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Rep. Kupchick Newsletter: Support Cancer Research at This Year’s Relay for Life

Posted on June 6, 2018 by rjoslyn


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This Saturday, the American Cancer Society is holding a Relay for Life event.

Relay for Life is an event that celebrates survivors, honors those in our community who lost the battle and supports those currently fighting.

Fairfield Relay for Life will be held this Saturday, June 9, at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.  The opening ceremony will begin at 5pm.

 

 

Relay for Life is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track.  Each event is 6-24 hours in length and teams are asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps.

Each team sets up a themed campsite at the event and continues their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities. This money will count towards their overall team fundraising goal.

For more information about Fairfield Relay for Life, including links to donate to the American Cancer Society, join a team, or light a luminary in honor of someone you care for click here.  Together, we can make a difference.

I hope you will consider supporting our Relay for Life.

Rep. Kupchick Update: Fairfield Diaper Drive Starts this Weekend

Posted on May 18, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Beginning this weekend, Rep. Laura Devlin and I are partnering with Operation Hope to host a Diaper Drive at a series of locations across town in order to help meet our community’s demand.

Please see the information below for information about collection sites:

Diapers are incredibly costly and are not covered by SNAP benefits.  Operation Hope does not have enough to meet our community’s demand, so we are reaching out for help.  If you are interested in donating (opened packs, ok!), please bring them to one of our five Fairfield drop-off locations:

A Child’s Garden

100 Mona Terrace

St. Paul’s Nursery School

661 Old Post Rd.

Fairfield Public Library Main Branch

1080 Old Post Rd.

Fairfield Woods Branch Library

1147 Fairfield Woods Rd.

Pequot Library

720 Pequot Ave.

 

Please join us at Saugatuck Sweets at 28 Reef Rd. on June 23 from 1-3pm to conclude the drive – bring a donation if you can!

If you have any questions, please call 800-842-1423, or call Carla at Operation Hope: 203-254-2935. Check for updates at www.RepKupchick.com.

Rep. Kupchick Newsletter: Conclusion of Session 2018

Posted on May 15, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Dear Friends,

2018 was a busy session for me and the legislature. Here’s a quick recap of what I was up to during the legislative session that ended last week.

 

State Budget

The most consequential piece of legislation this year was the adoption of an adjustment plan for the state budget.  After negotiations, legislative leaders announced a compromise budget plan that was based largely off of a proposal that Republicans unveiled the week before.

The compromise budget passed on a bipartisan vote in the House and Senate shortly before midnight on Wednesday.  While I believed the Republican budget plan, which included more long-term structural changes and paid down more of our unfunded liabilities, was the better option for our state, the compromise budget ultimately preserves funding for Fairfield without raising taxes.

The budget also fulfills several of my priorities for this session, including the protection of Fairfield’s ECS funding, fully funding the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) for seniors, adds money for the teachers’ healthcare accounts, and increases funding into the Special Transportation Fund without rail/bus fare hikes.

My caucus was able to negotiate several provisions from our original budget proposal into the final legislation, including a hard hiring freeze on new state employees that saved $7 million dollars.

We also secured language in the legislation that would inhibit Gov. Malloy’s ability to cut funding for towns and cities as he did under his authority following the passage of the bipartisan budget last October.

 

Expanding Benefits for Veterans with PTSD

Advocates say the passage of SB 284 makes Connecticut the first state in the nation to ensure equal benefits for veterans with “bad paper” discharges resulting from the effects of trauma.

 

Environmental Conservation

The passage of SJ 35 means a constitutional amendment to protect state land from being sold or given away without public input will be on the 2018 ballot for voters to decide.

To get on the ballot the resolution needed to be approved by a three-quarters vote of both chambers. It passed the Senate 35-0 and the House 118-32, just four votes more than the three-quarters needed to get it on the ballot.

 

Banning Bump Stocks

Connecticut will be join other states that have already taken action to ban bump stocks, which are devices that increase the rate of fire for semi-automatics.

Lawmakers were prompted to pass HB 5542 following the October 2017 shooting at a Las Vegas concert that left 58 people dead and hundreds of others injured.

The Senate sent the bill to Malloy’s desk on a 26-10 vote after the House had approved it 114-35.

 

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

The passage of SB 466 means that Connecticut police will have the authority to determine the “primary aggressor” in domestic violence situations, rather than arresting the victim along with the abuser.

 

Groundbreaking Prescription Drug Reform

A bill imposing stricter reporting requirements on pharmaceutical companies and pharmacy benefit managers easily passed the House and Senate.

The law would require drug companies to justify any prescription drug price increase exceeding 20 percent in any year. Additionally, drug companies will have to justify any price increase of more than 50 percent over a three-year period.

Compassionate Treatment for Rape Victims

The legislature unanimously passed “An Act Concerning Procedures Related to Collecting and Processing Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits” to improve the processing of sexual assault evidence kits .The bill, SB 17, improves upon a 2015 bill that started to address a large backlog of nearly 900 untested rape kits in Connecticut.

 

Expanding the Good Samaritan Law to Protect Animals

The Good Samaritan protections for people entering cars to save animals in imminent danger passed.  HB 5312, Section 22 adds “animals” to the same protections in existing law for people rescuing children.

 

Improving Protections for Students with Life-Threatening Food Allergies

The governor is expected to sign a bill I advocated for to make schools safer for students with potentially life-threatening allergies.

I started work on this process years ago when two Fairfield moms reached out to me for advice on changing the Life Threatening Food Allergy policy in Fairfield.  I believe every child has a right to equal access regardless of disability or medical condition.  I am encouraged because this is a bill that protects the civil rights of children with life threatening food allergies.

Equal Pay for Equal Work

I was proud to vote to make Connecticut the fifth state in the nation to pass pay equity legislation. The bill, HB 5386, prohibits employers from asking job candidates about their salary history, a major driver of the existing pay gap between men and women. Having passed both chambers, it awaits the governor’s signature.

 

I hope you find this update helpful and please feel free to email me at Brenda.Kupchick@cga.ct.gov if you have any questions on any other legislation from this past session or to share your thoughts.   For information on other bills that passed or were discussed this year, you can visit cga.ct.gov.