Rep. Klarides-Ditria, Republicans Release Budget Focused on the Future

Posted on May 4, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria said the revised Republican budget plan issued on Wednesday addresses the budget shortfall, restores the Medicare Savings Program in full, and will stabilize future state budgets.

“We need to focus on the future and not place today’s fiscal problems on the next generation,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “Our plan prioritizes spending and will lead to a brighter future for Connecticut.”

The revised Republican budget proposal does the following:

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House Passes Sports Helmets Safety Bill Introduced by Klarides Sisters

Posted on May 1, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – Yesterday, the House unanimously passed legislation, introduced by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria, which will provide consumers with better information regarding the safety of sports helmets.

The Klarides sisters brought this legislation forward after, Jason Klein of Force3 Pro Gear, a local Derby business, expressed his frustration that his company and others were unable to share their helmet safety test results with the public.

According to Klein, sports safety helmets are tested by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. The NOCSAE helmet standard uses a pass/fail threshold to determine whether or not a helmet meets the standard performance criteria. The NOCSAE pass/fail threshold is 1200 Severity Index units or SI. A helmet must test below 1200 SI in all 16 designated and random impact locations, including impacts at a helmet in ambient, high and low temperatures.

Klein said in testimony, “There’s been no place for an athlete or parent seeking helmet safety information to turn and no way for them to compare results with other helmets currently on the market.”

Rep. Klarides and Klarides-Ditria said in a joint statement, “Helmet manufacturers should be able to tell the public that their protective equipment is tested and safe. We want to thank Jason for bringing this forward. This legislation will keep athletes of all ages safe.”

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria Votes No on $15 Million UConn Graduate Contract

Posted on May 1, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria explained that the Graduate Employee Union Local 6950 approved by House Democrats on Friday would cost the state more than $15 million dollars over four years.

“A two percent increase for graduate teachers and research assistants at UConn will continue to increase the cost of tuition,” said Rep. Klarides –Ditria. “If this contract is approved by the Senate the benefits for a graduate employee would be nearly $40,000 a year. This contract is wrong in many ways and asking students and parents to pay more for tuition, so a select few can receive outrageous benefits, is unacceptable.”

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House Passes Bill to Examine Habeas Corpus Filings, Heads to Senate

Posted on April 26, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria applauded the bipartisan passage of House Bill 5407, An Act Establishing a Task Force to Promote Efficiencies in the Filing of Habeas Corpus Matters, on Tuesday.

The Klarides sisters introduced H.B. 5407, after seeing the problem first hand. The family of Joyce Stochmal, a young woman from Seymour who was murdered in 1984, did not receive notice from the Department of Criminal Justice that the defendant in their case had a viable habeas claim until very late in the process. In fact, the defendant in the case was released from prison last March through a sentence modification.

“It’s time for a major overhaul of the habeas corpus application system in Connecticut,” said Rep. Klarides. “Inmates are filing seemingly endless habeas corpus applications at the cost of taxpayers and victims. The Stochmal family and other families are not being well served by Connecticut’s criminal justice system. We need to improve the habeas corpus system and passing this bill will be the first step in that direction.”

Rep. Klarides-Ditria added, “I want to thank the Stochmal family for continuing to advocate for victims and their families. Victims’ families should come first and not notifying them of habeas corpus claims is unacceptable. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this legislation.”

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Guide Rail Improvements along Route 67

Posted on April 19, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the upgrading of guide rails along Route 67 in Seymour and Woodbridge. The project also includes the removal of select trees that fall within clear zones along this route.

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State Lawmakers Host Fire Service Day

Posted on April 13, 2018 by admin


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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, State Reps. Nicole Klarides-Ditria and Linda Gentile joined local Fire Chiefs at the State Capitol on Wednesday for Fire Service Day.

Pictured – L to R – Vaughan Dumas Orange Fire Chief, Chuck Stankye III Former Derby Fire Chief, Kenneth Mitchell Former Orange Fire Chief, James Trzaski Former Fire Chief Beacon Hose

Bottom row – L to R – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, State Rep. Linda Gentile, and State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria.