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Reps. Harding & Duff Support Bethel Schools with Passage of Construction Legislation

Posted on May 18, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD –State Representatives Stephen Harding (R-107) and Will Duff (R-2) successfully shepherded critical school construction grant funds through both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly during a special session last week.

The Bethel legislators worked in concert in both the House and Senate to gain approval of $11,125,544 in state funds for Anna H. Rockwell School with the project estimated to cost
$24,723,432 with the grant funds now in place, the state will cover 45% of the entire cost of the project.

The Bethel legislators additionally gained approval of $18,498,470 in state funds for Ralph M.T. Johnson School with the project estimated to cost $41,107,711 with the grant funds now in place, the state will cover 45% of the entire cost of the project.

“I was proud to work with my legislative colleagues to secure State funding for the construction and renovations at Johnson and Rockwell schools in Bethel,” Rep. Harding said. “This has been a collaborative effort with many officials in Bethel and certainly well deserving for our local students.”

“In tough economic budget times, the legislature has to prioritize how the state spends its money and focus on the core functions of government. Building a strong education system for our children is one of those priorities we must always work to protect. I applaud the state for this much needed local school support. These funds will be wisely invested in both Anna H. Rockwell and Ralph M.T. Johnson schools to add value to our quality education system and Bethel community. This investment will enable our students to go to school in an environment conducive to learning, social development and growth. An investment in education is an investment in our future,” said Rep. Will Duff.

The legislation SB-184, An Act Concerning Authorization of State Grant Commitments for School Building Projects, passed the General Assembly unanimously and now moves to the governor’s office for his final signature.

Rep. Harding Co-Sponsors Legislation to Protect Educational Funding

Posted on May 9, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) has co-sponsored legislation that would protect educational funding by preventing the Executive Branch of Connecticut’s state government from making recessions or other reductions during the fiscal year.

House Bill 5171, prohibits the governor from making any recessions or other reductions to Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) during the fiscal year. Passage of this bill would ensure funding that had previously been promised to a municipality isn’t removed. Many town budgets are set and voted on between May and June for the year and cutting funding mid-year forces municipalities to essentially scrap many months of preparation and hard-work putting forth their annual budgets.

“Last year, Governor Malloy attempted to reduce almost $68 million dollars from the ECS program that was set for school districts all across our state, particularly this cut would have reduced millions in funding for our local schools in Bethel, Brookfield, and Danbury,” Rep. Harding said. “This money is designed to provide the necessary services our students require and such cuts would have had a disastrous impact on our schools and community.”

The ECS formula which is set by the legislature takes into account town wealth, student count with high need students, and other weighted factors in order to determine how much districts will receive on a per-pupil basis.

“I am proud to have co-sponsored legislation which prevents Governor Malloy or any governor from taking such action, our students deserve better,” Rep. Harding said.

The bill passed through the house on a 117-32 margin and will now head off to the Senate for a vote. The 2018 regular legislative session will conclude tonight at midnight.

Rep. Harding Co-Signs Legislation to Protect Sexual Assault Victims from Attackers

Posted on April 19, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) has co-sponsored legislation that would require anyone convicted of aggravated sexual assault to wear a global positioning system until the time of sentencing.

The legislation, SB- 239, An Act Concerning Global Positioning System Monitoring of Convicted Persons Awaiting Sentencing for Aggravated Sexual Assault, would include any offense involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person.

The current bill proposal would also require individuals convicted of aggravated sexual assault to pay for their GPS monitoring while they await sentencing.

“Anything we can do to protect the residents of our community from individuals who have been convicted of crimes involving sexual assault is a worthwhile endeavor,” Rep. Harding said. “I will continue to advocate for legislation which ensures violent and dangerous criminals remain in jail which is unfortunately contrary to some criminal justice measures enacted under Governor Malloy and his administration.”

The current bill proposal would require individuals convicted of aggravated sexual assault to pay for their GPS monitoring while they await sentencing. Last week, Rep. Harding and other members of the Judiciary Committee voted in of HB-239 by a 39-0 margin.

Last session, SB-1041, sought to ensure the same protections in SB-239, but due to time constraints was unable to be heard in the house for a vote despite passing unanimously in the Senate 36-0.