HARTFORD- On Thursday, Republicans and Democrats in the House joined forces to pass pro-veteran legislation, House Bill 7100. The bill ensuring transparency for the Connecticut Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines Fund (SSMF) was strengthened by an amendment proposed by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria to add language to expand greater tax relief for disabled veterans.
House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said, “I am proud to see Republicans and Democrats in the House unanimously supporting this legislation to provide greater tax relief for veterans. Disabled veterans live on fixed incomes, and aligning their tax relief exemption with increases in property tax is common sense. Our veterans have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, and making sure that they can afford to live in our state and receive the necessary services provided to them should be our top priority.”
“Themis and I have heard from several concerned disabled veterans about the difficulty of living in Connecticut on fixed incomes,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “Our state has created an environment where it is almost impossible for those living on fixed incomes to remain in Connecticut. This legislation will give our veterans the ability to afford to live in the state that they have fought for and want to call home. We will work with our colleagues in the Senate to get this bill passed by both chambers.”
HARTFORD- House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Representatives Lezlye Zupkus and Nicole Klarides-Ditria honored law enforcement officers from around the state at the Capitol on Tuesday for National Police Week. Local Connecticut State Trooper Kate Cummings, from Troop I located in Bethany, joined the lawmakers in Hartford for the celebration.
Rep. Klarides-Ditria added, “Thank you to all the law enforcement officers that joined us at the Capitol this week and all of those who protect and serve our communities. I am a proud wife of a police officer and see first-hand the courage and selfless acts carried out daily by men and women in blue. Anytime you see a police officer, please thank them for the service.”
HARTFORD- Wednesday, the House unanimously passed House Bill 6334, which was introduced by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Representatives Brenda Kupchick, J.P. Sredzinski, and Nicole Klarides-Ditria. The bill aims to improve conditions at brick and mortar private nonprofit animal shelters by requiring them to register with the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) and to comply with local zoning requirements.
“We have to make sure we maintain good moral standards for animal shelters and treat them in a way we can be proud of,” State Rep. Klarides-Ditria (R-105) said, “Themis and I experienced the worst of the worst last year when we walked into Fred Acker’s animal shelter to adopt a cat. I can’t imagine how sick an individual must be to abuse an animal. This legislation is a true victory that will help protect animals throughout the state from animal abusers.”