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State Rep. Laura Devlin statement on Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s state’s transportation funding shortfalls

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State Rep. Laura Devlin statement on Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s announcement about the state’s transportation funding shortfalls and the governor’s calls for new taxes and burdens on commuters

As a member of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, I was neither surprised nor shocked that Governor Malloy cannot find funding for his overly ambitious Statewide Transportation Initiative.  In public hearing after public hearing we continued to ask the question of affordability and prioritization and never received a satisfactory answer.

For years, Gov. Malloy and legislative majority raided the state’s special transportation fund (STF) to balance their mismanaged state budgets and now they seems shocked the fund is scheduled to be insolvent in July. This new outcry by Gov. Malloy is his strategic way to force the legislature to approve new taxes and more burdens on commuters, possibly through the implementation of tolls.

Both House and Senate Republicans proposed a transportation plan, ‘Prioritize Progress’ which is a viable transportation solution which provides for an annual transportation funding mechanism guaranteeing at least $1 billion annually over the next 30 years with no tax increases or tolls. Our proposal provides for flexibility in setting transportation priorities and gives Connecticut a sustainable and predictable funding plan to support future generations.

Unfortunately, the Governor summarily dismissed our proposal in favor of his ‘own’ Transportation Plan which he now says the state can’t afford.

It is now time for the governor to work with the legislature and demand that we no longer bow to every gubernatorial whim. His actions the last few years now endanger our state’s transportation infrastructure.

State Rep. Laura Devlin, Fairfield Legislators Joins Fire/EMS Legislative Caucus

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HARTFORD – State Reps. Brenda Kupchick (D-132), Laura Devlin (R-134) and Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-133) have joined the legislature’s newly formed bi-partisan Fire and EMS Caucus. The caucus met in December and again on January 9th.  The committee will be divided into four subcommittees: Training/Education, Labor, EMS, and Fire Marshal/Regulations.  It will hold monthly meetings going forward.

“Our first responders deserve to have a powerful voice at the State Capitol. The formation of the Fire and EMS Caucus is a great way to hear directly from them on what they need and how, we as legislators can help our courageous men and women that lay their lives down on the line on a daily basis,” said Rep. Devlin.

“The Town of Fairfield prioritizes first responders and fire safety, and we are grateful to have a Fire Training School right in our own town that is utilized by many other towns in Fairfield County,” said Rep. Kupchick.  “My Fairfield colleagues and I will use the opportunity to serve on the legislature’s Fire and EMS Services Caucus to listen and learn about the needs and associated costs to host these trainings and making sure first responders have what they need to do their jobs as safely and effectively as possible.”

“I have been a strong supporter of the Fairfield Regional Fire School and of high quality training for first responders across Connecticut,” Rep. McCarthy Vahey said.  “I look forward to working with my colleagues on legislation to address the needs of the first responders who keep our communities safe.”

According to the Fairfield legislators the top issue is supporting the Regional Fire Training Schools, one of which is located in Fairfield.

The Fairfield House members are strong supporters of our public safety officers, supporting legislation in 2016 that established a firefighter’s cancer relief program, and funding this year for regional fire training schools.

Co-chairs, State Reps. Brian Ohler and Pat Boyd announced in May their plans to form the Fire and EMS Caucus. The caucus will focus on will specific public safety issues that first responders must navigate on a daily basis.

Reps. Devlin, Kupchick Holding Office Hours in Fairfield on January 27th

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FAIRFIELD State Representatives Laura Devlin (R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132) invite their constituents to attend office hours with them on the morning of Saturday, January 27th at Panera Bread in Fairfield.  The representatives will meet with any interested constituent for coffee and conversation on from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

This is an opportunity to meet with Reps. Kupchick and Devlin and speak with them about the upcoming legislative session, the recently-adopted state budget, pending legislation, and other issues they would like to hear addressed by their state representatives.

What: Office Hours
Where: Panera Bread, 2320 Black Rock Tpke. Fairfield
When: Saturday, January 27th, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Anyone who is unable to attend but would still like to speak to State Rep. Devlin can email her at Laura.Devlin@housegop.ct.gov.

Rep. Devlin: Join Your Legislators for Coffee in Trumbull

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TRUMBULL- With 2018 legislative session set to begin in a few weeks, Trumbull State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134), David Rutigliano (R-123) and Ben McGorty (R-122) will be co-hosting, a Saturday morning “Coffee Hour” event at the Corner Deli, 6374 Main Street, Trumbull from 10:00AM to 11:00AM on Saturday, February 3rd.

The three state representatives, who together represent the town of Trumbull in the CT House of Representatives, want to hear from their constituents. Trumbull residents are encouraged to join their legislators and talk about any issues, questions or concerns related to the Town of Trumbull or state government. The 2018 session begins on February 7th.

For updates on future coffees or legislative information please visit their legislative websites at www.repdevlin.comwww.reprutigliano.comwww.repmcgorty.com and sign-up for their newsletters.

For more information please contact the legislators at Laura.Devlin@housegop.ct.govDave.Rutigliano@housegop.ct.govBen.McGorty@housegop.ct.gov, or by phone at 1-800-842-1423.

 

 

Rep. Laura Devlin Votes to Restore Funding for Medicare Savings Program as Legislature Approves Plan

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HARTFORD – State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134) voted on Tuesday for a bipartisan plan that would provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year.  Last month, the legislators successfully the General Assembly back into special session in order to address the issue.  

MSP is a Medicaid program that helps seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare co-insurance, deductibles and premiums. Connecticut was one of five states whose income eligibly limits exceeded the federal minimum level. Legislators in adopting the budget in October reduced the eligibility to the federal minimum, consequently reducing or eliminating coverage for many of the program’s thousands of participants. The state’s Department of Social Services in December announced it would delay implementation of the eligibility reduction by two months, giving concerned program participants a reprieve from an unexpected jump in their healthcare costs as lawmakers worked to find $53 million to fund the program through June.   

“I am grateful we were able to force a petition and vote to restore this vital program. Many seniors in Fairfield and Trumbull  rely on this program for essential medical services that they could not afford otherwise. The cut to Medicare Savings Program would have disqualified 86,000 low-income seniors and another 27,000 would have their coverage,” said Rep. Laura Devlin. 

The MSP plan was approved in the House by a 130 to 3 vote and in the Senate by a 32-1 vote. Among the methods used to restore program funding is a requirement that Gov. Malloy reduce the number of managers and consultants—a provision included in the adopted budget ignored by the governor. Other components include moving human resources-related functions of some state agencies into the state’s Department of Administrative Services, and requiring the governor to find savings in Executive Branch functions while limiting his ability to cut more than 10 percent from any one program.  

The 2018 legislative session starts February 7 where state lawmakers will focus primarily on issues tied to the state budget.

State Rep. Laura Devlin Rings the Salvation Army Bell for Charity

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TRUMBULL-State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) and Ben McGorty (R-122) with Trumbull Town Councilor Michelle Rutigliano, who was substituting for her ill husband Rep. David Rutigliano (R-123), along with Salvation Army Major Lydia Pearson ringing the bell and raising money for the Salvation Army during the holiday season at the Trumbull Stop & Shop.

 

State Rep. Laura Devlin, Trumbull Delegation Holding ‘Learn About the Legislature’ Forum

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TRUMBULL- State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134), David Rutigliano (R-123) and Ben McGorty (R-122) will be hosting a legislative process forum to share with Trumbull residents how Connecticut state government operates and how citizens can advocate for a state issue.

 The forum will take place on Tuesday, January 30th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Trumbull Town Hall in the Council Chambers. The Town Hall is located at 5866 Main Street in Trumbull.

 The three Trumbull legislators want to explain how a bill becomes a law and discuss potential legislation with the 2018 legislative session beginning on February 7th.

 The legislators will get into legislative detail on the General Assembly committee process, how to track bills, how to testify for or against a specific bill proposal, and what kind of bills are proposed in a short session versus last year’s long legislative session.

 For questions please call 1.800-842-1423, or visit email your respective Trumbull legislator, David.Rutigliano@housegop.ct.gov, Laura.Devlin@housegop.ct.gov, Ben.McGorty@housegop.ct.gov.

 

 

 

State Rep. Laura Devlin: New Laws Effective January 1st

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Please note that this is provided as information, and inclusion in this message does not indicate my support or opposition to an individual measure.

As 2017 comes to an end, we prepare for a number of new laws to take effect starting January 1, 2018. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. 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, reduce the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven to five for minors and allow patients to request drugs other than opioids be prescribed.
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AN ACT CONCERNING WITHHOLDING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INCOME FOR CHILD SUPPORT – Public Act No. 17-27 – requires an employer promptly notify the dependent (i.e., spouse, former spouse, or child owed the support) or judicial branch’s Support Enforcement Services, as directed if an employee whose income is withheld to enforce a child support order makes a workers’ compensation claim.

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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.

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Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect in the new year in the State of Connecticut.

New legislation typically goes into effect on January 1st, July 1st, or October 1st in a calendar year, although a few laws go into effect immediately upon passage.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns relating to state government at Laura.Devlin@housegop.ct.gov or call 1.800.841.1423.

Saturday at Saugatuck Sweets: Fairfield Legislators Host Food Drive to Benefit Operation Hope

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Fairfield state lawmakers are encouraging residents to help their neighbors in need during this Christmas/Chanukah holiday season. 

On Saturday, Dec. 23, Sen. Tony Hwang, Reps Laura Devlin, Brenda Kupchick and Cristin McCarthy Vahey will be collecting food donations to benefit Operation Hope from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Saugatuck Sweets, 28 Reef Road, Fairfield.   

For each food donation, the donor’s family will receive A FREE SOFT SERVE CONE. 

For more information:

www.SenatorHwang.com

www.RepKupchick.com

www.RepDevlin.com

www.saugatucksweets.com

www.operationhopect.org

 

State Rep. Laura Devlin, Local Legislators Talk State Issues With Fairfielders

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FAIRFIELD- In an effort to talk with Fairfielders in a more informal setting, State Reps. Laura Devlin and Brenda Kupchick along with State Senator Tony Hwang hosted a ‘Pints and Politics’ legislative conversation at Local Kitchen & Craft Beer Bar in Fairfield.

Over a pint of local brew and to promote a Fairfield small business, the Fairfield legislators entertained questions and concerns from Fairfield residents in a casual conversation on the major issues that shaped the 2017 legislative session, including protracted state budget process and the effects on Fairfield education and town finances.

Additionally legislators also talked about holding one’s elected officials accountable for votes on the issues that are matter to our state’s ability to recover- from tax-laden budgets, to bad labor agreements, to policies that will encourage job creators-private businesses- to choose Connecticut.

Most Fairfield residents expressed their frustration and angry with what is happening to our state and are outwardly wondering if they can stay in the state. Many of the people in attendance wanted a greater understanding of what’s been going on in Hartford and how they can get involved to make a positive change.

“I am heartened to see such a great turnout. People are very much engaged in the political debate and seem genuinely frustrated by the lack of understanding by the majority party in Hartford when it comes to our economy. I told the group, towns like Fairfield should not be punished for being a fiscally well-run town. Bailouts for Hartford or other mismanaged communities only reward bad budget practices,” said Rep. Devlin. “Legislators need to realize that their votes have major consequences that ripple throughout the state’s economy. Passing laws making it more difficult to run a business in Connecticut and has a negative impact on jobs.  I always enjoy speaking directly with my constituents and look forward to doing more similar type events.” Read More →