The state’s non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has issued its report on important issues that the General Assembly may face during the 2018 legislative session that begins on February 7th.
You can view or download the report by clicking here.
Yesterday, a number of new laws went into effect. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our communities. I therefore encourage you to take a look at the full list of laws that can be found by clicking here. I have listed some of the more noteworthy legislation below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these laws.
AN ACT PREVENTING PRESCRIPTION OPIOID DIVERSION AND ABUSE – Public Act No. 17-131 – requires prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over prescribing, reduces the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven to five for minors and allows patients to request drugs other than opioids be prescribed. Summary
AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF A VETERAN FOR A CERTAIN HONOR AND CERTAIN BENEFIT – Public Act No. 17-83 – broadens the eligibility criteria for certain veterans’ benefits, allows additional people to receive a service ribbon and medal, be buried in a Connecticut veterans’ cemetery, or have veteran status indicated on their driver’s license or identity card. Summary
Last Monday, we wrapped up a series of public updates on the state budget in our shared town of East Windsor.
We want to thank all those who came to our open forums and shared their thoughts. Meetings like these are a great opportunity for constituents to learn more about the specifics of the budget and share their concerns. As your representatives in Hartford, it is important for us to get your feedback.
This year, we were presented with a massive budget deficit, and a majority party that believed the only way out was to raise taxes on hard-working families and businesses. We were not going to stand for another massive tax increase, and crafted an alternative vision for the state that did not include a sales or income tax increase. Our ideas that were enacted included a stronger spending cap, created a cap on state borrowing, provided our municipalities with mandate relief, and instituted a program to provide relief to homeowners with a crumbling foundation, among many positive steps forward for Connecticut.
Although we were able to accomplish a historic bipartisan budget this year, many difficulties are still on the horizon. We stand ready to once again offer real solutions, and look forward to hopefully working in a bipartisan basis to address the many issues facing our state.
As always, if you need any assistance with your state government, please feel free to give our office a call at 860-240-8700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.