the home.

Gilead has informed Rep. Carpino and Sen. Doyle that after the home is closed in the near future, a real estate agent will be hired to place the home on the open real estate market for sale.

“It took some time for them to realize it, but I concur with Gilead’s decision that this neighborhood was never the proper location for a facility of this nature,” Sen. Doyle said. “Obviously there is a need for mental health services across Connecticut and the country, but the style and delivery of those services needs to work in harmony with a community and its municipal leaders in order to be successful for everyone involved.”

“Cromwell residents recognize the need for mental health services, but proper considerations must be taken into account prior to determining the placement of facilities,” said Rep. Carpino. “I am glad Gilead recognized that this location was a poor choice for both the community and Gilead’s residents. A successful transition to the community did not occur in this instance, which is exactly the type of situation that will hopefully be avoided in the future when facility placement procedures and requirements are revisited statewide.”

The group home opened in the spring and was met almost immediately with questions from neighbors, Senator Doyle and Representative Carpino, and town officials about its licensing and notification requirements and its suitability considering its proximity to hundreds of residential homes and Cromwell High School.

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2015 Major Public Acts

Posted on August 12, 2015 by admin


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Several pieces of legislation were debated and passed by the General Assembly during the 2015 Legislative Session and a Special Session that focused on the implementation of the biennium budget.

To help keep you informed, the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has released summaries of the “2015 Major Public Acts.”

Topics outlined in the report includes expansion to social services and resources, fixed charges on residential electric bills, and improvements to our state’s education system. Additionally, the state’s biennium budget is addressed, further explaining changes to town aid and property tax initiatives.

To view the report, please click here.

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DOT Announces Milling and Resurfacing on Route 3 in Cromwell

Posted on July 24, 2015 by admin


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I would like to notify you about a project the CT Department of Transportation recently announced. A milling and resurfacing project will begin on Route 3 in Cromwell next week. Work is expected to begin next Tuesday, July 28th with the milling portion scheduled to conclude Monday, August 10th. The resurfacing portion in Cromwell is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 8, 2015 and conclude Tuesday, September 15, 2015. 

Expect lane closures along Route 3 starting at the Route 372 junction in Cromwell to the Route 160 (New Britain Avenue) junction in Rocky Hill from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Sunday – Thursday evenings).

Please plan your travel accordingly as delays are expected.

The official DOT release is below.

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Nighttime Milling and Resurfacing Project, Route 3 in Rocky Hill and Cromwell and Route 160 in Rocky Hill. 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a milling and resurfacing project will be performed on Route 3 in Rocky Hill and Cromwell and Route 160 in Rocky Hill.  

The project consists of milling and resurfacing a 4.36 mile segment of Route 3 in Rocky Hill and Cromwell and Route 160 in Rocky Hill.  The milling segment of this project is scheduled to occur on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 to Monday, August 10, 2015.  The resurfacing segment of this project is anticipated to be performed on Sunday, August 16, 2015 to Thursday, September 3, 2015 in Rocky Hill and on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 to Tuesday, September 15, 2015 in Cromwell. 

This project is included in the Department of Transportation’s 2015 Vendor Resurfacing Program.

LANE CLOSURE INFO

Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 3 beginning at Route 372 to the north junctions of Route 160 (New Britain Avenue) in Cromwell and Rocky Hill.  Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Sunday – Thursday evenings).

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.  Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.

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Rep. Carpino, Middlesex Delegation Visit Hospital

Posted on July 20, 2015 by admin


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MIDDLETOWNState Representatives Christie Carpino (Cromwell, Portland), Jesse MacLachlan (Clinton, Killingworth, Westbrook), and Devin Carney (Lyme, Old Lyme, Saybook, Westbrook) visited Middlesex Hospital on Friday in order to tour the facility and discuss the impact of legislation affecting hospitals. The legislators met with Vincent G. Capece, President and C.E.O, as well as Dr. Arthur “Bud” McDowell, V.P. Clinical Affairs. Hospital operations were a central focus of the 2015 Legislative Session, as several proposals from the Majority Party would have reduced Medicaid funding and increased taxes.

The controversial biennium budget, which all 3 legislators voted against, includes a large increase to the hospital taxes. As a result, hospitals – including Middlesex – are forced to look at operation costs to remain functional.

While meeting with the hospital’s top officials it was evident that public policy has a direct effect on the hospital’s overall business. For instance, staffing levels must be constantly monitored and adjusted based on patient levels, which are consistently changing. As a result, administrative and operational procedures are constantly being streamlined. Therefore, the patient experience is ultimately challenged by the shrinking pool of resources.

“Hospitals in Connecticut provide top notch care to everyone that comes in the door. They deliver quality health care and are major employers,” said Rep. Carpino, a member of the Public Health Committee.

“I was glad to spend the time touring the facility and learning more about the effects this biennium budget will have on the hospital and its workforce,” noted Rep. MacLachlan. “Middlesex operates at the highest level of excellence, stressing quality, safety, and experience and I’m comforted knowing they have a presence in the 35th district.”

Rep. Carney also explained, “Our local hospitals are often taken for granted by the legislature despite the fact that they provide so much good for our communities. It is up to us in the General Assembly to make sure that we preserve the ability for all of our constituents to have easy access to quality care. However, if the current trend of increased taxing continues, smaller hospitals will be forced to consolidate or, in some cases, close.”

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CARPINO FIGHTS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY

Posted on July 14, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD – Legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell/Portland), aimed at providing more autonomy to the disabled community, has passed both legislative chambers unanimously and was signed into law on June 19th. Public Act 15-80 – AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE P.R.I. COMMITTEE CONCERNING THE FEDERAL ACHIEVING A BETTER LIFE EXPERIENCE ACT, or “ABLE” Act, creates a system in which a disabled individual, or one’s family, can finance the higher cost of living with a tax free savings account.

“All families in Connecticut will now have the opportunity to safeguard their children’s future,” said Rep. Carpino, who helped shepherd the bill through the legislative process as co-chair of the General Assembly’s Program Review and Investigations (PRI) Committee. “They will now be able to set aside money to plan for their loved ones and not jeopardize their future benefits. I’m proud that Connecticut will be in the forefront of states that are offering peace of mind to families of those with disabilities.”

In passing this legislation the State of Connecticut followed the Federal Government’s lead on this initiative, which passed its own broader version in December of 2014. The framework for a better life experience has been created, but now the state has the opportunity to implement it.

The new law states that in order for one to utilize such an account the expense must be categorized as a “qualified disability expense.” For instance, monies coming from this specific account would need to be allocated for travel, education, housing, and living assistance fees. Additionally, an individual is limited to just one of these tax free savings accounts.

In addition to the successful passage of the “ABLE” act, Public Act 15-209 – AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE P.R.I. COMMITTEE CONCERNING TRANSITIONAL SERVICES FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER, was favorably reported out of the PRI Committee and passed both chambers with bi-partisan support. This law, which was signed July 2nd, requires the State Board of Education to draft a bill of rights for parents of children receiving special education services.

Parents and advocates, from both Cromwell and Portland, voiced their support for the bill of rights in order to guarantee that the rights of these students and their parents are protected when receiving special education and related services.  Additionally, the school board, starting in sixth grade, must create a student success plan for the child.

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A Few Thoughts On The Budget Implementer

Posted on July 7, 2015 by admin


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Dear fellow residents of the 32nd District,

A bill with more than 600 pages, 500 sections and 21,000 lines was presented to many of us at the Capitol on the same day we were forced to vote on it. This budget implementer, as it is called, did far more than implement the budget. In fact, it crammed in dozens of pieces of legislation that did not survive the regular session. Many of these pieces failed to make it out their respective chambers, died in the committee process or in other cases, didn’t even have a public hearing. Similar to the original budget, one party negotiated it behind closed doors and refused to consider good ideas from across the aisle.

I cast a no vote. The public deserves better.

The budget that is now being implemented is insulting to Connecticut residents. New property, income and sales taxes on middle class residents total nearly $1.4 billion. Spending increases, the size of government increases, and the hurdles and costs to live in Connecticut also increase. All of this follows the largest tax increase in Connecticut history, a mere four years ago.

How will this impact us here in the 32nd District?

Need surgery at an outpatient facility? Plan to purchase shoes or clothes? Want to use a parking garage? Own a home? New taxes, increased taxes and property tax reductions will impact us on a daily basis. Connecticut employers including hospitals were also impacted. The creators of this budget put their heads in the sand and have put the fiscal and literal health of our residents at risk.

I want you to know that I will continue to fight for you. Have a wonderful summer and don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Always,

Christie Carpino
800-842-1423
Christie.carpino@housegop.ct.gov

Carpino’s Veterans’ Day Bill Signed Into Law In Time For Independence Day

Posted on June 30, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD — Veterans at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home will now have a proper observance of Veterans Day, thanks to Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell, Portland).

A veteran made Rep. Carpino aware of the lack of a proper observance on Veterans’ Day while she was on the premises listening to concerns about the home. She vowed to take action.

Carpino proposed House Bill 5110, An Act Concerning A Veterans’ Day Observance At The Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home, which bill will require the state of Connecticut to hold suitable exercises at the Veterans’ Home on November 11. HB 5110 was recently signed into law by the Governor.

“It’s very appropriate that this bill was signed into law so close to Independence Day. We are able to celebrate our independence thanks to the generations of men and women that have fought to protect our freedoms,” said Rep. Carpino.

“Connecticut veterans who call Rocky Hill home will now know that we recognize their sacrifices. I proposed this bill on behalf of all Connecticut veterans,” she said.

Carpino, Mulligan Oppose New Tax Hikes

Posted on June 9, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representatives,  Christie Carpino (R-32) and Gayle Mulligan (R-55) loudly voiced their opposition to the massive tax hike on the middle class that passed in the House and Senate last week.

Both representatives cast their votes against the new budget plan that will increase state spending and unfairly hamper businesses across the state. The spending and tax package, which passed narrowly by a vote of 73-70 in the House, will raise taxes on hard-working Connecticut families and businesses by more than $1.5 billion.

During the long debate on the house floor, Rep. Carpino expressed her concerns to her colleagues.

“When I was elected, Portland residents asked me to do just one thing – to cast every vote with their best interests at heart. This budget is exactly the opposite and will hurt every one of them. I had to vote no,” she said.

“This is the most dangerous piece of legislation I’ve seen all year. It puts families at risk. Parents will have to make painful choices for their families, and may be forced to look elsewhere for work. Seniors may need to leave the state they have called home for their entire lives. This budget is reckless and I can’t support it,” said Rep. Carpino.

Rep. Mulligan spoke during deliberations and raised an amendment to save the Resident State Trooper and Community Investment Act. Both programs will face funding reductions in the 55th district if the budget is signed by the Governor.

“If funding is reduced for our Resident State Trooper programs, towns of the 55th district will be placed in dire fiscal positions, which could put public safety in question. This budget is full of broken promises to our residents, and will especially negatively impact our small towns,” she said.

Of the $1.5 billion in total new taxes, $475 million will come from eliminating previously scheduled tax cuts for shoppers, businesses, insurance companies and working class residents. The budget will increase income taxes by $442.2 million over two years, and will reduce the property tax credit by 1/3, impacting every homeowner in the state.

“The passage of this budget is devastating to Connecticut. Our small towns and middle class working families, especially in the 55th District, will not benefit. I could not support it under any circumstances. I hope that the Governor keeps his promise to not raise taxes and vetoes it as soon as possible,” said Rep. Mulligan.

If signed by Governor Malloy, the budget will impose the second highest tax increase in Connecticut history on residents, following the $1.8 billion increase in 2011.

Carpino Champions Veterans’ Day Observance at Rocky Hill Home

Posted on June 1, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD — Official Veterans’ Day Ceremonies are one step closer to being held at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home. A bill sponsored by Rep. Christie Carpino passed unanimously out of the House Chamber, May 30. The bill now moves to the Senate.

House Bill 5110, An Act Concerning A Veterans’ Day Observance At The Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home, will require the state of Connecticut to hold suitable exercises in the Veterans’ Home on November 11, recognizing veterans there for their military service.

“When I first learned that there was no observance on Veterans’ Day at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ home, I was shocked and dismayed, as were my colleagues,” said Rep. Carpino.

“My shock quickly turned to outrage, and I became dedicated to fix this wrong. I proposed this bill on behalf of every veteran in the state, so Connecticut can affirm its support and appreciation of the sacrifices of these brave men and women,” she said.

Recent public hearings were held at the Veterans’ Home on potential improvements for residential services there. Dozens of veterans, residents and public officials, attended and spoke in favor of these much needed changes. A veteran mentioned that the Home did not hold a ceremony on Veterans Day, and Carpino vowed to take action.

“I’d like to thank everyone who had a hand in getting this important legislation passed, and everyone who attended our public hearings and testified, on behalf of our state’s veterans,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to a proper observance of Veterans’ Day next year on Nov. 11, at the Rocky Hill Veterans Home,” said Rep. Carpino.

Fittingly, this bill passed, May, 30, as the town of Cromwell held its annual Memorial Day Celebration

Three hundred veterans currently live in the Rocky Hill Veterans Home. It was constructed in 1938 and opened for occupancy in 1940.

Rep. Carpino Supports Campaign Finance Reform Proposal

Posted on May 29, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Christie Carpino supported a Republican-introduced proposal that will completely revamp Connecticut’s Clean Elections Program.

This legislation will eliminate grants to unopposed candidates, reduce Citizens’ Election Program grants by 25%, and expand the prohibition to prevent family members of candidates participating in CEP from being paid more than $1,000 by any candidate receiving CEP funds.

“These reforms will save our taxpayers money and bring good government to Connecticut by strengthening election campaign laws,” said Rep. Carpino. “Connecticut residents deserve clean elections,” she said.

Rep. Carpino introduced similar concepts earlier this session: House Bill 5039, An Act Prohibiting The Increase of Grants Under The Citizens’ Election Program to Prohibit CEP grant amounts, and House Bill 5050, An Act Reducing The Amount Of Grants Under CEP.

The bill now moves to the Senate for a vote.

Bill of Rights for Students with Autism Approved by House

Posted on May 28, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD — Parents of children receiving special education in Connecticut will now be entitled to a bill of rights outlining educational and transitional services available to them.

House Bill 6737, An Act Implementing The Recommendations Of The PRI Committee Concerning Transitional Services For Youth And Young Adults With Autism, passed today in the House Chamber.

Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell, Portland) Chair of the Program Review and Investigations Committee cosponsored this bill and oversaw its development from its start as a proposal.

Carpino Chamber 5282“We are a leader in educating our students, including those on the autism spectrum. The bill of rights, required by this legislation, will guarantee that our students and families are receiving the information and options they need to make appropriate decisions for their future,” said Rep. Carpino.

The State Board of Education will be required to draft this bill of rights for parents of children receiving special education services to guarantee that their rights are protected.

The right to request transition services for a child receiving special education who is between ages 18 and 21; the right to create a student success plan for the child, and the right of the child to receive realistic and specific post-graduation goals as part of his or her individualized education program will all be included.

HB 6737 will also require the Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services to report annually to the Legislature on new initiatives and proposals, a description of unmet needs of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and information concerning the types of waiver services provided.

The next step for HB 6737 is the State Senate.

Carpino Leads Efforts to Reform Rocky Hill Veterans Home

Posted on May 27, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD — Connecticut Veterans will now have a voice at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home due to the efforts of Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell, Portland).

DSC_1291House Bill No. 6855, An Act Implementing The Recommendations of the PRI Committee Regarding Residential Services At the Veterans’ Home, passed in the House Chamber, May 26.

“This legislation is very overdue. These recommendations are needed to properly honor and serve the men and women veterans who served this great nation,” said, Rep. Carpino, House Chair of the PRI Committee.

The PRI Committee conducted an in-depth study on the home and proposed numerous recommendations for its improvement. Earlier this year, Carpino took a three hour tour of the home with members of the committee to better understand the needs of the residents. In addition, multiple public hearings were held at the home and the Capitol.

“The mission of the Veterans’ Home is to rehabilitate and assist its residents. Our study identified a number of areas where it has fallen short. We owe it to our veterans to provide them the skills and help they need to remain healthy and productive members of their communities,” said Rep. Carpino.

The bill requires the Commissioner to report back to the General Assembly regarding the feasibility of recommendations including, the provision of vocational skills for residents, care of the Home’s aging population, and procedures for safety, security and rule violations.

“The admission of veterans with psychiatric histories will also be addressed,” said Rep. Carpino.

“This bill also provides the opportunity for the Home’s trustees to directly hear the concerns of residents, and empowers them to mandate and enforce changes on their behalf. The trustees will now have more oversight and will have access to information that is shared with Connecticut’s new Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner,” said Rep. Carpino.

The Board of Trustees will now also have Veterans’ Home residents as full voting members.

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A PRI Committee public hearing was held at the Connecticut State Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill, March 5.

More than one hundred veterans, residents, public officials, representatives of veteran advocacy groups, and legislators packed the facility’s dining hall during a recent public hearing to support these new recommendation proposals.

The next step for HB 6855 is the State Senate, where it must be passed before going before the Governor.

Carpino’s ABLE Act Bill Passes House

Posted on May 19, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD — House Bill 6738, An Act Implementing The Recommendations of the Program Review And Investigations Committee Concerning The Federal Achieving A Better Life Experience Act, was passed today in the House Chamber.

PRI Committee co-chair, State Rep. Christie Carpino (32), introduced this bill, which will require Connecticut to establish an ABLE program modeled after the Federal ABLE Act, passed last year.

Carpino - Session3“Today we had a positive impact and made a real difference for families across the state by providing an opportunity for them to better plan for the future,” said Rep. Carpino.

The ABLE Act program encourages and helps individuals and families save funds to pay for expenses related to disability and blindness.

“Every parent wants to provide for the future of their children, and this bill will put families raising children with disabilities on a level playing field,” said Rep. Carpino

ABLE accounts will be available to individuals who are disabled before age 26. Account funds can be used to pay for education, health care, and other expenses related to the disability. Interest earned in the accounts is tax free.

“Families will now have the opportunity to set aside money to plan for their loved ones and not jeopardize their future benefits. Connecticut will now be in the forefront of the group of states implementing this great program.” She said.

The Federal ABLE Act, signed into law, Dec. 2014, allows people with disabilities save funds without risking eligibility for government programs like Social Security

House Bill 6738 was approved by the State Senate, May 29, and now must be signed by the governor to become law.

 

Bill to Study Group Homes Passes House

Posted on May 15, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD – H.B. 6483, An Act Establishing A Task force To Study Group Home Distribution, was passed on the CT House floor, May 14.

Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell, Portland) co-sponsored this bill, and shepherded it through the House of Representatives in response to concerns raised in both Cromwell and across Connecticut. H.B. 6483 was sponsored by Rep. Mark Tweedie (Manchester, Glastonbury).

The task force will study the placements, densities, distributions, and financial implications of group homes throughout the state.

“The placement of group homes often raises safety questions for both facility residents and for the communities in which they’re placed. The current laws surrounding their locations place financial stresses on their host communities. We want to give a voice to all stakeholders to find a solution that respects the rights and needs of residents and municipalities,” said Rep. Carpino

“We want to help provide a good fit for group home residents so that they can be successful and thrive in their communities,” she said.

“Group homes have been placed in several of the communities in our district, raising safety concerns and placing a financial burden on the municipalities that have to support them,” said Senator Paul Doyle (D-9), who also co-sponsored the bill.

“I look forward to this comprehensive study that will look into all aspects of the group homes, including placement, and I hope this study can lead to a more equitable way of distributing these facilities,” he said.

The task force will submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly in time for the 2016 legislative session.

The bill now awaits passage in the State Senate.

Rep. Carpino to hold Office Hours

Posted on April 28, 2015 by admin


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Rep. Christie Carpino invites residents of Portland and Cromwell to meet her for office hours, May 4 and May 6.

She encourages those interested to make an appointment to talk about any issues, questions or concerns related to state government.

Office Hours will be held in Portland, May 4, from 6:00- 7:30 p.m., at the Portland Library, in the Van Beynum Room, 20 Freestone Avenue.

And in Cromwell, Wednesday, May 6, from 8-9:30 a.m., at the Town Hall, Room 222, 41 West St.

Appointments can be made by calling at (860) 240-8700, sending an email to christie.carpino@housegop.ct.gov, or by navigating to the “Contact Me” page at www.cthousegop.com.

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Carpino Commends Blueprint for Prosperity: New plan would provide economic relief and restore funding to state services

Posted on April 24, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD – Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell, Portland) and fellow Republican legislators outlined a new two-year spending plan for Connecticut, addressing the state’s immediate needs and future savings.

“Our proposal demonstrates that it is possible to create a balanced budget that does not rely on raising taxes on our residents and businesses, or stripping needed services to our state’s most vulnerable,” said Rep. Carpino. 

The Blueprint for Prosperity, would restore vital social service programs for the state’s most vulnerable residents, reform taxes, and institute major government reforms, saving taxpayers millions. The plan would also restore funding to military funerals.

The republican budget proposal would benefit multiple socioeconomic interests: taxpayers, consumers, the developmentally disabled, businesses, non-profits, municipalities and hospitals.

Constituents from across Rep. Carpino’s district have reached out to her with concerns about some of the cuts in Governor Malloy’s budget proposal. The new Republican budget proposal answered those concerns. Details from The Blueprint for Prosperity include:

  • Fully restoring the honor guard for military funerals
  • Funding a private provider cost of living adjustment to benefit nursing homes, care facilities and nonprofit social services providers
  • Phasing out income tax exemption on all pension income under $100,000
  • Restoring funding for Regional Fire Training Schools
  • Restoring funding for Connecticut libraries
  • Restoring $18.7 million in mental health and substance abuse funds
  • Fully funding a $67 billion transportation improvement initiative over the next 30 years and protecting the Special Transportation Fund

The new Republican budget would provide much needed tax relief. The plan calls for restoring the exemption on clothing and shoes under $50 and restoring full tax freedom week. It also eliminates caps on business tax credits, and eliminates the business entity tax.

The Blueprint for Prosperity calls for the elimination of Governor Malloy’s staff raises and will require him to fulfill his 2011 ‘shared sacrifice’ promise in identifying $253 million in unmet savings.

“Connecticut can once again be a state where residents can grow-up, raise families, and retire. This budget, which is honest and balanced, will help us get there,” said Rep. Carpino.

For more information on The Blueprint for Prosperity plan, click here.

The 2015 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn, June 3.

Rep. Carpino Welcomes Victorian Inspirations to Portland

Posted on April 22, 2015 by admin


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PORTLAND— State Representative Christie Carpino was on hand for the grand opening of Victorian Inspirations, Tuesday. The cultural gift store and boutique, owned by Ellen Foster, specializes in handbags, clothes, dinnerware, glasses, and much more, crafted and designed by Foster, and local artists and manufacturers.

“I’m excited to welcome Victorian Inspirations to Portland,” said Rep. Carpino. “The shop is beautiful and fits flawlessly with the atmosphere of our community,” she said.

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Rep. Christie Carpino, Brenda S. Mierzejewski, and Ellen Foster celebrate the opening of Victorian Inspirations, Tuesday in Portland. Carpino purchased Mierzejeski’s signature product, Lip Luxe.

Local Portland celebrity, and owner of Mizzi Cosmetics, Brenda S. Mierzejewski, was on board for the ribbon cutting. Mierzejewski recently had her ‘Lip Luxe’ lip balm featured at the 87th Academy Awards Ceremony in more than 200 celebrity ‘swag’ bags.

Carpino said it’s great to have business booming in Portland.

Following a vivid and interesting career, Foster said she decided to follow her dream and open a boutique. She said she chose Portland due to its small town charm and the friendly residents she’s met over the years.

 

Stay away from the kids in Portland and Cromwell!

Posted on April 14, 2015 by admin


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We Must Keep Drugs Out Of The Hands Of Our Children!

As state legislators, our primary job is to protect the health and welfare of Connecticut residents, especially our children. When a piece of legislation comes before me, I ask myself the following question:

Will this help or hurt our state’s citizens?

A bill was voted on in the Judiciary Committee last week, in the wee hours of the morning, which erases the 1500 ft. drug-free school zone used to protect school children from drug users and dealers. Senate Bill 952 will also reduce felony drug possession charges to slap-on-the-wrist misdemeanors.

My disgust cannot be any greater. Who is asking for this and why?

Parents do their best to teach their kids about the dangers of drug use. Our schools have multiple programs that teach students to discourage dangerous addiction habits.  I voted against this bill, yet, it passed out of committee.

The creators of this bill claim that their intent is to give drug offenders a second chance at turning their lives around by reducing charges to simple misdemeanors. This is a falsehood.

Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane from the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice agreed when he testified against this bill in February.

“S.B. No. 952 that would eviscerate the drug possession statutes and reclassify a host of serious crimes as misdemeanors. The legislation is not only ill-advised, it is also poorly written, “ Kane testified. He also explained that Connecticut drug offenders often receive multiple chances before they face any threat of long term incarceration.

As a society that safeguards the safety and the health of our citizens, we should be more concerned with a child’s first chance. We have to make drugs like heroin and cocaine harder for kids to get in their hands, and we have to punish those who prey on our children.

I have a message for those who side with the hardcore drug users who may now more easily roam through our communities. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

Stay away from the kids in Portland and Cromwell!

Manufacturing Jobs Coming to Area: Carpino and Cromwell officials tour GKN

Posted on March 27, 2015 by admin


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GKN Aerospace President and General Manager, David Olchowski (left) gave Cromwell officials a presentation on expansion plans, and a tour of the GKN facility,  March 26.

CROMWELL — High-tech manufacturing is thriving in Connecticut. GKN Aerospace Services Structure Corporation has plans to hire more workers and expand significantly within Connecticut in the near future.

Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell, Portland) joined Cromwell Mayor, Enzo Faienza, Deputy Mayor, Dick Newton, Councilman, Frank Emanuelle, Councilman, Al Waters and Economic Development Commission members, for a tour of the Cromwell site on Thursday.

Rep. Carpino, who toured the facility four years ago, said she returned to learn new details about GKN’s growth and plans for expansion.

GKN opened its Cromwell location over a decade ago to manufacture fan cases for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter used by the U.S. Military. GKN has expanded the number of products they manufacture in Cromwell to include rotor blade tip caps and numerous composite parts used in civilian and military aircraft throughout the world.

“GKN is an industry leader. They tackle difficult industry problems and utilize sophisticated manufacturing processes for solutions. GKN has demonstrated its commitment to Cromwell through expanding in Connecticut and through their dedication to the greater Cromwell community,” said Rep. Carpino.

On March 17, Connecticut’s Bond Commission awarded GKN a grant to assist with its development and capability advancement. $1 million will be awarded to GKN this year. Installments are scheduled through 2018 if the company creates 100 jobs within six years.

Cromwell mayor, Enzo Faienza, said he is pleased that GKN is scheduled to receive these funds, and that new jobs will be created in Cromwell.

“It was a true pleasure meeting with the GKN team and touring their wonderful Cromwell facility. They are a major leader in the aerospace industry and I’m proud of the growth and success they have achieved in Cromwell,” he said.

GKN President and General Manager, David Olchowski, said the company’s Cromwell expansion plans includes developing new technology and production facilities.

Olchowski also said GKN has plans to work more closely with the area’s schools and community colleges to promote manufacturing and recruit new employees.

“By working with our local schools and colleges, the youth of Cromwell and the surrounding area will benefit. Manufacturing jobs are critical to our town and state,” said Emanuelle.

Lyme Disease Bill Clears Committee; Carpino: Legislature heard voices of residents

Posted on March 23, 2015 by admin


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Connecticut Map TransparentRep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell, Portland) is pleased to announce that House Bill 5629, An Act Designating May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Connecticut, was passed in the Government Administration and Elections Committee, March 19.

This bill would establish May, each year, as Lyme disease awareness month in order to heighten public awareness of the presence and available treatments for Lyme disease. The bill language states that suitable exercises will be held in the State Capitol for the observance.

Rep Carpino proposed this bill on behalf of colleagues and constituents that suffer from the ill effects of Lyme Disease.

“Lyme Disease is a serious condition. We’ve seen it impact our friends and neighbors. Awareness is the first step towards our ultimate goal of prevention,” said Rep. Carpino.

Cromwell resident, Elena Zajac, suffers from late stage Neurological Lyme Disease. She thanked Rep. Carpino for her role in proposing this legislation.

“This is a step forward in recognizing one of the most misdiagnosed, misunderstood and devastating diseases in our state and country as a whole. Lyme is commonly believed to be difficult to contact and easy to cure, however that belief is anything but true. Lyme and its many co-infections have reached epidemic levels. Connecticut is an endemic area for this vector borne bacteria,” said Zajac.

“It’s time to talk about Lyme and stop trying to ignore the truth about how devastating and potentially deadly this bacterial disease can be,” she said.

California has designated the month of May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

HB 5629 will soon be voted on in the House Chamber to become law.

Carpino’s Good Samaritan Law Closer to Passage

Posted on March 19, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD— Rep. Christie Carpino, (Cromwell, Portland) is proud to announce that a bill she proposed, HB 6720, An Act Concerning Immunity For Those Entering Cars to Aid Children, was passed in the legislature’s transportation committee, March 18.

The concept of this bill is to provide “good samaritan” protection to any individual who enters the vehicle of another to rescue a child that he or she believes is in imminent danger.

This law would provide immunity for ‘good samaritans,’ but according to the bill language, the individual must not use more force than is necessary, and must wait with the child until law enforcement or emergency services arrive

Chip Darius from Cromwell firm, Safety Priority Consultants, LLC, has been a major proponent and advocate for this bill since its conception. He said he is thrilled that it is on its way to becoming a law.

“People need to act quickly to save children from cars. Fear of being sued delays the rescue. This bill will give people confidence to do the right thing, and lives will be saved in Connecticut,” said Darius.

Rep. Carpino said she is pleased with traction of this bill. She said the bill purposefully does not specify between hot and cold seasons because children are in danger when they are alone in vehicles regardless of temperature.

In July, a Ridgefield toddler died after being left alone for hours in a vehicle.

“This happens too often in our state. A child was left in a car on a freezing cold day last month in Southington. Our hope is that this legislation will empower people to save children in harm’s way. And keeping this issue relevant and in the public eye may help remind parents of their responsibilities,” she said.

Carpino said she modeled this bill after similar Tennessee ‘good samaritan’ legislation that went into effect in 2014.

HB 6720 is a few votes away from becoming a law, and first must be passed in the Judiciary Committee, of which Carpino is a member, before being sent to the House floor.

Carpino Responds to Veterans’ Concerns at Public Hearing

Posted on March 10, 2015 by admin


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PRI vets7ROCKY HILL — A General Assembly, Program Review and Investigation Committee, public hearing was held at the Connecticut State Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill, March 5.

“The state of Connecticut has not done enough to support you. This has to change immediately,” said, Rep. Christie Carpino (R-32) in her opening remarks.

The audience of mostly veterans, cheered.  Carpino, co-chair of the PRI committee has made it her priority to champion enforcing changes at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home, since learning about the facilities deplorable conditions, including the fact that the facility has not celebrated Veterans’ Day in an official capacity on November 11th.

More than one hundred veterans, residents, public officials, representatives of veteran advocacy groups, and legislators packed into the Veterans’ Home dining room to hear testimony on Proposed House Bill, 6855, An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Legislative PRI Committee Regarding Residential Services at the Veterans’ Home.  The recommendations arise from an in depth study of the home and services provided to the veterans.

The veterans testified about their concerns with employee accountability in the facility, the inability of staff members to provide appropriate levels of assistance, and physical improvements needed immediately in the facility. For example, a World War II veteran testified that he is disappointed by the treatment of veterans by staff, and emphasized residents at the facility could use more mentally stimulating activities as many residents spend their time languishing.

Rep. Carpino thanked the veterans for their service to the country and for providing testimony. She announced that after discovering that the Veteran’s Home has not held ceremonies to recognize their residents on November 11, she introduced a bill to establish an observance.

She reported that this bill has been voted favorably in the Veterans Affairs Committee, and has been referred to the entire House of Representatives for a vote.   PRI vets8

If HB 5110 is implemented, the state of Connecticut will be required to hold suitable exercises in the Veterans’ Home on November 11, recognizing veterans there for their military service.

The Residents and Veterans were pleased to hear this, but Carpino said there is much more work to be done to improve the facility.

The PRI Committee’s, Proposed HB 6855 recommendations includes:

1.      Providing better transitional and permanent supportive housing.

2.      Improving substance abuse treatment

3.      Increasing accountability of Veterans’ Home finances

4.      Increasing efforts to integrate residents into the community

A favorable vote on HB 5110 is expected in the coming week.

“Improvements are long overdue.  Connecticut owes this much to the veterans here for their service,” said Carpino.

The Rocky Hill Veterans’ home is currently home to 217 domicile residents, and 117 hospital patients it was constructed in 1938 and opened for occupancy in 1940.

Protect your money: AARP hosts forum on scam artists

Posted on March 9, 2015 by admin


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Rep. Christie Carpino (R-32) announced today that AARP is hosting , The Con-Artist’s Playbook, a Deep Look Into The Mind of Scam Artists, Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Covenant Village of Cromwell Events Center, 52 Missionary Road, Cromwell.

This event is open to the public and free of charge.

The Con-Artist’s Playbook is an inside look at how scammers think, so you can protect yourself and your family against identity theft and fraud. The Con-Artist’s Playbook was developed based on hundreds of undercover fraud tapes and hours of interviews with victims and con artists. It shines a spotlight on the common strategies scammers use and provides tools to use in defense of common con artist tricks.

If you can’t make it to the event, feel free to visit the  AARP Fraud Watch Network, website.

CT 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge

Posted on March 5, 2015 by admin


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The CT U.S. Small Business Association and the Women’s Business Centers of CT are sponsoring a competition at the University of Hartford, to showcase the innovation and entrepreneurship of local women, March 2-16.

The CT Innovate HER Challenge is nationwide competition searching for innovative products and services that can help impact and empower the lives of women.

The Challenge is seeking products or services that:

  • Have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families
  • Have the potential for commercialization
  • Fill a need in the marketplace

To apply and to learn more about the competition, click here.

The final round of the challenge will be held in Washington D.C. during National Small Business Week May 4-8, 2015.

National Finalists will compete for up to $30,000 in cash prizes.

The competition is open to both men and women. CT residents and CT-based businesses may apply. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Women’s Business Centers are a national network of nearly 100 educational centers designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses.

If you know someone who may be interested, please pass this information along.

Joint Public Hearing re-tackles drones

Posted on February 26, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD — How can drone use be properly regulated for law enforcement use without intruding on privacy rights of individuals?

This is the question, Rep. Christie Carpino (R-32), and her colleagues discussed at a Program Review and Investigations Committee, Joint Public Hearing, Feb. 25, in the Legislative Office Building.

Rep. Carpino, Co-Chair of the Committee, said answering tough questions from advocates, residents, and law enforcement about drone use is a necessary step in helping protect the privacy of Connecticut residents.

At the Public Hearing, Committee members reiterated that they had no wish to hamper law enforcement efforts to protect their communities, but were concerned that police drone use could expand past their intended use and encroach on the privacy of residents.

Legislation discussed at the hearing included, SB 974, An Act Implementing The Recommendations Of The PRI Committee Concerning The Use Of Drones By Law Enforcement Officers And Other State Employees.

This bill would establish standards, registration and reporting requirements for the use of drones by law enforcement officers and other state employees.

Also discussed was, Proposed Senate Bill 971, An Act Implementing The Recommendations Of The PRI Committee Concerning The Criminal Use of Drones.

This bill would repeal subdivision (5) of section 15-34 of the general statutes and amend its definition of ‘aircraft’ by adding: Aircraft does not include unmanned aerial vehicles.

In October, the PRI Committee held a similar Public Hearing and heard from a panel of drone experts and the public on potential regulations. Rep. Carpino, fellow legislators and members of the PRI Committee also attended a drone demonstration on the Capitol green, to see a drone in action, and better understand drone capabilities.

Included in their findings, the Committee recommended prohibiting the weaponization  of drones, and recommended mandating that all government and municipal drones be registered through the Office of Policy and Management.

The commercial use of drones is currently banned by the FAA.

Rep. Carpino Announces Public Hearing at Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home

Posted on February 24, 2015 by admin


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Rep. Christie Carpino, Co-Chair of the General Assembly’s Program Review and Investigations Committee (PRI), announced today that an important public hearing will be held Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Connecticut State Veterans’ Home, 287 West St. Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

One bill will be heard at the hearing: HB 6855, An act implementing the recommendations of the legislative program review and investigations committee regarding residential services at the Veterans’ Home.

An at-length study was conducted by nonpartisan PRI staff, at Rep. Carpino’s request, and this bill’s recommendations are based on their findings.

This bill’s intent is to implement several recommendations aimed at improving the facility’s services, including:

  • Improving collaboration, oversight, program monitoring, and opportunities for residents’ views to be heard
  • Transforming the Home’s domiciliary care into transitional and permanent supportive housing in terms of program design, staffing, rules, responsibilities, fees, and accommodations
  • Ensuring the Home’s substance use treatment services are high quality and possibly accessible to more veterans
  • Maintaining medical service quality at the Health Care Facility

Rep. Carpino encourages veterans, residents, and anyone with an interest in this bill to testify at the public hearing. Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m., March 5th, at the Veterans’ Home. Written testimony can be emailed in Word or PDF format to PRItestimony@cga.ct.gov.

Click here for instructions on how to testify.

“It’s important for us to create public policy to help ensure a better quality of life for our veterans, and imperative to acknowledge how very important these brave men and women are to our communities and state,” said Rep. Carpino

The Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee was established by statute in 1972 to strengthen the General Assembly’s capacity for legislative oversight. The twelve-member committee is equally bipartisan and bicameral.

Reps. Carpino and Ziobron Deliver Safety Measures for Rt. 66

Posted on February 11, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD –State Representatives Christie Carpino (Cromwell and Portland) & Melissa Ziobron (Colchester, East Haddam, and East Hampton) proposed a bill that would provide more stringent safety measures for route 66. The bill, an act concerning construction of rumble strips on route 66 (H.B. 6341) seeks to construct rumble strips on various parts of route 66.

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Carpino and Ziobron also penned a letter to Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner James Redeker last month asking for assistance in conducting a traffic study of this stretch of state roadway for possible safety improvements, including the possibility of rumble strips and additional lighting.  On Tuesday, Commissioner Redeker answered their letter and committed to installing centerline rumble strips on Rt. 66 in Portland between Payne Boulevard and the Portland/East Hampton town line, including “The Ledges” as a result of study conducted by DOT.

“This stretch of road has been the site of multiple fatalities and serious accidents over the past year. I hope the installation of rumble strips will help save lives and keep people safe. There is no room for error on this section of Route 66 and while we must all use caution, rumble strips may prevent a head-on collision,” said Rep. Carpino.

Carpino and Ziobron began working with local and state officials in late 2013 to improve the safety of this stretch of road and had many of the signs refreshed in 2014.

“Rumble strips will serve to alert distracted drivers and in many instances may prevent accidents, when only seconds matter. While this dangerous stretch of road is within Portland boundaries, thousands of East Hampton and area residents travel it daily” said Rep. Ziobron.

The Portland Fire Department Chief, Robert Shea, expressed his thanks to Rep. Carpino. “Your request and approval by DOT for the installation of rumble strips as well as additional signage is a critical start in the process of making Rt. 66 in the area known as the ‘ledges’ a safer area of travel,” said Chief Shea.

According to the DOT, the placement of rumble strips between Payne Boulevard and the Portland/East Hampton town line, including the ledges, will take place sometime this year.

Carpino Proposes Bill Aimed at Creating a Tax-Free Savings Account for Those with Disabilities

Posted on January 28, 2015 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino (R-32) introduced legislation this session that would create a tax-free savings account (H.B. 5099), allowing people with disabilities to pay certain expenses in a state program modeled after the federally-proposed legislation: Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE). Carpino is looking to expand upon current regulations to also allow these savings accounts to be exempt from state taxes. She introduced the bill along with co-sponsor State Rep. Noreen Kokoruda (R-101).

ABLE Accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families. As a result of the ABLE Act, income earned by the accounts will not be taxed. In addition, contributions made to the account by any person (the account beneficiary, family, and friends) will not be tax deductible.

There is a distinct need for ABLE accounts. Although, there are public benefits available for families with children who have disabilities, these are often income-based and leave many out of the fold. This bill recognizes the extra and significant costs of living with a disability. In fact, it allows for eligible individuals and families to establish ABLE savings account that will not affect their eligibility for these benefits.

“This bill, if passed, will provide a great piece of mind to families of children with disabilities. When it comes to saving, we know that every little penny counts and adds up, by eliminating the state tax collected on interest in these saving accounts; we are allowing these families to save even more for their loved ones. ” said Rep. Carpino, who also serves as a member of the intellectual and developmental disabilities caucus in the legislature.

The proposed bill was initially referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health and has passed to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee where it will await further action there.  This session of the Connecticut General Assembly convened on January 7th, and will conclude at midnight, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015.

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Sign up for Emergency Alerts

Posted on January 26, 2015 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) is closely monitoring the storm and is participating in National Weather Service conference calls to get the latest information on the storm’s track and to send out updates to all municipalities and tribal nations.

During this storm, I encourage you all to sign up for Connecticut’s Emergency Alerting and notification system.

CT Alert ENS (Emergency Notification System)

The CT Alert ENS uses the state’s Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) database for location-based notifications to the public for life-threatening emergencies.  But the E9-1-1 database includes only traditional wire-line telephone numbers in the state (the “land line” phone you may have in your home).

CT Alert ENS Citizen Sign-up Page

The CT Alert ENS allows you to add other means of communication to the CT Alert ENS, in addition to your current home phone “land line” if you have one.

Please stay safe during the storm.

 

Carpino Votes for Recommendations to Overhaul CT Veterans Home

Posted on December 19, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) voted to support legislative recommendations to strengthen the services and sustainability of Connecticut Veterans Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill.

The recommendations in the Legislative Program Review and Investigations committee, centered on five key goals, would:

  • Improve collaboration, oversight, program monitoring, and opportunities for residents’ views to be heard
  • Ensure the Home’s substance use treatment services are high-quality and possibly accessible to more veterans
  • Transform the Home’s domiciliary care into transitional and permanent supportive housing, in terms of program design, staffing, rules, responsibilities, fees, and accommodations
  • Maintain quality at the Health Care Facility

“I am shocked and disappointed with the findings of this study. CT should be embarrassed. Connecticut needs to do a better job of caring for and assisting our veterans and create a long-term vision for how the state provides residential services and care at the Veterans Home. Our veterans have sacrificed too much to be left without any decent place to live when they return home,” said Rep. Carpino.

Carpino was the first legislator to initiate and champion the Legislative Program Review and Investigations (PRI) committee study of the Veterans Home last legislative session. Carpino toured the facility and heard first hand stories from veterans regarding the conditions and treatment at the home.

The study uncovered many inadequacies with services and staff such as helping our veterans returning to civilian life find employment and housing. The Veterans Home has numerous facilities-related issues. The agency transformed its long-term health care program in 2008 through building a new facility, but has not taken any focused steps to do the same for its domiciliary care, which serves more people with different needs.

The PRI committee study also found that the Veterans Home has been deficient in oversight, program monitoring, public relations, and vision. The Home’s shortcomings have gone largely overlooked due to limited attention to performance by the Board of Trustees. Additionally, antiquated data systems and other data problems have contributed to the lack of oversight.

“It is our duty to help our Connecticut veterans, even in tough budgetary times,” said Rep. Carpino.

 

Carpino Named Chairwoman of Bi-partisan Legislative Program Review & Investigations Committee

Posted on December 16, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) on Monday received her legislative committee assignments from new House Republican Leader Themis Klarides.

Carpino was tapped to be the new Chairwoman of the Program Review and Investigations (PRI) committee on which she has served as a member the last two years.

As a member of the Program Review and Investigations (PRI) for the past 2 years I am deeply honored to have been chosen as Chairman for the 2015-2017 legislative session,” Rep. Carpino. “I am ready for the challenge and look forward to working hand-in-hand with the members of the committee and staff.”

The bi-partisan twelve-member committee is charged with examining “state government programs and their administration to ascertain whether such programs are effective, continue to serve their intended purposes, are conducted in an efficient and effective manner, or require modification or elimination.”

This past session, Carpino requested and received PRI committee support for a study of the Connecticut State Veterans Home in Rocky Hill and the treatment of our Connecticut veterans.

Additionally, Carpino, who is a practicing attorney, was re-appointed for a third term to sit on the powerful Judiciary committee. Carpino’s role on the Judiciary Committee will see her consider issues such as judicial procedures, criminal law, probate, probation, parole, estates and judicial nominations.

Carpino was also chosen to be on the legislature’s Public Health committee. The Public Health committee has cognizance of all programs and matters relating to the Department of Public Health; the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Developmental Services; the Office of Health Care Access.

“I am particularly interested in the new challenge of the Public Health committee. Connecticut needs to find better ways to treat and identify those with mental illness,” said Rep. Carpino.

 

Carpino Votes for Recommendations to Regulate Drones in CT

Posted on December 13, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) voted in favor of legislative recommendations on Drone Use in Connecticut in the Legislative Program Review and Investigations committee.

“These committee recommendations show the vital need to balance the use of droves for the public good, such as in emergency situations or for the safety of our citizens versus the fundamental right of privacy,” said Rep. Carpino.

Carpino spoke publicly about the intrusion of privacy and potential for abuse. Carpino and other committee members were able to stop a proposed recommendation which would have permitted law enforcement and government drones the authority to surveil and target unpopular groups.

The committee recommendations included:
  • Remote operation of weapons, including via drones, shall be prohibited. This prohibition should be applied to both governmental and non-governmental drone users.
  • Law enforcement use of drones for targeted surveillance shall be limited in duration unless there is probable cause and a warrant. This limitation is intended to reduce possible violations of an individual’s fourth amendment rights, while allowing law enforcement access to possible beneficial uses of drones.
  • All state and local governmentally-owned drones shall register with the Office of Policy and Management (OPM). Registration data on governmentally-owned drones should be publicly published on a regular basis. Governmental drone use shall be recorded, summarized, and publicly reported in an aggregate format annually.
  • State statutes should be reviewed and revised to reflect the existence and capabilities of drones. Statutes regarding aeronautics, in particular, should be revised to address possible federal preemption issues.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has delayed their proposed regulations until 2017. The FAA has had a problem with coming up with federal rules because they are not only trying to regulate air safety and space, but privacy rules for drones that fly with cameras.

The study by the Legislative Program Review and Investigations committee was prompted by legislation last session which would have allowed police to operate drones for law enforcement purposes. The bill also would have required officers to get warrants to use drones, unless there was an emergency.

 

 

Carpino Joins Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Brigade

Posted on December 8, 2014 by admin


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CROMWELL- State Representative Christie Carpino helped ring the bell to raise funds for the Salvation Army’s “Red Kettle Campaign” on December 3rd outside of Walmart in Cromwell.

Walmart has promised a dollar-for-dollar matching contribution for the Salvation Army by Rep. Carpino’s volunteer efforts that hour. Through the Bell Ringing Across America program, Walmart partners with the Salvation Army to promote the famous red kettle tradition of holiday giving.

“Every little bit helps this season. I’ve made my volunteer bell ringing an annual event. The red kettles and silver bells are an American holiday tradition centered around helping those in-need. The Salvation Army provides for the poor and hungry both at Christmas and all year round. I’m honored to be part of such a long standing tradition like the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign and thankful to Wal-Mart for generously agreeing to match my fundraising,” said Carpino.

The Salvation Army Red Kettles have been an American tradition since 1891 when a Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco sought to provide a free Christmas dinner to the area’s poor. Since then, the red kettle tradition has spread throughout Europe and even as far as Japan, Korea and Chile. The Salvation Army aids more than 5 million people at Thanksgiving and Christmas while also providing year-round to the world’s aged, ill, poor and unfortunate. Contributions to the Salvation Army provide food, shelter, clothing and other assistance to over 35 million people world-wide.

Carpino encouraged would-be-donors or volunteers who were not able to participate in-person during her sponsored hour to visit the Salvation Army website which has a “Ring the Bell from Home” online donation site www.onlineredkettle.com where donors can set up or give to virtual “red kettles.”

Carpino, Linares Host Tuesday Dec. 9 Toy Drive

Posted on December 1, 2014 by admin


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State Rep. Christie Carpino (left) and State Sen. Art Linares (right) will host a Toy Drive outside of Tri-Town IGA in Portland on Tuesday,  Dec. 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Unwrapped toys collected will be given to the Community Renewal Team for distribution to needy children in Portland.

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Carpino: Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Please Join Me!

Posted on December 1, 2014 by admin


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On Wednesday, December 3rd , 2014 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm at the Cromwell Walmart on 161 Berlin Road

All proceeds will be generously matched by Walmart dollar-for-dollar during the one hour we will be collecting.

For more information, please contact Bree Berner at 860-240-8700 or Bree.Berner@cga.ct.gov

Carpino & Case: Reject the R-Word Letter

Posted on November 29, 2014 by admin


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Earlier last week, Chris Powell published an editorial in the Journal Inquirer discussing Connecticut’s most recent budget cuts—which include major cuts to mental health agencies. This is a sad fact, for sure, but that isn’t what upset us about the article. Instead, what stuck out to me was that individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities were referred to as “retarded”. Not once, but twice.

We were stunned and disappointed with these references. The R-word is an offensive, derogatory term and casual and persistent use in everyday life should be rejected.

We welcome Mr. Powell to learn more about the Special Olympics and the many other organizations that showcase how individuals with intellectual disabilities live productive and rewarding lives in the community.

We have spent a large part of our personal lives trying to end the stigma carried by this word. While the R-word may have once been a common, technical phrase, used without intention to demean, it transformed into a word that is now used to degrade and belittle.

Clearly, we still have quite a ways to go in educating the public on the negative connotation associated with the R-word. We would encourage you all to please visit http://www.r-word.org/ and pledge to stop using this offensive term.

Additionally, the site offers ideas on what to do when you hear the word being used and how you can become an advocate for this wonderful community.

We must continue to strive towards becoming a more compassionate, more respectful community.

State Rep. Christie Carpino (R-32)
State Rep. Jay Case (R-63)

Carpino: The Latest on CT Electric Rates

Posted on November 24, 2014 by admin


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In an effort to keep you informed, I’m writing to let you know that you can soon expect to see a significant increase to your electric bill. The state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), which operates independently of the legislature, has approved Connecticut Light & Power’s request to increase the residential generation rate for Standard Service customers to 12.629 cents per kilowatt hour from 9.99 cents per kilowatt hour. The increase, approved Monday, is effective Jan. 1 – only about six weeks away.  The Standard Service rate, by law, is adjusted twice a year for residential and small commercial customers—on Jan. 1 and July 1—so you can expect to feel the increase through at least June 2015.

You should also know that PURA is also considering an additional proposal from CL&P to increase its fixed service fee on monthly bills to $25.50 from $16.  I strongly oppose this increase and have written to CL&P about my concerns over the proposed increase. Not only will the fixed fee increase limit your ability to control your energy costs through conservation, but in addition to the rate increase, the added cost from this proposal is simply too much for customers to take. A decision on the fixed service fee increase is expected soon.

PURA recommends that consumers email them directly with questions about these rate increases: pura.information@ct.gov and pura.executivesecretary@ct.gov.

During the last session, we passed legislation to ensure transparency and to protect customers who choose alternate suppliers.  The “Electric Supplier Consumers’ Bill of Rights” requires suppliers to provide very clear and specific information about electric rates and fees. If you are a Standard Service rate customer (meaning, you get your supply from CL&P), you have the option to leave your current supplier and choose a new one. If you decide to change suppliers, it may reduce your electricity rate, but not the fixed service fee.

The process of switching suppliers is not difficult and can be done through the http://www.energizect.com/compare-energy-suppliers/standard-offer. If you have additional questions about the process of switching suppliers and can’t find an answer on the website, I encourage you to call 877-947-3873.

As always, feel free to contact my office with questions, comments and concerns about issues related to state government.

 

Carpino to Hold December Office Hours in Both Portland & Cromwell

Posted on November 21, 2014 by admin


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CROMWELL- State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) will hold office hours in Portland on Monday Dec. 8th and Cromwell on Wednesday, Dec. 10th.

Constituents are encouraged to make an appointment to talk about any issues, questions or concerns related to Cromwell or state government. Rep. Carpino is especially interested in meeting with people who have ideas for legislation as she plans for the 2015 Legislative Session which begins on January 7th.

The Portland office hours will be held on Monday, Dec 8th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Portland Library, 20 Freestone Avenue.

The Cromwell office hours will be held on Wednesday Dec. 10th from 12:00pm-2:00pm in the Arch Room at the Belden Library, 39 West Street.

Residents can make an appointment by calling Representative Carpino at (860) 240-8700, sending an email to christie.carpino@housegop.ct.gov or navigating to the “Contact Me” page at www.cthousegop.com.

Carpino to Hold December Office Hours in Cromwell

Posted on November 18, 2014 by admin


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CROMWELL- State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) will hold office hours in Cromwell on Wednesday, Dec. 10th.

Constituents are encouraged to make an appointment to talk about any issues, questions or concerns related to Cromwell or state government. Rep. Carpino is especially interested in meeting with people who have ideas for legislation as she plans for the 2015 Legislative Session which begins on January 7th.

The office hours will be held from 12:00pm-2:00pm in the Arch Room at the Belden Library, 39 West Street, Cromwell.

Residents can make an appointment by calling Representative Carpino at (860) 240-8700, sending an email to christie.carpino@housegop.ct.gov or navigating to the “Contact Me” page at www.cthousegop.com.

Cromwell FD, Carpino Honor Cromwell Walmart Employees

Posted on November 13, 2014 by admin


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CROMWELL- The Cromwell Fire Department along with State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) recognized two Cromwell Walmart employees, Kathee Doyle and James Martel, for their quick thinking and emergency response to a fallen customer.

A customer at the store experienced a medical emergency and both Walmart employees Kathee Doyle and James Martel acted immediately to care for the fallen customer.

Cromwell Firefighter & EMT Brett Hallden said, “It takes a special kind of person to help another. Acting to help, serve, or protect someone, especially someone you don’t know, is an act of kindness, a gift to society as a whole, that isn’t seen as much as it once was. It was an inspiring experience, seeing one person helping another, all with a smile and comforting touch.”

Carpino said, “Their valiant assistance in responding to an emergency at the workplace went above and beyond their expected workplace responsibilities, displaying an act of courage and selflessness. On behalf of the State of Connecticut and the Town of Cromwell, I offer my sincere appreciation and gratitude. Both Kathlee and James embody the true spirit of selflessness and community.”

Hallden added, “This experience has changed how I view the employees of the Cromwell Wal-Mart store as they truly do put their customers first. We are lucky to have them, as well as every employee of every business in the Town of Cromwell. They help make this town what it is…a great place to work and live.”

Carpino presented both Kathee Doyle and James Martel with an official state citation and a state of Connecticut flag pin.

 

Carpino: Middlesex Hospital Providing Lung Cancer Risk Assessments To Local Veterans

Posted on November 7, 2014 by admin


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Dear Neighbor,

If you are a veteran or know a veteran please share this important message with them.

MIDDLESEX HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE LUNG CANCER RISK ASSESSMENTS TO LOCAL VETERANS

In honor of Veterans’ Day, staff from the Middlesex Hospital Total Lung Care Program will provide free lung cancer risk assessments and free screening CT scans for local veterans, who are current or former smokers.

When? Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where? Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center, 536 Saybrook Road, Middletown.

Veterans are among those at highest risk for lung cancer, especially those who served during the Vietnam era, due to the high percentage of smokers in this group, along with exposure to other known carcinogens such as Agent Orange, radon, asbestos, diesel fuel and other battlefield emissions.

Veterans will be asked to complete a risk assessment to determine whether they meet the eligibility criteria for lung cancer screening.

They will also learn about the risks and benefits of the screening, which uses low-dose CT scanning. Pulmonologists will be on hand to answer questions.

No pre-registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. For questions or more information, contact Megin Iaccarino at 860-358-2066.

Hope this information is helpful!

Christie Carpino

Carpino, House Republicans Call on Health Officials to Conduct Ebola Hearing

Posted on October 16, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Christie Carpino (Cromwell and Portland) along with the House Republican caucus are calling for a public forum by the legislative Public Health Committee and the State Department of Health to identify protocols and procedures to respond to the deadly Ebola virus.

“Several constituents have called asking what Connecticut is doing to protect the public from Ebola. We need to educate the public by bringing together experts in the infectious disease field and identity proper procedures,” said Rep. Carpino

In a letter to the chairs of the Public Health Committee and Health Commissioner, the House Republican caucus asked that a joint public hearing take place as soon as possible and that the committee and the department work collaboratively on the issues. The hearing would will provide answers to several questions on the minds of concerned citizens regarding the training and protocol followed by our nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals who are on the front line of the Ebola outbreak.

 

 

Carpino, Legislators Study Drones in CT

Posted on October 9, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) along with other members of the Program Review and Investigations (PRI) committee are weighing public safety benefits against privacy rights on publicly and privately owned drones in Connecticut.

The Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee on Oct 8th heard from a panel of experts as well as the members of the public on potential drone regulations. The legislative committee will present recommendations to the legislature in December.

“Drones equipped with cameras and other equipment can be used for the public good in helping emergency responders find fleeing criminals and injured victims, but they also can be used for nefarious purposes such as recording people without their knowledge and stalking,” said Rep. Carpino, ranking member of the PRI committee.

Carpino added, “We need to make sure the public’s right to privacy is protected from any unlawful searches.”

Carpino participated in a private drone demonstration outside in from of the State Capitol Wednesday afternoon.

Currently, states are limited in how they can regulate unmanned aircraft because the Federal Aviation Administration has jurisdiction over the national airspace. But the states can restrict how police and other government employees use drones. The FAA has banned commercial use of drones, with some exceptions, while it draws up new rules.

Connecticut lawmakers last year considered a bill that would have allowed police to operate drones for law enforcement purposes. The bill also would have required officers to get warrants to use drones, unless there was an emergency. The bill was passed as a study to be undertaken by the PRI committee.

 

Carpino: Public Hearing at the CT State Veterans’ Home

Posted on October 1, 2014 by admin


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For those who cannot attend the October 1st public hearing in Hartford, State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) and the Program Review and Investigations (PRI) committee have announced they will be having an additional public hearing examining the operations of the Connecticut State Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill at the Veterans’ Home.

On Wednesday, November 12th, the Program Review and Investigations (PRI) committee will conduct the public hearing at the Connecticut State Veterans’ Home at 287 West Street in Rocky Hill.

The Public Hearing will start at 2:00 p.m. The first hour is reserved for legislators, agency heads, municipal chief elected officials, and constitutional officers; public is limited to three minutes of testimony per person.

The Program Review and Investigations committee will examine the current delivery of services by at the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs to ensure its residential services are delivered fairly and adequately. They will also assess processes for admitting, discharging, and transferring residents, as well as resolving residents’ complaints and implementing conduct rules, will be highlighted.

Click on this link for the latest information on the PRI Veterans’ Home study.

Carpino pushed for a second public hearing after hearing from many area veterans they could not make the Oct 1st hearing.

“This public hearing will be their opportunity to express their concerns and suggestions. Our veterans have given so much and we have an obligation help them when they are in need. They were there for us and we need to be there for them,” said Rep. Carpino.

Anyone that would like to submit written testimony or contact Rep. Carpino is encouraged to do so at Christie.carpino@housegop.ct.gov.

Hope this information is helpful!

Christie Carpino

 

DOT Announces Guiderail Safety Improvements in Cromwell, Rocky Hill and Berlin

Posted on September 12, 2014 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a Guiderail Safety Improvement Project will be performed on Route 3 in Cromwell/Rocky Hill, State Route 411 and Route 99 in Rocky Hill, Route 160 in Rocky Hill/Berlin and Route 372 in Berlin/Cromwell.

This work is scheduled to occur Monday, September 15, through Friday, September 26, 2014.

LANE CLOSURE INFO
Motorists can expect lane closures to occur on Rte. 3 from Sanford Lane to Commerce Drive in Cromwell and Rocky Hill, on SR 411 from Gilbert Ave. to Carillon Dr. in Rocky Hill, on Rte. 99 from Hillside Ave. to Grimes Rd. in Rocky Hill, on Rte. 160 from Sheldon St. to Trinity Ridge in Berlin and Rocky Hill, and on Route 372 from Savage Hill Rd. to Main St. in Berlin and Cromwell. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (weekdays).

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.

Carpino Invites CT Veterans to Testify at Public Hearing Re: Veterans Home

Posted on September 9, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) announced the Program Review and Investigations (PRI) committee will be having a public hearing on her proposal to examine the operations of the Connecticut State Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill in Hartford on October 1st.

Carpino, in her capacity as the Ranking Member of the Program Review and Investigations committee, advocated for her study on the Connecticut State Veterans’ Home, after months of inquiries and concerns voiced to her from constituents.

On October 1st, the Program Review and Investigations (PRI) committee will convene to receive a staff update earlier in the day and then host the initial public hearing in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford at 2:00pm. Carpino expects to tour the facility in the near future and speak to residents personally.

The Program Review and Investigations committee will examine the current delivery of services by at the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs to ensure its residential services are delivered fairly and adequately. They will also assess processes for admitting, discharging, and transferring residents, as well as resolving residents’ complaints and implementing conduct rules, will be highlighted.

“I have heard from veterans across Connecticut who want their voices heard on their treatment at the Veterans Home. This public hearing will be their opportunity to express their concerns and suggestions. Our veterans have given so much and we have an obligation help them when they are in need. They were there for us and we need to be there for them,” Rep. Carpino.

Anyone that would like to submit written testimony or contact Rep. Carpino is encouraged to do so at Christie.carpino@housegop.ct.gov.

Carpino Supports the Portland Care and Rehabilitation Centre

Posted on August 28, 2014 by admin


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PORTLAND- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) was invited to attend the annual BBQ and Yale Spizzwinks concert at Portland Care and Rehabilitation Centre with the Yuska family and over 200 attendees.

“The Portland Care and Rehabilitation Centre is a wonderful Portland business run by a dedicated local family. I want to thank the Yuska family for the invitation to their annual BBQ,” said Rep. Carpino. Carpino has worked with the Yuska family to resolve industry specific issues while in office.

Portland Care and Rehabilitation Centre is a 5 star 65 bed skilled nursing facility located on Main Street in Portland specializing in post orthopedic rehabilitation. It serves residents of the greater Middletown and Hartford counties offers physical, occupational and speech therapists 7 days a week. It has been privately owned and operated by the Yuska family since the 1980’s.

Carpino: Your Chance to Speak Out Against Higher Electricity Rates

Posted on August 25, 2014 by admin


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Your Chance to Speak Out Against Higher Electricity Rates

Connecticut’s electricity rates could go even higher. CL&P is seeking a proposed rate hike of 5.9 percent.

If the rate hike is approved, the average non-heating residential customer’s monthly bill would increase by $12.48.

State officials will soon hold public hearings on the proposed rate increase and then issue a decision in December. If you would like to share your thoughts on the increase, please follow the below steps to submit your comments to the CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).

  • You can email your comments as soon as possible to Pura.Executivesecretary@ct.gov.
  • CC your email to me at Christie.Carpino@housegop.ct.gov
  • Please put ‘Docket Number 14-05-06’ in the email’s subject line.
  • Your comments on the rate hike proposal can be as brief as you like.

The hearings will be held Aug. 27 at 10 Franklin Square, New Britain; Aug. 28 in the Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Boulevard; and Sept. 3 in New London City Hall. They will all take place at 6:30 p.m.

I hope this information is helpful.

Best,

Christie Carpino

Carpino: Tax-Free Week Coming Soon

Posted on August 4, 2014 by admin


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CROMWELL- With the start of school just around the corner, State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) wants to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 17 through Saturday, August 23.

The one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on all clothing and footwear costing less than $300 per item and runs from the third Sunday in August through the following Saturday.

“This is a bit of much needed relief for all Connecticut families preparing for their children to go return to school,” said Carpino.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price is less than $300, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $300 either rented or put on layaway is also tax-free. Purchases totaling more than $300 will have sales tax calculated on the full cost.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases that are intended for everyday use. Goods not covered under the program include items that are solely intended for use in sporting activities and accessories such as jewelry, watches, handbags, and wallets.

Clothing and footwear will be exempt from sales and use taxes during that week. A full list of qualifying and non-qualifying items can be found at the DRS website.

Carpino: Day Trips with Kids: Fun, Free and Family-Friendly

Posted on August 4, 2014 by admin


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I wanted to share this fun and educational activity for the whole family. For the fifth year in a row, children and their families will be able to tour some of Connecticut’s key government buildings, including the State Supreme Court.

Spend some time exploring the seat of state government through tours of Connecticut’s Supreme Court, State Capitol, the Museum of Connecticut History and Connecticut’s Old State House.

The annual ‘Day Trips with Kids’ program is scheduled for Aug. 5th.

Activities include:

  • Connecticut Invents! Discover many famous and not so famous Connecticut inventors and inventions during this hands-on activity, which uses objects and photographs from the museum’s collection of Connecticut industrial history.
  • Visit the State Capitol’s Hall of Flags, which displays flags. Connecticut soldiers have carried into battle, and also learn about the legislative process.
  • Learn about the historic Connecticut Supreme Court courtroom by visiting the room where Connecticut’s most important legal rulings have occurred.
  • Visit Connecticut’s Old State House, where Connecticut’s democracy was born and learn who made it happen. Additionally, the museum has exciting exhibits chronicling Connecticut’s rich history.

Lunch will be available for purchase at the Legislative Office Building’s cafeteria from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Parking for the State Capitol, the Supreme Court and the Museum of Connecticut History is available in the Legislative Office Building garage located off of Armory Road.

Connecticut’s Old State House is a short walk through Bushnell Park. They also offer validated parking for $5.00 at the Constitution Plaza South parking garage and the State House Square garage.

A schedule for the Day Trips with Kids program is posted on the Judicial Branch’s website at http://www.jud.ct.gov/

If you would like to set up a tour of the Capitol at another time, contact my office in Hartford at 860.240.8700 and I’d be happy to set it up.

Happy Summer!

Christie Carpino

Carpino pledges to fix Connecticut’s transportation woes

Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin


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Carpino pledges to fix Connecticut’s transportation woes

The recent White House report which found that Connecticut has the worst roads in the nation is upsetting and unacceptable, but not surprising to me. After all, I travel our roads daily right alongside my constituents. The legislative majority has failed the commuters of Connecticut.

Let us not forget, Connecticut also has the fourth highest gasoline taxes in the nation at 67.7 cents per gallon yet clearly this money is not being used for our critical state transportation needs. The governor has diverted over $189 million dollars away from transportation funding to be used on other projects.

The state budget I voted against in 2013 broke transportation promises made by Gov. Malloy dating back to 2009, when he promised to preserve the dedicated fund for transportation projects. It also raised CT Transit bus fares by 20 cents and paratransit fares by 15 percent.

In 2013, I took action and voted for a law which will provide a statutory lockbox on the Special Transportation Fund effective July 1, 2015. Any funds that will be put into STF can only be used for transportation purposes, unless the law is changed. Keep in mind that there is nothing preventing a future legislature from simply appropriating less funds to the STF.

Currently, Connecticut has a backlog of maintenance and repair needs. Ten percent of our bridges are ranked “structurally deficient” and in poor condition, according to Transportation for America. In addition, the state and municipalities maintain more than 17,100 miles of road, three-quarters of which are not in good condition.

This session, some legislators went farther and wanted to put in a constitutional amendment (SJR 23) that would prohibit the use of any money in the STF for non-transportation related projects.

The bill failed and never made it to me for a vote, but had it passed by three-fourths, it would have allowed voters to decide whether they want to restrict funds for transportation purposes.

Infrastructure is key to Connecticut — to our economy and safety. I will propose legislation next session that makes sure special transportation funds go to just that — special transportation needs.

Carpino Present for 100% of 2014 Floor Votes

Posted on July 22, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland), established a near perfect record for votes cast on the floor of the state House of Representatives during the 2014 legislative session, according to the House Clerk’s Office.

Representative Carpino was present and voted for 308 of the 309 votes taken on the state House floor during the 2014 session, according to the House Clerk’s Office. She was present but excused herself from the House Chamber and abstained for a possible conflict of interest on the one remaining vote of an executive nomination due to a previous personal association.

Representative Carpino, as the House Ranking Member on the General Assembly’s Program Review and Investigations Committee, is one of the leaders in the House Republican Caucus. “My goal is to make sure the people of Cromwell and Portland have a strong voice in Hartford. My vote represents their voice on the House floor,” said Representative Carpino.

Carpino’s prior 3 years as a state representative also reflects her commitment and reveal a 100% voting record on the House floor.

Carpino to Hold August Office Hours in Cromwell

Posted on July 10, 2014 by admin


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CROMWELL- State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) will hold office hours in Cromwell on Wednesday August 13rd.

Constituents are encouraged to make an appointment to talk about any issues, questions or concerns related to Cromwell or state government.

The office hours will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Cromwell Town Hall Room 222 located at 41 West Street in Cromwell.

Residents can make an appointment by calling Representative Carpino at (860) 240-8700, sending an email to christie.carpino@housegop.ct.gov or navigating to the “Contact Me” page at www.cthousegop.com.

Carpino: DOT Bridge Maintenance, Rt. 66 over the CT River & Rt. 9 in Middletown/Portland (Arrigoni Bridge) & Joint and Crack Seal Work on Route 9 in Cromwell

Posted on July 7, 2014 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing two projects that will impact local commuters in Portland and Cromwell.

There will be a nighttime bridge maintenance project performed on Rte. 66 EB and WB over CT River & Rte. 9 in Middletown/Portland (Arrigoni Bridge). This project is scheduled to occur from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 7, 2014 to the morning of Thursday, July 18, 2014. 

 LANE CLOSURE INFO

  • Motorists can expect lane closures on Rte. 66 EB and WB over CT River & Rte. 9 in Middletown/Portland between Main St. in Middletown and Rte. 17 in Portland. Traffic control personnel, local police and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Sunday through Thursday evenings).

There will also be a Joint and Crack Seal Project, Route 9 in Cromwell. The project consists of Joint and Crack Sealing on a 3.10 mile segment from the underpass of Route 372 (West St.) to the Northbound access from I-91 Southbound in Cromwell.  This project is scheduled to occur Monday, July 7, 2014 to Thursday, July 10, 2014.

LANE CLOSURE INFO

Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 9 between the underpass of Rte. 372 (West St) to NB access from I-91 SB.  Traffic control personnel, signing pattern, and truck mounted attenuator will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Carpino Tours New Businesses in District

Posted on July 7, 2014 by admin


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State Rep. Christie Carpino stopped in to visit three local businesses this past week in order to continue her mission to bridge the gap between industry and government.

Carpino first met with Mike Robinson the General Manager of Aaron’s which just opened up a new store at 34 Shunpike Road. Aaron’s, Inc. is a lease-to-own retailer. The company focuses on leases and retail sales of furniture, electronics, appliances, and computers. According to Mike Robinson, Aaron’s, it’s designed to be easy to lease-to-own whatever you need for your home and family – without needing any credit.

Rep. Carpino also met with Donta Johnson, the Owner and Director of Drive4Stardum located at 208 Coles Road in Cromwell. Drive4Stardum was developed to provide an opportunity for future basketball players to hone their skills. The purpose of the skills training is to incorporate different drills that will improve and enhance an individual’s abilities in various aspects of the sport of basketball.  Defense, agility, ball handling, shooting, passing, rebounding and strength and conditioning training are covered.

Donta Johnson said Drive4Stardum works with athletes who are committed to becoming better basketball players by training them in all facets of the game.  Donta played basketball professionally with the Connecticut Pride (CBA/IBL) and Springfield Slamm (EBA) for several years and Donta’s coaching experience started when he began coaching summer league basketball, church league teams and PAL league (high school and middle school).

Rep. Carpino also crossed the bridge to Portland and visited with Penny Chiasson, of The Genesis Center for Clinical Hypnosis which is located on Main Street, along with Selectman Ryan Curley. Penny is a Registered Nurse, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and Certified Consulting Hypnotist. She serves the greater Middletown area, Portland, Middletown, Cromwell and surrounding towns.

Penny explained  the use of hypnosis complements medical treatments leading to better control of pain and headaches, improving immune function (through decreased stress), reduction of symptoms of IBS, and improving compliance with medical recommendations.

Carpino said, “It is exciting to see business growth in our region. I’m especially proud to see entrepreneurs like Penny and Donta. My goal is to continue to promote and assist local industry and resolve any state issues that might arise. Connecticut should be a place where businesses new and old are welcomed.”

 

Carpino to Hold July Office Hours in Portland

Posted on July 1, 2014 by admin


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PORTLAND- State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) will hold office hours in Portland on Thursday July 17th.

Constituents are encouraged to make an appointment to talk about any issues, questions or concerns related to Portland or state government.

The office hours will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Portland Library in the conference room located at 20 Freestone Avenue in Portland.

Residents can make an appointment by calling Representative Carpino at (860) 240-8700, sending an email to christie.carpino@housegop.ct.gov or navigating to the “Contact Me” page at www.cthousegop.com.

Carpino Tours CT’s “Largest Employer” UTC

Posted on June 30, 2014 by admin


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State Reps. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland), Bill Aman (South Windsor), on the right, and State Reps. Christopher Davis (East Windsor & Ellington), Tami Zawistowski (Suffield, Windsor, East Granby) on the left, with, center, Jay DeFrank, Vice President, Communications & Government Relations, Pratt & Whitney who provided the legislators with a two hour hands-on tour of the East Hartford facility.

HARTFORDState Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) spearheaded a tour and fact finding mission for a group of interested legislators at United Technologies facilities at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford and Sikorsky in Stratford.  Carpino and her fellow legislators voted this session to support an incentive program to bolster the Connecticut’s aerospace industry, foster the retention and creation of jobs, and protect our national defense.

“This investment is for both UTC and the hundreds of small companies in Connecticut, some in Cromwell and Portland that do business with UTC. Right now Pratt & Whitney manufactures about 20% of what’s needed to produce its engines, with the balance coming from these other, smaller companies. I am committed to keeping jobs in Connecticut, especially if they benefit the district,” said Carpino.

According to UTC, it does business with 18 companies in Cromwell and Portland. In addition, many UTC employees live in the two towns.  Carpino said, “The presence of UTC in Connecticut has a direct impact on the district, we have a vested interest in keeping them in our state.”

Under the legislation, which Carpino supported in the House of Representatives, the agreement does not require any borrowing or payments by the State of Connecticut, and is expected to create nearly 1,500 construction and other related jobs throughout the initial capital expansion. UTC expects to invest up to $4 billion in research and other capital expenditures in the state.

The proposal will provide up to $400 million in tax credits to UTC for continuing research and development spending, and half a billion dollars in facility development including a new global headquarters campus for Pratt and Whitney.  Under the agreement, Pratt & Whitney will keep its headquarters in Connecticut for the next fifteen years with a new engineering center.  In addition, Sikorsky will keep its headquarters in Connecticut for the next five years.  New facility construction would begin this year and conclude in 2018.

United Technologies Corporation (UTC), a leading manufacturer that is the state’s largest employer with 22,200 workers, and includes Sikorsky Aircraft, Pratt & Whitney, and UTC Aerospace Systems.

Rep. Carpino added “Surviving in a difficult economy is tough for many businesses, especially in Connecticut. Touring these companies it reaffirms my belief that we must maintain and encourage good paying jobs are available to Connecticut residents.”

 

Carpino: New Legislation in 2014

Posted on June 17, 2014 by admin


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By State Representative Christie Carpino

Last month the 2014 Legislative Session adjourned, marking an end to three months of legislative hearings, debate and voting on a myriad of bills. I thought it’d be helpful to highlight some of the more important pieces of legislation that were considered this year.

Victims of sexual assault and stalking on college campuses will now receive clear and concise information on their rights and options for reporting such crimes. I’m proud to say that I cosponsored this legislation with a group of bipartisan of women in both the House and Senate. Schools will establish an advisory panel to create educational program for students, faculty and staff, and they must develop relationships with community providers that specialize in either domestic or sexual violence.

Discharged veterans will now have the opportunity to apply military service as credit toward certain licenses and exams in order to enter the civilian workforce. The bill also eliminates fees in order to assist veterans in securing civilian employment once they return home to Connecticut.

I was a leader in opposing a controversial proposal to reduce the size of drug free zones around schools, daycare centers and public housing which would harm our children. I’m happy to report it did not pass.

Some of the other pieces of legislation I supported this session included:

• Giving property owners greater input concerning utility company tree trimming.
• Banning unsolicited commercial text messages to consumers.
• Creating new standards to protect student athletes from concussions.
• Expanding opportunities for early childhood education.
• Making it a criminal penalty for any person who fakes military service or honors to fraudulently obtain money, goods or services.

A concept I co-authored and championed since 2011, became law this session which provides additional on-the-job training opportunities for our high school and college students. The law will connect local employers to teens throughout Connecticut, in an effort to cultivate real life job skills. The jobs provision focuses on career development and apprenticeship opportunities for teens.

I supported a new law (P.A. 14-16) to require gas stations to clearly indicate on gas pumps whether debit cards are treated as cash or credit cards for gas purchases. They also need to post a sign on or near each self-serve pump clearly visible to handicapped drivers on how to contact the dealer or cashier for assistance.

To review a copy of the annual Major Public Acts report, which summarizes the most significant and far-reaching legislation passed this year, visit: http://www.cga.ct.gov/olr/Documents/year/MA/2014MA-20140513_Major%20Acts%20for%202014.pdf

Carpino, Linares Tour Riverfront Park

Posted on June 6, 2014 by admin


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State and local officials on June 3rd, toured Riverfront Park in Portland and discussed future enhancements to the land.

In May, Portland was awarded a $363,000 state grant for the on Brownstone Avenue project’s final phase.

“This is an excellent project and a compliment to the many volunteers who work at Brownstone,” Rep. Christie Carpino said. “This final phase of the Riverfront project will provide significant economic benefit to the small businesses that line Portland’s Main Street.”

“These funds will improve Portland’s riverfront and make this area more accessible to residents and visitors alike, including customers of the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park,” Sen. Art Linares said.  “We thank local officials for their diligent work in seeing this process through.”

The legislators thanked Portland First Selectman Susan Bransfield and Town Planner Deanna Rhodes for leading the tour. Rep. Carpino and Sen. Linares pledged to continue working closely with town officials to make the project a success. The project will include:

  • installation of water and sewer connections to the pavilion
  • completion of the unfinished storage/utility room
  • free standing handicapped accessible restroom facilities
  • construction of a permanent band shell cover over the existing amphitheater stage
  • a driveway to the pavilion
  • installation of additional outdoor amenities

The Park is a public-private partnership between the Town of Portland and Brownstone. Since the contract between Portland and Brownstone was signed in 2006, the Town has received $1,130,029 which is 15% of gate receipts.

Carpino: Connecticut Trails Day Weekend

Posted on June 2, 2014 by admin


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This coming weekend is 2014 Connecticut Trails Day Weekend. Here are the two events being held in the district on June 7th and 8th.

Cromwell Nature Walk
Sunday, June 8. 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. River Highlands State Park. Diverse flora and fauna, as well as spectacular views of the Connecticut River, a wait as we explore a loop trail in one of Connecticut’s lesser-known park treasures. Bring binoculars and field guides (if you have them) as well as a snack and beverage. We will enjoy a snack and a game break mid-way through at a scenic overlook. The total distance: 1.5 miles.

Meet WalkCT Family Guide Lynn Kochiss at the park entrance parking lot on Field Road.

Sponsored by WalkCT (walkct.org), a program of the Connecticut Forest &Park Association (ctwoodlands.org). Rain cancels. Pre-registration is NOT NECESSARY. Questions: contact Lynn, lk12tree@gmail.com.

Portland Hike
Saturday, June 7. 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM. Palmer Preserve. This 4-mile hike will visit old mill foundations, the historic Air Line Railroad bed, gentle rolling fields, woodlands, streams, and a dramatic waterfall. Bring a lunch and beverage for a picnic along the way. Hiking boots recommended.

Meet leader John LeShane at the Middlesex Land Trust Palmer Barn located on the preserve at 258 Middle Haddam Road.

Sponsored by Middlesex Land Trust (middlesexlandtrust.org). Rain or shine. Preregistration is RECOMMENDED. Questions and to register: contact John, (860) 342-0658, oakledges@yahoo.com.

Best,

Christie Carpino

Carpino Welcomes New Business to Cromwell

Posted on May 22, 2014 by admin


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CROMWELL-State Rep. Christie Carpino, along with Mayor Faienza and Councilmen Spotts and Emanuele, welcomed Safelite AutoGlass to Cromwell and attended a ribbon cutting ceremony that the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce helped to coordinate.

Additionally, Carpino and others were given a tour of the new facility, which housing 18,000 pieces of glass and serves all of Connecticut and western Massachusetts, and received a firsthand look at how the Safelite technicians replace a windshield from one of its customer’s vehicles.

Carpino spoke with Safelite Vice President of Legislative Affairs Scot Zajic and the Jamie Donais the District Manager of Sales and Operations of the new Cromwell facility. The discussed Safelite’s commitments to both the environment by recycling tons of glass from windshields annually, as well as their commitment to the community as they will encourage employees to volunteer their time locally.

“Cromwell’s location continues to be a draw for new businesses. Safelite is both adding jobs and a much needed service for local residents by offering mobile glass repair,” said Rep. Carpino.

After the Safelite tour, Carpino and the Cromwell officials continued on a listening tour that brought them to 3 additional businesses in town.

Carpino: Portland Receives State Grant for Local Economic Development

Posted on May 19, 2014 by admin


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PORTLAND-State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) is excited to announce a $363,000 state grant for the Town of Portland for the Riverfront Park on Brownstone Avenue project. The State Bond Commission will meet soon to allocate the state funds.

The state Small Town Economic Assistance Grant (STEAP) would go towards the final phase of the Riverfront project. The final phase will enhance the riverfront parcel with amenities designed to accommodate the many visitors who visit Riverfront Park including customers of the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park.

Carpino said, “This state grant is a massive boost for the town of Portland. This final phase of the Riverfront project will provide significant economic benefit to the small businesses that line Portland’s Main Street.”

The Final STEAP phase 4 project will include the installation of water and sewer connections to the pavilion, completion of the unfinished storage/utility room and free standing handicapped accessible restroom facilities. Additionally, there will be construction of a permanent band shell cover over the existing amphitheater stage, with a driveway to the pavilion and the installation of additional outdoor amenities.

The Park is a public-private partnership between the Town of Portland and Brownstone. Since the contract between Portland and Brownstone was signed in 2006, the Town has received $1,130,029 which is 15% of gate receipts.

Carpino: The State of the State Budget Op-Ed

Posted on May 13, 2014 by admin


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During the final days of the 2014 Legislative Session, the legislature voted on adjustments for the $19 billion biennial budget and a bill to implement those budget adjustments.

Questionable budget tactics, including the raiding of funds used to repair roads and bridges, and the sudden inclusion of a miscellaneous $75 million, before the budget vote, forced me to vote against the budget proposed by the majority party.

The “miscellaneous” estimates rely heavily on the collection of delinquent tax dollars in order to fill a large gap in the state’s budget. Connecticut shouldn’t be balancing our budget on the assumption that people, who have proven themselves to be tax delinquents, will suddenly become law-abiding.

As for the budget implementer, I voted against the 300+ page proposal, finalized hours before debate, which was cramped with multiple proposals that NOT open to public hearing scrutiny. For example proposals to give college drop outs free classes at our state community colleges and providing a tax exemption from the admissions tax solely for Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

It does a great disservice to Connecticut, and to the hard-working families of our district, to try and mask the state’s true financial condition. We are going through tough economic times – our residents deserve to have honest, transparent state government.

This budget vote comes just days after non-partisan analysts announced that state tax revenues have fallen short of projections by $462 million. So after raising taxes on Connecticut taxpayers 1.8 billion in 2011, Connecticut still does not have enough revenue to fund the bloated government.

Connecticut citizens deserve options, and I joined other Republican lawmakers with an alternative proposal. Our midterm budget proposal responded to the large drop of revenue by decreasing state spending, restoring funding for road and bridge repairs, increasing municipal aid by $21 million and reducing long term liabilities. Unfortunately, this proposal was defeated on party lines.

I will continue to represent the good families and businesses in our district by advocating for stronger fiscal and economic policies.

Our state simply cannot afford the rate of spending. Until we get control of our spending, it will remain difficult to raise a family, have a career and retire in Connecticut.

Carpino Votes to Fund Middlesex Fire Training School

Posted on May 8, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) hailed final legislative approval, Tuesday night, of the annual state bond package which included state bond money for a new Middlesex Fire Training School for the Middlesex County Firefighters.

Carpino has met with local fire chiefs over the past year regarding the Fire School. Earlier this year she wrote a letter to the Governor requesting state dollars to fund the design and build of a new Middlesex County Fire School. Carpino worked with members of the legislature’s bonding subcommittee to get the fire school language in the bond package.

The bond package now goes to the Governor for his signature. The allocation the state grant is administrated by the state Department of Administrative Services and must go through State Bond Commission which is chaired by Gov. Malloy.

“A new Middlesex County Fire School is essential to maintaining the public safety of every resident in the County. Our firefighters are asked to respond to an ever growing list of dangerous scenarios, and we must provide them with a safe and modern facility to learn the skills we rely on them to deliver,” said Rep. Carpino.

President Ct Fire Chiefs Association and Portland Fire Dept. Chief Robert Shea said, “The passage of the bill is an enormous victory for Middlesex County and the surrounding communities. Located in the center of the state, this training facility will provide state of the art training to our firefighters through our regional school who currently posts the most training hours of all the schools.  I extend my thanks for the hard work and determination of the training committee members who have worked for over 10 years for the construction of this school.”

A new Fire School would permit fire departments in the greater Middlesex County region an opportunity to obtain lifesaving skills in a safe environment. The school would provide a wide range of training classes from entry level through advanced, from vehicle extrication, rope rescue, fire strategy and tactics, to hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction.

Carpino Applauds Consumer Protections for Electric Ratepayers

Posted on May 7, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD—Legislation that offers protections for customers who purchase electricity from retail suppliers rather than the two major transmission companies was hailed by State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland).

The proposal (S.B. 2) is a response to residents on variable rate plans from third party suppliers who complained they had no idea that their rates had changed until they saw dramatic increases to mid and late-winter electric bills.

“Many residents contacted me with concerns, and outrage, about the massive electric rate spikes during the winter months that occurred without notice or warning. It is my hope this legislation, which includes an Electric Ratepayers Bill of Rights, protects residents from these deceptive and predatory practices. Additional information and better transparency are protections for electric consumers,” said Rep. Carpino.

Under the legislation, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority must impose a new billing format by July 1, 2015 that will clearly show the retail supplier’s rate compared to the standard rate offered by Connecticut Light & Power or United Illuminating. The new billing format must also include the length of the contract, any scheduled rate change in the next billing cycle, and information about contract cancellation fees.

The legislation passed through the House by a 145-0 vote on Monday afternoon.

Other customer-friendly aspects of the bill include a prohibition on suppliers increasing rates within the first three billing cycles on new contracts after July 1, 2014. Retail electric suppliers must also notify residential customers before rate hikes, and they can’t charge cancellation or early termination fees to customers who move within the state and don’t change suppliers.

 

Carpino Boosts Young Adult Job-Training Program

Posted on May 4, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) was able to get a key job training provision attached to an education bill during the this week’s legislative session.  The bill, which passed the House unanimously, will provide additional on-the-job training opportunities for our high school and college students.

Carpino said, “This bill is exactly what I’d hoped to accomplish when I came to Hartford. It is an opportunity for students to explore career opportunities at a young age. This bill enables students to explore career opportunities at a young age in order to help them better plan a future. An engaged student is a motivated learner, and a motivated learner is a wonderful asset for a local business. An educated workforce is a driver for a healthier economy.”

The bill would connect local employers to teens throughout Connecticut, in an effort to cultivate real life job skills.

Since her arrival at the State Capitol, Carpino has worked to promote more job opportunities for our young adults through both proposed legislation and community involvement. Carpino’s proposed legislation would permit high schools, technical high schools and regional agricultural science and technology education centers to establish partnerships with local businesses that would provide internships for students.

The jobs provision LCO 5191 introduced by Carpino is modeled after the Step Up Program instituted by the Department of Labor to focus on career development and apprenticeship opportunities for teens. The Step Up program helps small businesses hire unemployed adults and expand their workforce. The program, administered by the CT Department of Labor and the state’s five Workforce Investment Boards, helps small businesses hire employees and expand their workforce.

Carpino Votes to Add Text Messages to CT ‘Do Not Call’ List

Posted on May 2, 2014 by admin


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In our electronic driven society where unwanted text messages are both annoying and costly, State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) voted to ban unsolicited commercial text messages to consumers in the House of Representatives Friday May 2nd.

SB-209, An Act Prohibiting Unsolicited Commercial Text Messages and Increasing Penalties for Violations of the ‘Do Not Call’ Registry, explicitly prohibits telephone solicitors from sending unsolicited text or media messages to (1) anyone registered on the state “Do Not Call” registry without prior express written consent and (b) sending unsolicited texts at any time during the day.

Rep. Carpino said, “My constituents in Cromwell and Portland who have gone through the trouble of placing their name on a federal or state do-not-call registry should be protected from wireless phone charges triggered by telemarketing calls including text messages.”

Under the bill, a text message is a written message sent electronically to a mobile telephone’s or mobile electronic device’s telephone number. It does not include electronic mail sent to an electronic mail address. In addition to the registry requirements, the bill allows solicitors to send text messages for marketing or soliciting sales of consumer goods, or causes them to be sent, only if he or she has received the customer’s prior written consent to receive such texts.

The bill also increases the maximum fine for each registry violation from $11,000 to $20,000. By law and under the bill, “Do Not Call” violations are also deemed an unfair and deceptive trade practice.

The proposal has been endorsed by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

 

 

 

 

Carpino Helps Veterans Returning to Civilian Life

Posted on May 2, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD – In a show of support for military veterans, State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell and Portland) supported a bill that permits discharged veterans to apply military service as credit toward certain licenses and exams in order to enter the civilian workforce.  Fees are also eliminated.

H.B. 5299, An Act Concerning the Findings of the Military Occupational Specialty Task Forcerequires various governmental entities to certify, waive, grant, or award certain licenses, registrations, examinations, training, or credit for veterans or service members with military experience or qualifications.

In 2013, the MOS Task Force, which stems from legislation Carpino supported, was formed to study the use of military occupational specialty training experience to satisfy training requirements for state licensing purposes, with the goal of aiding veterans in securing civilian employment. Cromwell resident and decorated military veteran Edward Wenners was one of the members of the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Task Force which worked to identify areas where prior military training can qualify veterans for civilian occupational licenses.

“This bill gives well deserved recognition and credit to our veterans for the training and experience they earned in the military.  Connecticut should assist our brave veterans as they transfer their military experience to civilian life.”

For example, the bill would require veterans to be certified as police officers and EMTs by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) and the Department of Public Health, respectively, as a result of their military training.

Under the bill, unless specifically noted, a veteran is anyone honorably discharged or released under honorable conditions from active service from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force and any of their reserve components.

The legislation would also waive operators’ license exams at the Department of Motor Vehicles and the apprentice requirement for certain occupations before sitting for licensing exams. Additionally, the legislation outlines conditions under which military service can be substituted for college credit.

The bill now heads to the State Senate for approval, then to the Governor for his signature.

 

Carpino, Doyle Hail Bi-Partisan Mattabassett Legislation

Posted on May 2, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- In 2011, State Senator Paul Doyle (D-Wethersfield) and State Representative Christie Carpino (R-Cromwell & Portland) today hailed the passage of House Bill 5540 in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

This bill adds a final touch to the 2011 legislation, which reconstituted the Mattabassett District by adding the city of Middletown as a full voting member. The addition of Middletown means the Mattabassett District now has four members: Berlin, Cromwell, Middletown and New Britain.

During the debate in the House of Representatives on HB-5540, Rep. Carpino, in order to allay concerns of constituents, asked the co-chairman of the Planning and Development Committee if this proposal guaranteed the town of Cromwell an annual $100,000 payment and he answered ‘yes”.

“This legislation clarified the voting rights of all four member towns of the district,” said Sen. Doyle. “I look forward to a bright future for the newly constituted Mattabassett District.”

The addition of Middletown to the district spreads the costs for a required $100 million environmental upgrade over four towns instead of three.

The bill now heads to the Governor for his consideration.

 

Carpino, Area Legislators Hail Legislation Criminalizing False Claims of Military Valor

Posted on April 25, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD –With the proliferation of people falsely representing themselves as having a military medal or decoration, or wearing a uniform of one of the armed forces that they are not authorized to wear in an attempt to falsely obtain money or gain property, goods or services, State Reps. Pamela Sawyer (55), Christie Carpino (32) and Melissa Ziobron (34) all voted to criminalize making such a dishonest claim.

Under this bill, HB-5293, An Act Concerning Military Valor, those who would openly disrespect the sacrifice of those who serve our country for self-enrichment would receive appropriate penalties for assuming the awards, decorations, and uniforms we reserve for the highest form of patriotic service performed by members of the military who defend our nation and our freedom.

“It is time to stand up for the valor of our brave men and women in uniform who so honorably and honestly serve their country. A just penalty for those who disrespect and  dishonestly use a uniform for ill-gotten gain has now been brought to the forefront with this bill,” said Rep. Sawyer.

Ziobron said, ” I agree with the sentiments of my colleagues. In my district where we honor all of our hometown heroes with special Yellow Ribbon ceremonies, it is disgraceful to think that someone would falsify their background for special treatment or recognition.”

Carpino, who co-sponsored the proposal said, “These are despicable acts committed by loathsome people who should pay a very severe penalty — and a very public price — for daring to steal the valor of those too few who survived and of the great many who did not.”

In Connecticut, there are currently several opportunities meant for legitimate veterans such as those for veteran-owned businesses and service-disabled veterans which should be protected and preserved for those they are intended to help.

The bill stems from the U. S. Supreme Court’s ruling in U.S. v. Alvarez which stated that the federal military medal misrepresentation statute was unconstitutional because it violated a person’s First Amendment right to free speech.  The plurality opinion stated there is no general First Amendment exception for false statements, but acknowledged there are many laws punishing or criminalizing false statements that cause definite and identifiable harm through fraud.

HB 5293, An Act Concerning Military Valor now heads to the State Senate for final legislative action.

Carpino: Replacement of Route 17A Bridge Over Carr Brook in Portland

Posted on April 25, 2014 by admin


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PORTLAND- State Rep. Christie Carpino announced the Connecticut Department of Transportation has scheduled the replacement of the Route 17A bridge over Carr Brook in Portland on or about Wednesday, May 7, 2014. A detour will be required. 

 

The project consists of the replacement of bridge with a 28-foot clear span structure comprised of a precast concrete rigid frame structure founded on piles and cast-in-place concrete footings. Also, the cast-in­ place concrete wingwalls will be founded on piles and cast-in-place concrete footings. The overall width  of  the  proposed  structure  will  be  35′-8″,  which includes  a  32-foot  curb-to-curb  width  to accommodate a 12-foot travel lane and 4-foot shoulder in each direction. Approximately 500 feet of roadway reconstruction will be performed, along with replacing the existing guide railing with Type R-B 350 guiderail that conforms to current standards.

DOT Project No. 0112-0114 is scheduled to be completed November 19, 2014.

VEHICLE DETOUR INFO

A portion of Route 17A will be closed to thru traffic with a detour in place from May 7, 2014 until the scheduled reopening of Route 17A on October 1, 2014. The detour will be clearly marked with proper signage directing motorist to Route 17 in Portland.

Carpino Helps Defeat Plan to Rollback Drug-Free School Zone

Posted on April 25, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) hailed the defeat of a proposal to shrink the size of drug-free zone surrounding schools, daycares and public housing, from 1,500 feet to 200 feet.

Carpino and other legislators on the Education committee voted down the measure April 24th, with it failing 11-17. Carpino also voted against the measure in Judiciary, both this year on last, and spoke out against the proposal both in committee and on the House floor last session.

“The defeat of this proposal is a win for all children in Connecticut. We should be tough on drug dealers and enforce the current penalties, not send them a message that it’s open season to sell to our children,” said Rep. Carpino.

Carpino was one of the chief opponents of the bill which lessens the enhanced penalties for drug possession and dealing near schools and daycare centers.

Carpino Applauds New Road Signs on Rt. 66

Posted on April 22, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) announced that the state Department of Transportation (DOT) will be installing replacing all of the existing signing that is on Route 66 with new signs and additional upgrading Chevron traffic warning signs to the high intensity sheeting in Portland over the few weeks.

Two crashes occurred in the area of Portland known as “the Ledges,” in the fall of last year with the drivers killed in both instances. Some parts of the Ledges are fairly narrow with stone outcroppings on either side of the street, very close to the shoulder. The road in that area is also winding and lacks lighting in some areas.

Carpino has been working with officials at the state Department of Transportation to find ways to mitigate the dangerous nature of the road through signage and speed/DUI enforcement.

Carpino said, “Speed, road conditions, lighting, weather conditions, and fatigue all play a part in the safety of our travelers. We all must be a little more vigilant on our roads.”

A Chevron sign is a traffic warning sign that is placed in road areas with curves or bends. These signs are used to guide and give crucial traffic information to the motorists. They are primarily arrows that are found on rectangular signs. Additionally, DOT will be replacing a number signs to be installed along the full length of Route 66 in the Ledges area of Portland.

Carpino, Linares: Brownfield Funds Will Help Portland Revitalize Blighted & Vacant Site

Posted on April 17, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino, State Senator Art Linares along with Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has awarded $3,821,000 in grants to 21 communities to advance the development of brownfield sites throughout the state including $200,000 for Portland.

Administered through the state’s Municipal Brownfields Assessment and Inventory Grant Program, the 22 grants announced today will assist cities, towns, and regional development agencies to assess and investigate over 310 acres across 48 sites, allowing the communities to take the vital first or next step toward reuse of sites that in many cases have been underused or abandoned for decades.

The Portland grant of $200,000 will be used for assessing 5.3 acres on three sites adjacent to the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park for commercial and open space development.

The properties are 222,230, and 248 Brownstone Avenue along the Connecticut River and in close proximity to Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park. They are privately held abandoned former bulk petroleum storage and industrial facilities. Funding will go toward a remedial action plan and cost estimates for cleaning up the properties.

“Cleaning up and remediating brownfield sites and transforming them into useful pieces of property is an immense benefit to a small community like Portland,” said Rep. Carpino.

“This funding will allow Portland to move forward with key redevelopment efforts at several sites,” said Sen. Art Linares, who wrote letters to state officials in support of the funding. “We want to see our vacant, underused and blighted sites put back to productive use. The focus on multiple parcels here in Portland is good for our environment and for our economic future. We appreciate this grant from the State.”

The municipal grant program was created as a complement to DECD’s larger brownfield programs to assist local governments and their development agency partners to begin the process of redeveloping priority brownfield sites. Prior to redevelopment of a brownfield or suspected contaminated site, environmental assessments are often required to provide more information to potential redevelopers about the site’s environmental conditions.

Under the program, applicants are eligible to receive grants of up to $200,000 to fund investigation and other pre-development activities to prepare sites for future development and reuse.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee said, “These investments in brownfield assessments are the critical first step toward redevelopment of these valuable lands. By putting these properties back into productive use we can take advantage of existing infrastructure, protect public health and the environment, and reduce development pressure on our undeveloped lands.”

Carpino: Local Soldier Welcomed Home

Posted on April 15, 2014 by admin


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CROMWELL- On Saturday, April 12th, the Town of Cromwell and the State of Connecticut welcomed home Specialist Tom Chiasson of the 10th Mountain Division out of Ft Polk, LA after spending the last nine months in an eastern province of Afghanistan at a FOB.

Tom, who is a combat medic in an infantry unit performing both medical duties and unit assignments (mostly security), received an overwhelming welcome from Cromwell friends and family including his mother, Cromwell resident Melanie Kelley, and father Portland resident Ron Chiasson.

Tom’s mother Melanie Kelley said, “I am so glad to see Tom welcomed home in such a way.  I am a proud mom, and am proud to live in a community that feels the same way.”

His father Ron said, “We are all very proud of Tom and his service to our country, but we’re glad to have him home again, even if it’s only for the couple of weeks before he has to return to Fort Polk, LA.”

The Police and Fire Departments escorted Tom from the town line to his home, along streets lined with friends.  The Cromwell Fire Department honored Tom Chiasson with a large American flag hung from one of their CFD ladder trucks on Court Street in Cromwell and many members came out to personally welcome him home.

State Rep. Christie Carpino presented Tom with the State of Connecticut flag, which was flown over the State Capitol in his honor, as a token of the community’s appreciation for his service to the nation. Carpino thanked Tom, whom she’s known since he was in high school, for his bravery and sacrifices.

 

 

Carpino Supports Stricter Penalties for ‘Knockout Game’ Perpetrators

Posted on April 15, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) voted with the legislature’s Judiciary committee to support a bill that would increase criminal penalties for sucker-punch attacks, as known as the Knockout Game.

The bill, which passed the Judiciary Committee on a 31-10 vote April 14th, would impose a mandatory minimum two-year prison sentence for those who intentionally cause serious physical injury, and without provocation, knock someone unconscious by striking a victim in the head.

“As incidents of this knockout game continue to occur in our state, we need to send potential offenders a strong message that this behavior will not be tolerated. If you commit this crime you will be punished,“ said Carpino.

The “knockout” crimes assault as a 2nd degree assault, which is a class D felony and to transfer children of age sixteen to be charged with such assault to the regular criminal docket of the Superior Court. Committing such a crime would establish a two year mandatory minimum sentence and treat them as adults in the Superior Court.

The knockout game is a disturbing and dangerous new trend is spreading across the country where innocent unsuspecting people are getting attacked for no apparent reason while walking the streets. One such incident happened in New Haven late last fall.

A person commits 2nd degree assault when he or she does any of the following to another person:

1.  Intentionally causes serious physical injury;
2. Intentionally causes physical injury by using a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument other than by discharging a firearm;
3. Recklessly causes serious physical injury by using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument; or
4. For a purpose other than lawful medical or therapeutic treatment, intentionally causes stupor, unconsciousness, or other physical impairment or injury by administering, without the victim’s consent, a drug, substance, or preparation capable of producing the same.
5. A person also commits this crime if he or she is a parolee and intentionally causes physical injury to an employee or member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

 

Carpino Backs Bi-Partisan Legislation Bolstering Resources for Sex Assault Victims

Posted on April 10, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD—State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell and Portland) hailed passage of legislation she co-sponsored that will give victims of sexual assault and stalking on college campuses clear and concise information on their rights and options for reporting such crimes.

Under the bipartisan legislation passed in the House of Representatives today (H.B. 5029) colleges and universities must also establish a campus resource team that will function as an advisory panel that would create education program for students, faculty and staff. The proposal also requires schools to develop relationships with community providers that specialize in either domestic or sexual violence.

“It is unacceptable for any sexual or domestic violence victim, male or female, to have their victim crime report ignored or dismissed without investigation. I’m proud to say the bill has bipartisan support,” said Rep. Carpino.

The proposal, approved unanimously in the House, builds on tougher regulations enacted in 2012 that required schools to establish policies and regulations regarding sexual assaults. The legislation voted on Thursday mandates that colleges and universities treat stalking in the same manner. The proposal goes beyond federal standards. One in five women on college campuses suffers assaults, and just 20 percent of assaults are being reported, according to statistics cited by Higher Education committee members.

Sexual violence on campuses made headlines when University of Connecticut students this year testified before legislators, contending that school officials weren’t helpful when they reported crimes.

Carpino Applauds Cromwell Student Inventors

Posted on April 3, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) took time to visit local students to see what kinds of creative inventions they came up with at the State Capitol Annual Invention Convention Day.

The five student inventors from Cromwell schools developed innovative products.

The inventions included:

  • A baby safe invention to prevent children from choking on objects.
  • A ‘Sun Shader’ to shade a porch without blocking your view.
  • A ‘Nail Holder’ tool which allows you to safely hit a nail into a piece of wood without striking your fingers.
  • An iSAVER which goes on your phone and attaches to your pants to prevent a smartphone from falling or getting lost or stolen.
  • iDESK, an erasable white board for your desk.

“I am so proud of these students. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to show off their creativity and to get involved with thinking outside the box,” said Rep. Carpino.

This is the 31st year of the Connecticut Invention Convention, which is a not-for-profit educational organization started in 1983 as part of the Connecticut Educators Network for the Talented and Gifted. The program is open to K-8 students statewide with instruction provided by local teachers. An estimated 100 CT schools and 10,000 students participate in the CIC each year.

Carpino praised the elementary school inventors for their creativity and hard work, as well as their imaginations.

For more information on the Connecticut Invention Convention visitwww.ctinventionconvention.org

Carpino Op-Ed: Working to Protect Our Community

Posted on April 1, 2014 by admin


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Each session multiple bills come before me with the laudable goals of making Connecticut residents safer and punishing those who break the law. Here are just a few that are making their way through the legislative process.

I voted in favor of SB-465, An Act Concerning Ignition Interlock Devices, an attempt to get tough on drunk drivers in Connecticut. The bill prohibits people arrested for driving under the influence from operating a vehicle unless it is equipped with an Ignition Interlock Device (IID).
This bill is of particular importance to Portland in light the recent fatalities on our roads. I’ve worked in concert with law enforcement and DOT to improve the safety of Route 66 and a crackdown on drunk driving will reinforce those efforts. MADD supports this bill.

I also voted to support HB 5525, An Act Concerning Child Pornography, which will update Connecticut’s law regarding the possession of child pornography. If it passes, this bill will go a long way to make sure that criminal penalties match the harm done to the victim.

HB 5029, An Act Concerning Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus, which I cosponsored, will require all private and public colleges in Connecticut to provide formal documentation to all victims of sexual assault that their complaint has been reported and explains their rights to get help. Colleges would also be required to establish a sexual assault response team to better coordinate the work of campus counselors, health service providers and others.
It is unacceptable for any sexual or domestic violence victim, male or female, to have their victim crime report ignored or dismissed without investigation. I’m proud to say the bill has bipartisan support.

Finally, I continue the fight against shrinking “drug free zone” areas from within 1,500 feet of a school, day care, or public housing complex, to within 200 feet. We should be making it more difficult for drug dealers to obtain access to our children, not easier.

State Rep. Christie Carpino promoting St Baldrick’s Portland Fire Co 2 Event on April 5th

Posted on March 29, 2014 by admin


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State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) promoting St Baldrick’s Portland Fire Co 2 Event on April 5th

Carpino Pushes for Middlesex County Fire School

Posted on March 28, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell and Portland) had a letter hand delivered to Governor Malloy asking for a state grant through the State Bond Commission to fund the design and build of a new Middlesex County Fire School.

“A new Middlesex County Fire School is essential to maintaining the public safety of every resident in the County. Our firefighters are asked to respond to an ever growing list of dangerous scenarios, and we must provide them with a safe and modern facility to learn the skills we rely on them to deliver,” said Rep. Carpino.

There is currently an unallocated bond balance for the Middlesex County Fire School in the state coffers.

Carpino has been working with her local fire chiefs in Cromwell and Portland as well as the Middlesex County Fire Chiefs Association, Inc. on the initiative for the past year.

Don Quick, former Deputy Chief of the Cromwell Fire Department and current 1st Vice President of the Middlesex County Fire Chiefs Association, Inc. said, “This is a critical need in our region. It will give us the ability to enhance the skills of individual departments and coordinate training among departments.”

A new Fire School would permit fire departments in the greater Middlesex County region an opportunity to obtain lifesaving skills in a safe environment. The school would provide a wide range of training classes from entry level through advanced, from vehicle extrication, rope rescue, fire strategy and tactics, to hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction.

Carpino Honored with CT Police Chiefs Association Award

Posted on March 21, 2014 by admin


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CROMWELL- State Representative Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland), a member of the legislature’s powerful Judiciary Committee, accepted the 2013 Legislative Award from the CT Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) for her work ensuring public safety for state residents. Cromwell Police Department Chief, Anthony J. Salvatore presented Rep. Carpino with the award for her legislative advocacy last session.

At the Cromwell Police Department, Carpino highlighted the important and positive impact the Cromwell and Portland Police Departments have on their local communities.

“Twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week- our law enforcement members are always there for us. When a resident picks up the phone and dials 911, there is never any doubt that our police officers will respond; often putting their own lives on the line,” said Rep. Carpino. “It’s an honor to work with our local officers in addressing public safety issues.”

The CPCA Legislative Award is given to legislators that have stood out in their support of our municipal police issues. Carpino played a key role last session in defeating a bill that would have reduced the amount municipal police departments from being able to keep when they seize property and assets. These funds permit police departments to provide additional public safety measures for residents.

Carpino: Heroes 4 Hire Career Fair Next Week

Posted on March 19, 2014 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Labor has announced it will host the 10th annual Heroes 4 Hire Career Fair for military veterans.

The event will be held on Tuesday, March 25th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Rentschler Field Ballroom in East Hartford.

As one of New England’s largest career fairs, the event is expected to host more than 70 employers, including DATTCO, Electric Boat, FedEx Ground, Mohegan Sun, Northeast Utilities, Subway, U.S. Foods and Yarde Metals.

There will be several state and federal agencies available to assist jobseekers at the event, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Social Security Administration and the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Participants will be able to take advantage of professional resume writers.

To stay updated on career fairs being held in Connecticut, please visit: http://www.ctjobfairs.com/.

Please visit http://www.cthousegop.com/ for news and commentary on the latest happenings in the 32nd Assembly District and at the State Capitol. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please feel free to contact me by phone 1- (800) 842-1423 or email Christie.Carpino@housegop.ct.gov.

Always,

Rep. Christie Carpino

Carpino Votes to Improve State Parks

Posted on March 14, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) today voted yes on a proposal to better maintain, fund and operate our state park system in Connecticut.

The legislature’s Program Review and Investigations committee, which Carpino is the head House Republican member, undertook a study last year which focused on state funding for state parks and forests with an assessment of whether funding has been adequate to support short- and long-term operational needs of parks and forests will be made.

Carpino said, “Unfortunately, Connecticut has long neglected our state parks. The hope is this proposal puts some accountability back into the system. Our pristine parks are one of the main reasons tourists come to Connecticut and provide an economic jolt to local surrounding businesses.”

Carpino championed the section of the bill which will provide a measure of challenges the parks face. This provision will provide a clear assessment on the hurdles and weaknesses of our resources so they can be addressed.  She also believes having a portion of the revenue DEEP collects from the rental of any cabin from the state parks and forests being deposited into the maintenance, repair and improvement account is a good first step in committing to state park up keep.

The study found that funding and staff for state parks has been declining Planning for the park system has defaulted to “crisis management” according to the study.

The Program Review and Investigations committee drafted legislation HB-5370, An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Program Review and Investigations Committee Concerning the Performance of Connecticut’s State Parks, based upon the 2013 study which included:

·         The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) must fully develop and submit the necessary reports required under current state law, and ensure each report is available on the department’s website for state parks in accordance with the statutory timeframes.

·         Fifty percent of all revenues, from renting cabins located within state parks or forests should be deposited within a Maintenance, Repair, and Improvement account for the specific park where such cabin(s) is located. The funds should be used to help offset maintenance costs of the cabins.

·         The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Parks Division should fully coordinate with Friends groups and other parks associations to ensure in-kind labor and financial resources provided by such groups are taken into consideration for budget and planning purposes.

·         The Parks Division should create a Results Based Accountability-style report card regarding park performance in accordance with the guidelines established by the legislature’s Appropriations Committee. The report card should include measures regarding park use (e.g., attendance, safety, and satisfaction), as well as measures of park operations (e.g., planning efforts) and park personnel.

·         The Parks Division should review the use and level of fees for each park location not less than once every five years, as part of an overall park review.

The bill passed unanimously and now goes to the House of Representatives for a full floor debate.

Carpino Fights the Shrinking of Drug Free Zones

Posted on March 12, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) submitted testimony to the legislature’s Judiciary committee opposing a proposal that would cut “drug free zone” areas from within 1,500 feet of a school, day care, or public housing complex, to within 200 feet.

Current law imposes stricter penalties for illegal drug-related activities within 1,500 feet around a public and private elementary and secondary schools, a public housing projects, and licensed child day care centers. SB-259 would reduce the state’s drug-free zones from 1,500 feet to 200 feet.

Carpino, who represents close to 3500 school children in Cromwell and Portland, said, “Each one of these kids will face struggles throughout their lives, giving drug dealers reduced penalties for selling close to their schools is one danger we should not impose on them.”

Last year, when a similar proposal came to the floor of the House of Representatives, House leadership were forced stop debate and pull the plug on the proposal after Carpino and other legislators across party lines stood in opposition against the shrinking of drug free zones.

Carpino expects this proposal to come up for a vote in the Judiciary committee, where she is a member.

Carpino: CT Common Core Hearings are March 12th

Posted on March 7, 2014 by admin


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Good news from the State Capitol!

A formal public hearing on the Common Core curriculum and public school teacher evaluation process has been scheduled. The public hearing will be in the Education Committee next Wednesday, March 12 at NOON in room 1E of the Legislative Office Building.

  • One of the proposals addresses teacher evaluation standards.
  • The second bill would freeze the implementation of the Common Core curriculum until all stakeholders have time to look at its potential effects and consider possible changes.

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/EDdata/pha/2014pha00312-R001200ED-pha.htm

FAQs
Who can testify at a public hearing?
Anyone may testify at a public hearing.

What are the rules?
The rules vary by committee. The notice of the Public Hearing in the Bulletin (cga.ct.gov) provides basic rule information.

How long should testimony be?
Testimony should be no longer than three minutes.

Who speaks first?
The first hour of a hearing is normally reserved for legislators and agency heads or invited guests. Then testimony is taken in the order people signed up.

Should I bring copies of testimony?
Written testimony is not required but is recommended. If you bring written testimony, you must bring a copy for every committee member. Your testimony can also be submitted electronically by contacting each committee in advance for the correct email address.

Education Committee Rules:
Please email a PDF copy of your written testimony to EDTestimony@cga.ct.gov by 2:00 P.M. on March 11 and include the word “Testimony” in the subject line.

Written testimony will be accepted in Room 3100 of the LOB until 9:30 A.M. on the date of the hearing. Please submit 35 copies. Written testimony submitted after 9:30 A.M. will not be distributed in hard copy form. Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 8:30 A.M. in First Floor Atrium of the LOB, will be by Lottery, and will conclude at 9:30 A.M. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Elected Officials and Agency Heads. Once they have finished speaking, students will be given the next priority to speak. Students and Elected Officials and Agency Heads do not have to wait in line for the lottery- sign ups for these groups is by a first-come-first-served basis. They may walk up to the table, identify themselves, and they will be signed up on the proper sheet. All testimony will be available at http://cga.ct.gov/ed.

I hope this is helpful!

Carpino, Ziobron Work to Protect Airline Trail Land in Portland

Posted on March 7, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD-Today, State Reps. Christie Carpino (R-32) & Melissa Ziobron (R-34) both submitted testimony to the legislature’s Environment committee on a proposal to preserve the Portland section of the Air Line Trail.

The bill, HB-5415, received a public hearing on March 7th. The proposal would require the state of Connecticut to protect and maintain the Portland portion of the Air Line State Park Trail land from possible development.

Currently, the town of Portland is working on a license agreement with Northeast Utilities which will grant permission for the public to use specific sections of the historic rail bed in Portland for recreation.

For many in Portland and throughout the State of Connecticut, the trail is an important part of our history. The Airline Trail permits many area residents enjoy the outdoors.

Both Carpino and Ziobron did mention in testimony that while they support the bill, they object strongly to the term eminent domain in the proposed bill language and urged the committee to strike eminent domain out of the bill in order to protect private property.

Ziobron said, “The Airline Trail State Park is an important asset in Eastern Connecticut. It is unique as it spans over 40 miles of an old railroad bed through many towns. It is a linear park where thousands of people bike, walk, run, and even horseback ride thru changing scenery. In the winter it is also used by cross country skiers and everyday it is used by dog owners and fitness enthusiasts. I am very supportive of the efforts to recognize this importance in statute. I know how unique and special this trail is, as I use the trail frequently—sometimes as much as three times a week.”

“Trails are a tourism driver which in turn is an economic jolt for our communities by bringing in visitors who buy goods such as snowmobiles, mountain bicycles, equestrian equipment, and hiking boots. Additionally, a surge in visitors brings dollars that are in turn spent on local restaurants, accommodations, retail purchases, and day trips. The economic potential behind the trail is tremendous, not only for Portland but for Connecticut,” said Rep. Carpino.

“It is my hope that we can come together to pass this legislation which both protects the natural beauty of our state’s dwindling rural areas and advances our economy,” said Rep. Carpino.

Carpino: CT Asking for Input of Area Seniors

Posted on March 5, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- In order to ensure that a state plan includes priorities important to older residents in the state, the State Department on Aging (SDA) is seeking to hear from Connecticut seniors according to State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell and Portland).

The State Department on Aging (SDA) is writing a new three-year strategic plan encompassing services for older adults in Connecticut, with an emphasis on programs funded by the Older Americans Act.

SDA is holding a series of meetings at the senior centers in your area in March 2014.

“The state wants to hear from you and make sure the state adequately designs and creates a plan that addresses the real life problems older residents’ face,” said Rep. Carpino.

Please join us on the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 13, 12-2 p.m.
    Max E. Muravnick Meriden Senior Center
    22 West Main St., Meriden, CT 06451
  • Tuesday, March 18, 12-2 p.m.
    Norwalk Senior Center South
    92 Cedar Street, Norwalk, CT
  • Wednesday, March 26, 1-3 p.m.
    Rose City Senior Center of Norwich
    8 Mahan Drive, Norwich, CT

For those that cannot attend the hearings but would still like to share their thoughts, please email aging.sda@ct.gov.

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Carpino & Linares Hail State Grant Portland Library Upgrades

Posted on February 28, 2014 by admin


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PORTLAND- State Rep. Christie Carpino & State Sen. Art Linares applauded the State of Connecticut’s Feb. 28 approval of a $20,000  grant-in-aid to the Portland Public Library for remodeling the restrooms in order to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The funding was approved unanimously by the State Bond Commission.

“This investment is welcome news,” Sen. Linares said. “The improvements will serve to make the library accessible to everyone, and we appreciate the state’s attention to this project.”

“This is great news for Portland! Our library is a central hub for the Portland community. These upgrades will allow the entire Portland community to participate in town government and to have their voices be heard,” Rep. Carpino said.

Library Director Janet Nocek said, “We are striving to make the library accessible to all area library users. We are very happy this is going to happen.”

On the web: www.portlandlibraryct.org, www.senatorlinares.com and www.cthousegop.com

CARPINO, OTHERS FORCE PUBLIC HEARING ON COMMON CORE

Posted on February 26, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell and Portland) and the rest of the House Republicans Wednesday, Feb. 26, forced the majority party to stage a formal public hearing on the Common Core curriculum and public school teacher evaluation process by petitioning out legislation that they say the Democrats refused to raise in the Education Committee.

Carpino and other Republican legislators resorted to the seldom used petitioning process by their caucus that allows for legislation to be raised. They gathered the required 51 signatures from their caucus under House Rule 11 that triggered the two bills to be raised with the public hearing to follow.

  • One of the proposals codifies the proposals brought forth by the committee created to establish teacher evaluation standards known as the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council.
  • The second bill would freeze the implementation of the Common Core curriculum until all stakeholders have time to look at its potential effects and consider possible changes.

“I have heard from many educators and parents from Portland and Cromwell who never had the opportunity to weight in before the new curriculum was created and put into motion. There are a lot of unknowns and people deserve to have their concerns heard,” said Carpino.
Carpino, who sits on the Education Committee, proposed several bills at the beginning of the legislative session:

  • Delay the implementation of new teacher evaluations until further discrepancies and concerns can be corrected;
  • Gradually implement the Common Core Standards in schools, instead of adopting it under one rollout;
  • Re-route the $1 million the State Department of Education planned to spend on marketing the Common Core, and instead, use it towards a state-wide competitive grant program for small districts, such as Cromwell and Portland, to help implement the Common Core.

“I look forward to attending the Education committee public hearing on Common Core. Democracy is served best when the people are heard,” said Rep. Carpino.

Carpino: CT Pothole Patrol

Posted on February 20, 2014 by admin


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With snow and ice storms and temperature changes from bitter cold to seasonably warm, roadways across Connecticut are starting to show signs of damage. Frost heaves and potholes develop seemingly overnight and can cause delays, traffic incidents and, in some extreme cases, damage to cars and trucks.

In an effort to address these issues in the fastest possible way, the State DOT has a website for you to report potholes and other dangerous road conditions on state roads.

While the website link above only applies to state roads you can always contact the Cromwell Public Works at 860.632.3420 or the Portland Public Works at 860.342.6733 for problems on town roads.

Best regards,

Christie Carpino

Carpino: Stop the Flow of Dirty Money from Financing State Elections

Posted on February 19, 2014 by admin


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Christie Carpino (Cromwell & Portland) along with the House Republican caucus are advocating for the reversal of legislation that diminished the level of transparency and escalated the use of campaign dollars in negative campaigning in General Assembly elections last session.

“The people in my district are quite adamant they do not want more negative campaigning. I will continue to fight against a system that permits state and local parties to raise corporate cash to be spent in state campaigns for the sole purpose of throwing dirt and mud at one’s opponent. Campaigns should be focused the issues and not on lies and half-truths,” said Rep. Carpino.

Last session’s Campaign Finance legislation passed along partisan lines in both chambers of the General Assembly and was signed into law by the Governor. The non-partisan group Common Cause warned the changes will lead to a decrease in transparency, an erosion of current election oversight, an increase in special interest money and an unlimited increase in negative campaigning.

Here are the highlights of what Rep. Carpino is proposing:

  • Prohibit organizational expenditures to be made on behalf of candidates in the Citizens’ Election Program, which promote the defeat of a candidate.
  • Reduce the amount an individual may contribute per year to state central committees from $10,000 to $5,000.
  • Require state central committees to file financial disclosure statements with the State Elections Enforcement Commission on a monthly basis.
  • Require that candidate committees file financial disclosure statements with the State Elections Enforcement Commission within ten calendar days following an election.
  • Prohibit Political Action Committees from making independent expenditures that benefit a candidate that has solicited on behalf of that political action committee in the time preceding that is equal to the term of office for which that candidate is running.
  • Penalize improper contributions or expenditures made by state central committee federal accounts for the benefit of state candidates by imposing a civil penalty not to exceed triple the amount of the improper contribution or expenditure.

Carpino, Cromwell Recreation Kickoff ‘The Great Cromwell Challenge’

Posted on February 14, 2014 by admin


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