Rep. O’Neill to Share Connecticut’s Risk Warrant Legislation Nationwide


In an effort to curb gun violence, State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) today announced he will be sending a personal letter and a copy of the Connecticut state statute concerning risk warrants to the Presiding Officers of each state legislature that has not adopted this type of law to aid in their consideration of legislation that can make a difference without impeding the rights of legal gun owners.

“The senseless gun tragedies across our nation have forced state legislatures, including Connecticut, to look deep into their laws to close loopholes and strengthen protections for innocent citizens,” Rep. O’Neill, a longtime member of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, said. “After the horrific workplace shooting at the Lottery headquarters in 1998, Connecticut was the first state to craft “risk warrant” legislation to allow police, with a judge-signed warrant, to remove firearms from any ‘person posing risk of imminent personal injury to self or others.’  This already strong law was updated in 2013 to also include the seizure of ammunition.”

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We Cannot Tax Our Way to Prosperity


With the opening day of the 2018 legislative session behind us, and only a few short months to get a handle on a projected $244 million deficit, it is critical we work together to find sustainable solutions to this crisis.

The tax and spend policies of the past have not worked, and proposals to add revenue with even more tax increases on everything from gasoline to tires and tolls is a proven recipe for disaster.

According to the Boston Business Journal:

“Over the last quarter-century, Connecticut has endured a series of budget crises. To cover ballooning costs, the state enacted sharp tax hikes, including four income tax hikes in the last 14 years that caused the top rate to jump by 77 percent … The results have been disastrous. From 2007 to 2016, the state placed 49th among the states and D.C. in private-sector wage growth. According to the American Legislative Exchange Council, only one state economy performed worse than Connecticut’s between 2005 and 2015.”

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I remain committed to supporting sustainable and reasonable policies that help our state move forward.  This is a challenging time for our state but I remain hopeful that we will find solutions to these problems.

Rep. O’Neill Introduces Natalie and Isabella LaBonia During Opening Day of the 2018 Legislative Session


Giving two young constituents a glimpse into the inner workings of the state legislature, State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) on Wednesday invited two Pomperaug High School freshmen to accompany him for the opening day of the 2018 legislative session at the Capitol.

Taking advantage of a weather-cancelled school day, and joining hundreds of legislators, staff, lobbyists and concerned citizens, twin sisters Natalie and Isabella LaBonia were able to witness both the opening day ceremonies and Governor Malloy’s State of the State address from the legislators’ point of view on the floor of the House of Representatives.

“The LaBonia’s are very engaged in our community and interested in how state government works so it was my pleasure to bring them to the Capitol for opening day to see first-hand how the legislature operates,” Rep. O’Neill said.  “While many of their friends were enjoying a surprise day off from school they were getting an in-person introduction to state government and the political process on a day with historic significance as Governor Malloy delivered his State of the State address to Connecticut.”

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Rep. Arthur O’Neill reacts to Governor Malloy’s 2018 State of the State address


Minutes after the opening day of the 2018 legislative session ended, Rep. O’Neill shared his thoughts on Governor Malloy’s final State of the State address.

Rep. O’Neill Hosts Town Hall Meeting for Heritage Villagers


During a two-hour forum in the Heritage Village Meeting House Tuesday, State Rep. Arthur O’Neill hosted more than a dozen concerned residents for a discussion about the recently ended 2017 regular and special legislative sessions, and the upcoming 2018 session that convenes tomorrow, Wednesday, February 7.

Rep. O’Neill delivered a brief overview of state government and the history, policies and procedures that control the state before diving deeper into topics that ranged from the state budget, pension concerns and transportation infrastructure to ways of reducing state spending and increasing productivity, among other topics.  Recruiting and retaining younger professionals, as well as ways to reestablish Connecticut as a state on the cutting edge of new technology were topics that also received a significant amount of discussion.

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