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New Year, New Law

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Dear Neighbors,

I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. With the start of the new year, I want to inform you that several new laws went into effect on Monday, January 1st.

The new laws cover a wide range of topics including regulating ride-sharing apps such as Uber and a law that will help us battle the opioid epidemic.

 

Click here for a full list of the new laws to see how they will impact you.

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State Lawmakers Restore Funding to the Medicare Savings Program

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HARTFORD – State Reps. Jason Perillo, Ben McGorty and state Senator Kevin Kelly voted on Tuesday for a bipartisan plan that would provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year. The MSP plan was approved in the House and Senate by veto-proof majorities.

“The Medicare Savings Program helps over a 100,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities pay their medical bills,” said Rep. Perillo. “This was one area of the bipartisan budget that didn’t sit well with me and I knew that we had to get back to Hartford to restore this funding. I will continue to be a strong advocate for seniors and individuals with disabilities and work to make sure they receive the necessary funding they deserve.”

“Helping seniors and individuals with disabilities is always one of our top-priorities,” added Rep. McGorty. “This year we will face more fiscal challenges, which will unfortunately continue unless we take greater steps to pass bold policies that focus on spurring economic growth. I am ready to return to Hartford in February for the 2018 session to work with my colleagues to stabilize our fiscal house and protect funding for those that need it the most.”

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Reps. Perillo, McGorty Score Perfect Voting Attendance Records

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HARTFORD- State Reps. Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) achieved perfect voting records for votes cast on the floor of the state House of Representatives during the 2017 legislative session and special session, according to the House Clerk’s Office.

Reps. Perillo and McGorty were present and participated in all 417 unique occasions when votes were taken in the House of Representatives during the 2017 sessions.

“Being your voice in Harford is an honor and responsibility that I take very seriously,” said Rep. Perillo. “Attending meetings, voicing your concerns, and fighting for our community is what I was elected to do on behalf of you and your families. I will continue to serve you with honor and will work hard next session to pass legislation that will get our economy back on track.”

“My constituents have entrusted me to represent their best interest on legislation that will have an impact on their daily lives,” said Rep. McGorty. “It is important to be present in Hartford for the debates and votes on all legislation that comes before the General Assembly to make sure it will help our community and state move forward. I look forward to next year and continuing to be a strong voice for our communities.”

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Rep. McGorty Joins Bi-partisan Fire and EMS Caucus

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HARTFORD – State Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122) officially became a member of the legislature’s bi-partisan Fire and EMS Caucus on Tuesday during the first meeting of the newly formed caucus.

“I am proud to be a member of the new Fire and EMS Caucus in Hartford,” said Rep. McGorty, a longtime volunteer firefighter, Deputy Fire Marshal, and Fire Commissioner in Shelton. “The caucus has a number of lawmakers that have experience in the field, and I am excited to start working with them to find ways we can tackle issues impacting firefighters and EMS officers.”

Rep. McGorty is a strong supporter of public safety officers, supporting legislation in 2016 that established a firefighter’s cancer relief program, and funding this year for regional fire training schools.

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Reps. McGorty, Hoydick Help Raise Money for the Salvation Army

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STRATFORD- State Representatives Laura Hoydick and Ben McGorty kept the bells ringing outside the Stratford Walmart Tuesday night for the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

In an hour period, Reps. Hoydick and McGorty raised over $100 dollars for the Greater Bridgeport Salvation Army. The Stratford Firefighters Union – Local 988 joined the lawmakers and presented them and Lt. Gavin Yatts of the Salvation Army with a generous check.

“It was great to see our community come together to help those in need,” said Rep. Hoydick. “We are in the season of giving and many in our community and our surrounding communities need our help. Let’s continue to support our local charities and nonprofits and work together to help them serve our communities.”

“I want to thank residents and the Stratford Firefighters for helping us fill the kettle,” said Rep. McGorty. “Next time you’re walking by a bell ringer please consider making a donation. Every donation small or large that the Salvation Army receives will help those in our communities that need it the most throughout the year.”

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