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

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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.”

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Assistance Deal Raises Questions Over State Bond Cap Limits, House GOP Leader Klarides Says

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HARTFORD – The costly Hartford assistance deal signed off on by Gov. Malloy has raised questions concerning the state bond cap and how Connecticut will account for the $534 million in city debt it has assumed for the next two decades.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today questioned whether the additional borrowing costs will exceed the state bond cap and whether needed construction projects, and future construction jobs around the state, might have to be defunded in order to stay under the cap.

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Rep. Klarides Stands with Veterans in Support of Restoring Funding

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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Reps. Charles Ferraro and Pam Staneski joined veterans from across the state on Tuesday at the Capitol to express the need to restore funding to the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs.

Last week, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle presented budget proposals that restored $2 million in funding to the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. The Republican budget plan does so without increased spending or raising taxes.

Rep. Ferraro, the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said, “I am glad to see Republican and Democrats committed to restoring this critical funding to the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. We need to make sure that our Veterans are receiving top-notch services and care and restoring this funding will help make sure this happens.”

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said, “I look forward to having bipartisan budget talks and will be fighting to get this funding restored. Our veterans and individuals who need it the most will always be our top priority during budget negotiations.”

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Guide Rail Improvements along Route 67

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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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Work is scheduled to begin on or about April 18, 2018 and is expected to be completed around November 25, 2018.

Route 67 (Woodbridge)

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