State Lawmakers and Derby Mayor to Host Town Hall Meeting

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DERBY — House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, State Senator George Logan, and State Reps. Nicole Klarides-Ditria and Linda Gentile will join Mayor Richard Dziekan at the Derby City Hall (Council Chambers) on Monday, January 29th, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to talk about the upcoming 2018 legislative session with residents.

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria Votes to Restore Funding for Medicare Savings Program

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HARTFORD— State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria joined her colleagues on Tuesday to restore funding to the Medicare Savings Program, which helps over 100,000 seniors and individuals pay for Medicare co-insurance, deductibles and premiums. The MSP plan was approved in the House and Senate by veto-proof majorities.

“I heard from many seniors and individuals with disabilities that depend heavily on the Medicare Savings Program about the importance of restoring the funding for this program,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “My colleagues and I worked together to find a bipartisan solution to restore the funding this year. Our mounting fiscal crisis continues to deepen, and as we move forward it is vitally important that we address our fiscal challenges by prioritizing state spending and reforming state government.”

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New year, new laws that went into effect on January 1

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Yesterday, a number of new laws went into effect. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our communities. I therefore encourage you to take a look at the full list of laws that can be found by clicking here. I have listed some of the more noteworthy legislation below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these laws.

AN ACT PREVENTING PRESCRIPTION OPIOID DIVERSION AND ABUSE – Public Act No. 17-131 – requires prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over prescribing, reduces the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven to five for minors and allows patients to request drugs other than opioids be prescribed. Summary

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF A VETERAN FOR A CERTAIN HONOR AND CERTAIN BENEFIT – Public Act No. 17-83 – broadens the eligibility criteria for certain veterans’ benefits, allows additional people to receive a service ribbon and medal, be buried in a Connecticut veterans’ cemetery, or have veteran status indicated on their driver’s license or identity card. Summary

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