Posted on April 11, 2018 by admin
The Connecticut General Assembly convened the 2018 Session on February 7th and will conclude on May 9th. Bills introduced this year will be primarily financial in nature and designed to correct the state budget. Other bill proposals can be made through legislative committees. I encourage you to follow what’s happening in Hartford by tuning in to the Connecticut Network (CT-N) on Channel 182 in Naugatuck and Oxford and Channel 193 in Southbury, following the budget on the Open Connecticut website, and tracking legislation on the Connecticut General Assembly’s website. You can also see which bills I support by clicking the “Legislation” tab on my website at www.replabriola.com.
The Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has released a list of issues that will likely be addressed in these bill proposals, including: the need to stabilize special education costs, update the state’s tax code and potentially establish a Statewide Transportation Authority. Visit OLR’s website for a copy of the full list.
Unfortunately, we began 2018 with a projected deficit of $240 million – a number that continues to grow in the out years. We must control our state spending/borrowing and reduce the tax burden on our residents and small businesses.
Posted on February 9, 2018 by admin
SOUTHBURY– Earlier this week State Representatives David Labriola (R-131), Arthur O’Neill and State Senator Eric Berthel hosted a town hall-style meeting in Southbury to discuss legislative issues with their constituents ahead of the opening of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, which happened on Wednesday.
The legislators provided information on the Medicare Savings Plan veto session, explained union contracts, gave budget updates, and discussed issues such as tolls, fixing transportation inefficiencies and taxes.
Posted on December 31, 2017 by admin
New legislation typically goes into effect on January 1st, July 1st, or October 1st in a calendar year. Thus, with the start of 2018 comes a number of new laws that will take effect tomorrow, January 1st. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. The full list of laws can be found by clicking here, though I have listed some noteworthy pieces of legislation below. Please note that providing this information does not indicate my support or opposition to any individual law.
Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse
Public Act 17-131
Requires prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over prescribing, reduce the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven days to five days for minors, and allow patients to request drugs other than opioids be prescribed.
Enforcing Child Support Payments
Public Act 17-27
Requires an employer to promptly notify the dependent (i.e., spouse, former spouse, or child owed the support) or judicial branch’s Support Enforcement Services, as directed, if an employee whose income is withheld to enforce a child support order makes a workers’ compensation claim.
Ensuring Honors and Benefits for Veterans
Public Act 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.
Allowing Health Insurance Coverage for Fertility Preservation for Insureds Diagnosed with Cancer
Public Act 17-55
Expands the range of people eligible for infertility coverage under certain individual and group health insurance policies. By law, these policies must cover the medically necessary costs of diagnosing and treating infertility. It covers, for example, (1) basic hospital expenses; (2) basic medical-surgical expenses; (3) major medical expenses; or (4) hospital or medical services, including those provided under an HMO plan.
Reducing Student Costs
Public Act 17-130
Allows the Office of Higher Education, University of Connecticut, the Connecticut State University System, the regional community-technical college system, and Charter Oak State College to each establish guidelines encouraging the state’s public higher education institutions to implement programs that reduce students’ textbook and educational resource costs.
Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect in the new year in the State of Connecticut. I also encourage you to contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these acts.
Sending my warmest wishes for a happy and prosperous new year! The 2018 Legislative Session will begin on February 7, 2018.