Klarides Offers Testimony in the Opioid Epidemic Fight


HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Themis Klarides on Friday offered testimony on a caucus proposal increase penalties for the dealing and manufacturing of fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives, a substance that is more powerful than heroin.

“Chairmen Kissel, Tong, and Doyle, Ranking Member Rebimbas and Members of the Judiciary Committee, the House Republican Caucus would like to thank the Committee for raising House Bill Number 5551: An Act Increasing Penalties for Dealing Synthetic Drugs.

This bill is an important House Republican proposal to amend the definition of “narcotic substance” to add fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives. This necessary change will increase the penalties for dealing and manufacturing fentanyl substances.

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House Republican Leader Klarides Testifies on Ethnic Data Bill


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides testified before the legislature supporting a bill that would ban the collection of detailed ethnic data not currently assembled on Connecticut students.

At her side was Woodbridge resident and mother Lin Yang who called the potential practice dangerous and divisive.

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Klarides Testifies on Tomosynthesis Change



House Republican Leader Themis Klarides on Thursday testified before members of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee about clarifying insurance codes to make certain that Tomosynthesis, a three-dimensional image screening process, is considered a mammography. Klarides was joined by Dr. Thomas Farquhar, chief of radiology at Hartford Hospital. In 2016, Klarides got legislation passed that requires insurances companies to cover Tomosynthesis if a patient’s physician deems it necessary. But since then, Klarides has learned that some insurance companies weren’t covering Tomosynthesis because they didn’t consider it a mammography. The committee’s leadership thanked Klarides for not only pursuing the legislation last year, but for coming back this year to make sure it’s done right. Farquhar said the process is more likely to identify breast cancer, and that the test saves lives.

House GOP Leader Themis Klarides Response to the Calls for Tolls on Connecticut Roads


“Republicans have demonstrated with our Prioritize Progress initiative Prioritize Progress beginning in 2015 that we can dedicate sufficient funds for transportation projects, in this case $63 billion over three decades while stabilizing the STF, without installing tolls on Connecticut’s roads or raising gas taxes,’’ Rep. Themis Klarides said. “This issue will certainly be debated in the coming legislative session, and public opinion will likely move around once the location and number of tolls are defined and we learn how much revenue they will generate.’’