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Rep. Rebimbas Joins School Safety Working Group

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HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, has joined the School Safety Working Group, which will be chaired by fellow House Republican member State Representative Carol Hall.

“As we’ve seen by the growing number of mass shootings across our country, school security is a major public safety concern that we need to address immediately,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “I believe this working group can make a difference by bringing all parties to the table to review best practices and explore all possible solutions to this problem. Following the tragedy in Newtown and similar acts of violence in other states, we owe it to our students, their parents and educators to prevent further loss of life. I look forward to working closely with the Naugatuck Police Department and the Naugatuck School Superintendent regarding this topic.”

The group was created earlier this year by members of the House Republican caucus, and seeks to conduct a comprehensive review of school safety in Connecticut on an ongoing basis. The group will also make recommendations for the next legislature session in 2019. In addition to the legislators, the group will include outside participants such as school superintendents, law enforcement and first responders, mental health professionals, school security consultants, students and parents.

The next meeting will convene in May after the conclusion of the legislative session on May 9th, 2018.

Rep. Rebimbas Meets with Local Students to Discuss Bill, Becomes Cosponsor

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HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa Rebimbas (R-70) met with students from Southern Connecticut State University at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford on March 26th, 2018 regarding H.B. 5238, An Act Increasing Mental Health Resources to Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces, a bill Rep. Rebimbas is now cosponsoring.

“I enjoyed meeting with the students and discussing this important bill,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “Clearly this legislation has the potential to help thousands of veterans in our state who struggle with mental health issues stemming from their service to this country. I commend these students for their passionate civic engagement, and look forward to supporting this bill when it is called for a vote.”

The bill was introduced to aid veterans and members of the armed forces by improving identification of their mental health needs and directing them to the appropriate resources. Joining Rep. Rebimbas at the LOB was Melissa Kirschbaum, a Naugatuck native, as well as other Social Services students from the New Haven-based university. Rep. Rebimbas discussed the legislative process with the students, listened to their comments on the bill, and offered her support for the legislation.

Raised H.B. No. 5238 received a joint favorable report from the General Assembly’s joint Veterans Affairs Committee, and now heads to the appropriate chamber for a vote. The bill received bipartisan support in the committee and was passed unanimously.

Rep. Rebimbas Awards Citations to Local Essay Contestants

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NAUGATUCK – State Representative Rosa Rebimbas (R-70) awarded citations to Naugatuck students Amy Morrissey and Jaylynn Elaine Ham for their performance in a local essay contest on March 27th, 2018. The students wrote about prominent Connecticut women who had a major impact on American culture and industry. Amy wrote about Madeleine L‘Engle, the famous author of A Wrinkle in Time, now a major motion picture, and Jaylynn wrote about Anna Louise James, the first African American woman pharmacist.

“Countless women have made strides that have changed the course of American history,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “Today, we recognize two young women from our community who have chosen to write about the accomplishments of Madeleine L’Engle and Anna Louise James. I am very impressed by their hard work, thorough research, and writing skills. Clearly their future has great potential, much like the women they discuss in their essays.”

(From left to right: Principal Joanna Hunt, Jaylynn Elaine Ham, Amy Morrissey, and State Rep. Rosa Rebimbas.)