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Archive for September 2016

New Laws Take Effect October 1

A number of new laws passed during the 2016 Legislative Session take effect October 1, 2016. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community.

Included among those Public Acts that will become law on that date is a measure I supported to assist small businesses across the state:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE IMPACT OF PROPOSED REGULATIONS ON SMALL BUSINESSES (PA 16-32) –  To require fiscal notes by the Office of Fiscal Analysis to include an estimate of the number of businesses that would be affected by proposed legislation and an estimated fiscal impact on such businesses and, for regulatory flexibility analyses of proposed regulations, to redefine small business to include any business with two hundred fifty or fewer employees and to require additional information in such analyses.  FOR MORE DETAILS CLICK HERE.

For a full list of bills taking effect on October 1, 2016, CLICK HERE.

OPINION: Why is photo identification considered voter suppression? I just don’t get it!

Why is photo identification considered voter suppression?  I just don’t get it!

As a card carrying “goo goo” (good government type) who has spent her entire legislative life encouraging voter participation (12 years as a member of the Government Administration & Elections Committee with 4 years as its Ranking Member), I have served on every single Task Force crafting legislation on contracting reform, ethics reform, voting technology reform, Freedom of Information reform, and campaign finance reform.  And, I have listened, with an open mind and heart, for hours – probably days and weeks – to compelling testimony for and against requiring voter photo identification.

Voting is the bedrock freedom of our democracy, and its security should be protected.  We need to present a photo id to board an airplane, register at a hotel, cash a check at our own bank, enter a government building or courthouse, and even obtain a senior citizen discount at a movie.

My proposal is that cities and towns would issue a photo identification card (not tied to a driver’s license) without charge to the requestor, and with costs assumed by the Citizens Election Program fund.  There is absolutely no hardship involved, and I think the sanctity of each citizen’s vote would be ensured.  To me, that is the ultimate voting right.

Please join the conversation by attending a forum on the “Election Matters: The State of Voting in 2016” – at 7 p.m. on September 20 at the Greenwich Library. The program is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Greenwich Democratic and Republican Town Committees, and the Greenwich Library.

 

Rep. Floren Tours Greenwich Police Department

Greenwich Police Sergeant Thorme, Community Impact Section Supervisor, led a tour of the Greenwich Police Department for Reps. Floren, Camillo and Bocchino, and Senator Frantz. During the tour the legislators were able to see the different parts of the police department from the break rooms, to the gym, to the cell blocks and motor pool area while discussing the challenges facing police as they work to protect the community.

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Ramp Closures – Northbound Exit 35 On/Off Ramps on the Merritt Parkway in Stamford and New Canaan

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the nighttime closure of the Route 15 northbound Exit 35 on and off ramps on or about Thursday, September 8, 2016, for the installation of traffic signal loop detectors.
LANE CLOSURE INFO

Route 15 (Merritt Parkway) Northbound Exit 35 Off-Ramp:
Ramp will be closed between the hours of 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM, Thursday, September 8, 2016.  A complete detour will be installed to reroute traffic to Exit 36 NB, left on Old Stamford Rd, left on Route 15 SB to exit 35 Long Ridge Rd.

Route 15 (Merritt Parkway) Northbound Exit 35 On-Ramp:
Ramp will be closed between the hours of 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM, Thursday, September 8, 2016.  A complete detour will be installed to reroute traffic to Route 15 SB, Exit 34 Long Ridge Rd, left on Long Ridge, right on Route 15 NB.