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New Laws Taking Effect July 1st

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This Saturday, July 1st, will mark the first day of the new fiscal year. On this day, new laws that may affect you and our community will become effective. Several of these laws were acknowledged by the Office of Legislative Research (OLR), the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA), and the Legislative Commissioners’ Office (LCO) as Major Public Acts (PA) to pass through the Legislature this session. Examples include:

Education

PA 17-3: Increases teacher training requirements for supporting students with Dyslexia.

PA 17- 220: Provides state education mandate relief.

Environment

PA 17-144: Promotes clean energy initiatives by making changes to renewable energy policies.

PA 17-218: Requires consideration of the environmental and agricultural impacts (with a focus on prime farmland and core forest) of constructing new solar energy generating facilities.

Economic Development

PA 17-214: Authorizes the certification of new and existing nonprofit organizations as Connecticut Brownfield Land Banks to help municipalities clean up brownfields and prepare them for productive uses.

PA 17-90: Increases permitting for farmers’ market wine sales.

Healthcare

PA 17-135: Limits Medicaid provider audits and enhances the efficiency of the Electronic Visit Verification System (EVV).

PA 17-96: Ensures that long-term care programs are accessible and sufficient to meet the needs of state residents with disabilities.

PA 17-131: Helps prevent prescription opioid diversion and abuse.

An entire list of laws coming into effect July 1st can be found here. The full report on 2017 Major Public Acts is also available here.

 
Please note that the report does not include an OFA budget summary, as it normally does, because the General Assembly did not adopt a budget by the end of the regular session, which adjourned on June 7th. A supplemental report will be issued when that information becomes available.

Rep. Labriola Attends Ribbon Cutting for New Business in Naugatuck

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NAUGATUCK – Leilani Nail Spa, a beauty spa offering a range of nail and massage treatments, marked its grand opening June 15, 2017 at 1177 New Haven Road in Naugatuck. Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were, from left front: Marianne Como, Ion Bank Branch Manager; Hwacha (Lisa) Yie, Owner of Leilani Nail Spa; Courtney Ligi, Director of the Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce; and Laurie Taf-Jackson, Naugatuck Burgess; from left rear: State Senator George Logan (R-17); Mayor of Naugatuck N. Warren ‘Pete’ Hess; State Representative David Labriola (R-131); and Ron Pugliese, CEO of the Naugatuck Economic Development Corp. and chairman of the Naugatuck Chamber.

Rep. Labriola: Pretrial Justice Reform Could Endanger Public Safety

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HARTFORD – This weekend the House of Representatives voted on a bill, H.B. 7044, that makes changes to laws concerning pretrial detention for certain crimes. State Representative David Labriola (R-131) stood to share his concern that this legislation would endanger our public safety as it interferes with a judge’s discretion on setting bonds for potentially very serious misdemeanors. See more in the video below.

Reps. Labriola and O’Neill Meet with Southbury Students

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HARTFORDState Representatives David Labriola (R-131) and Arthur O’Neill (R-69) met with 4th grade students, and teachers Mrs. Bunosso and Mrs. Tesch, from Gainfield Elementary School in Southbury today during their tour of the Capitol.

The lawmakers explained what it’s like to be a state representative, and answered the student’s questions about state government.

Southbury GOP State Lawmakers Unveil No Tax Hike Budget

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Protects Core Services, Boosts Education Aid, Creates Stability for Towns & Cities and Does Not Rely on Tax Increases

 
Area Republican state lawmakers on Apr. 27 unveiled an alternative state budget which closes the current projected state deficit over the next two years without new taxes and without pushing state expenses onto towns, cities or hospitals.

The “Confident Connecticut” budget includes increased education funding with a new funding formula, restores money for core social services, and provides for significant structural changes to state government that roll out into the future.

“With this proposal, we demonstrate that Connecticut’s budget can be balanced with no tax increases whatsoever,” said Rep. David Labriola (R-131). “Instead we offer common sense solutions to our state’s budget woes.”

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