Rep. Floren and fellow Greenwich state and local officials attended a crowded meeting at Town Hall regarding the potential high-speed rail project, which could run through the community. Greg Stroud, Ph.D., of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, spoke of possible impact on the town’s historical and cultural sites.
Please click here to read the full Greenwich Time article by Ken Borsuk (photo by Bob Luckey Jr.).
Rep. Livvy Floren proudly joined fellow Greenwich state legislators and hundreds of Abilis supporters at the Greenwich Town Hall on Wednesday to stand up for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The state budget impasse has adversely affected people throughout Connecticut, and without swift action, these cuts will only bring more uncertainty to those in need of assistance.
HARTFORD – State RepresentativesLivvy Floren (R-149) voted to override Gov. Malloy’s veto of H.B. 6880, An Act Concerning the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure during a veto session yesterday, July 24, 2017. The Governor vetoed the bill after it passed both the House (116-33) and Senate (30-6) during the regular session.
The bill lowers the requirements for municipalities to reach a moratorium on affordable housing construction. Currently, cities and towns that cannot meet the threshold are vulnerable to predatory developers who can bypass local zoning laws. The language in this bill expands the unit types that count toward moratorium, adds more weight to certain unit types and reduces the threshold for smaller cities and towns making moratorium more achievable. Towns are required to have a specified number of affordable housing units, which has been problematic for some local governments. This legislation is designed to alleviate some of that burden.
“This bill was about giving towns more autonomy over local development,” said Rep. Floren. “Federal issues should be dealt with by the federal government, state issues should be handled by the state governments and local issues should remain in the hands of municipal governments. While the existing law is well intended, we must be mindful of the struggles faced by our towns as this fiscal crisis continues and provide them with the flexibility they need to operate effectively and efficiently.”
In order to override a veto by the Governor, each chamber must repass the bill with a two-thirds vote, meaning at least 101 votes would be needed in the House and 24 would be needed in the Senate. H.B. 6880 received the required votes in the House of Representatives (101-47) and the Senate (24-12). The veto has been overridden.
Please click here or on the image to the left to watch the video of Rep. Floren’s remarks.
Rep. Livvy Floren was honored to read the original deed at the Founder’ Day celebration at the Innis Arden Cottage honoring Greenwich’s heritage on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Thank you to all who attended and congratulations to the winners of the first “This Place Matters” photo competition.
Please click here to read the full story by Greenwich Time reporter Jennifer Turiano. Special thanks to Tyler Sizemore for providing the photo.
Thank you to Matt Bracchitta of the Greenwich Free Press for providing the photo on the right. Please click here to read the full story by GFP reporter Matthew Bonaparte.
Rep. Floren joined Reps. Bocchino and Camillo at the League of Women Voters’ annual Legislative Picnic in Riverside July 12, 2017. Thank you to the hosts and the LWV for the invitation to discuss important state issues affecting Greenwich, including the state budget crisis. Thank you to Ken Borsuk and Tyler Sizemore of the Greenwich Time for their coverage and photography.
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On Wednesday, July 5, Reps. Floren, Bocchino and Camillo spoke at the Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich’s weekly lecture series. They discussed the gridlock in Hartford surrounding the state budget and how they believe the solution to Connecticut’s fiscal troubles is for our state government to begin operating within its means.
Special thanks to the Greenwich Time for their coverage of this event, especially Ken Borsuk (reporter) and Tyler Sizemore (photographer). Please click here to read the full story.
To watch the video of our remark, please click here.
Rep. Floren’s co-sponsored bill, H.B. 7124, An Act Concerning Health Insurance Coverage for Fertility Preservation for Insureds Diagnosed with Cancer, has now become law after receiving unanimous support in both chambers of the General Assembly and the Governor’s signature.
Rep. Floren was proud to support this legislation as a co-sponsor and to see its positive impact on cancer patients throughout the state. Cancer is a devastating illness and the side effects of Chemotherapy can be equally devastating. This legislation will give hope to cancer survivors, like Melissa Thompson, who wish to growth their families once they have won their battle and have entered remission.
Please click here or on the image above to read the full Hartford Courant article by Daniela Altimari.
State Representative Livvy Floren (R-149) speaks with David Smith about the new dynamics in the General Assembly with a divided Senate and a slim Democratic majority in the House. Rep. Floren believes the close numbers are forcing both sides to work together, which is important for Connecticut residents. They also discuss unions, bonding and the budget.
Please click here or on the image above to watch Rep. Floren’s clip.