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Rte. 109 Construction and Road Closures to Begin August 21 in Washington

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The following message comes from the State Department of Transportation and contains information that could impact your travels.

Road Closure /Detour Scheduled for the Replacement of Bridge 06786, Blackville Road (Route 109) over Mallory Brook in Washington

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a road closure will begin on August 21, 2017, in the town of Washington on Blackville Road (Route 109) in the vicinity of Sabbaday Lane #2. The road closure may last a maximum of 17 days. The closure is necessary for construction activities related to the bridge replacement project.

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Sales Tax Free Week Starts August 20th

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With the start of school just around the corner, I wanted to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 20th through Saturday, August 26th.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on all clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Additionally, new and used college textbooks are exempt from the 6.35% sales tax for students who present a valid college ID at the time of purchase.

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Laws Changing on Child Safety Seats

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I would like you to know that, starting on October 1st, a new law in Connecticut will increase the age and weight requirements for car seats, and require that child restraint systems be equipped with a five-point harness. Specialists say these changes will better protect our children.

With this new law, Connecticut becomes the eighth state to accept the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics that propose children remain in rear-facing child restraints up to age 2, and children who have outgrown car seats use booster seats through age 8, or until seat belts fit properly.

By accepting these recommendations, Connecticut hopes to further decrease fatal or incapacitating injuries.

The following is a break-down of the revised child restraint requirements under this new law:

  • Any child who is under 2 years old or weighs less than 30 pounds, regardless of age, must be placed in a rear-facing child restraint.
  • A child between ages 2 and 4 or weighing between 30 to 39 pounds, regardless of age, must ride in either rear-facing or forward-facing child restraint.
  • A child age 5 to 7 or weighing 40 to 59 pounds, regardless of age, must sit in a rear-facing child restraint, a forward-facing child restraint or a booster seat secured by a lap-and-shoulder seat belt.
  • Any adolescent from 8 through 15 who weighs 60 pounds or more must use an approved child restraint system or a safety seat belt.

Please note that violations of these regulations could result in fees amounting to approximately $100.

Putting our children’s safety first is important, please share this information with others.

Rep. Arthur O’Neill debates proposed changes to the SEBAC agreement

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Yesterday, during debate in the House of Representatives regarding proposed changes to the SEBAC agreement negotiated by Governor Malloy, State Rep. Arthur O’Neill asked a series of questions regarding both legal opinions and rulings related to the 2009 agreement and the proposed 2017 agreement.

During the exchange, Rep. O’Neill asked why the 2009 agreement needed to be modified, and what the purpose of that agreement was if the legislature was not able to rely on the specific language of the agreement.

To watch the full exchange, please click the link below.

Special Session Update from State Rep. Arthur O’Neill

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To watch a brief video update of the special session from State Representative Arthur O’Neill please click the link below.