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2017 Major Public Acts Report

The Office of Legislative Research has released a summary of the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly in the 2017 regular session.

Here are a couple of bills that I supported this session that will become law.

Animal Shelters

I was proud to introduce this piece of legislation with my sister, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Reps. J.P. Sredzinski and Brenda Kupchick. Under this new law, anyone who wants to operate or maintain an animal shelter in Connecticut must register with the agriculture commissioner and comply with regulations on sanitation, disease, humane treatment of cats and dogs, and public safety protection (PA 17-167, effective October 1, 2017).

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Seymour Delegation Announce Town Hall Meeting

SEYMOUR- State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria and Senators Eric Berthel and Kevin Kelly will be hosting a Legislative Town Hall Meeting on Monday, June 26th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Seymour High School Cafeteria.

Residents will have the opportunity to hear from their state lawmakers about the 2017 Legislative Session, which ended at midnight on June 7th. The legislators also ask residents to bring their questions or concerns that they may have about legislation that passed or pending legislation, especially regarding the state budget.

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House Eliminates Good Time Credits for Convicts

HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria praised the unanimous passage of legislation that eliminated good time credits for those who were sentenced for serious felonies prior to 1994.

The legislation was inspired by a case in which a Seymour man convicted of murdering Joyce Stochmal in 1984 when she was 19, was released from prison in March. The measure was adopted unanimously by the House late Monday night.

“The tragic case of Joyce Stochmal brought renewed attention to the flaws in our criminal justice statutes which allowed her convicted murderer to get out of prison before he should have. The grief that Joyce’s family has suffered through for the last 33 years was compounded this year with the release of her killer,’’ Klarides said. “We felt the need to address those flaws that allowed some convicts to be awarded good time credit.

“Letting convicted murders walk from prison for good time credits is unacceptable,” added Klarides-Ditria. “Joyce’s killer should have never been given the opportunity to receive good time credits, and this legislation will prevent this situation from happening to other victim’s families. We are making sure that the victim’s families are coming first with this bill today.”

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