Rep. Rebimbas Achieves Perfect Voting Record for 2018 Session

Posted on June 29, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD –State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), House Republican Whip, has achieved a perfect voting record for the 2018 session according to a report just released on Thursday.

“Each piece of legislation put before the House is important to someone in the State of Connecticut and, therefore, each bill deserves fair and equal consideration,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “Being in attendance for each vote is no easy task, but it is my job. My constituents have trusted me to represent them fully and consistently in the legislature, and that trust is something I take very seriously. As always, it is an honor to represent the 70th district.”

During the 2018 Session, which lasted from February 7th to May 9th, there were 317 total votes held in the House of Representatives. Only 52 members of the chamber, or roughly 34 percent, were in attendance for all of them. Achieving a perfect voting record is challenging and uncommon, especially when considering many legislators hold full time positions outside the part-time Connecticut legislature, including Rep. Rebimbas.

The 2018 short session mainly focused on budget-related bills, but other important pieces of legislation managed to reach the House floor via the consent of the appropriate committee. One of several proposals Rep. Rebimbas introduced resulted in Public Act 18-128, which concerns the rights and restitution requests of victims of criminal offenses. As Ranking Republican Member of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Rebimbas guided the bill to a favorable report and onto the House floor where it passed the House, and Senate, unanimously, was signed into law, and will take effect on October 1st, 2018.

Rep. Rebimbas also supported legislation assisting veterans, Public Act 18-47, which passed and has been signed into law. This legislation expands education, housing, tax and identification benefits to veterans who suffer from PTSD, brain injuries or other trauma as a result of their service.

Rep. Rebimbas is proud of her voting record and the legislation she was able to support during the session.

Major Public Acts – 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin


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Here you can find the 2018 Major Public Acts report from the Office of Legislative Research. This document contains legislative highlights from 15 categories:

  • Banking
  • Bonding
  • Budget Revisions
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • Education
  • Energy and Environment
  • Government Administration and Elections
  • Insurance and Real Estate
  • Labor and Economic Development
  • Municipalities
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Taxes
  • Transportation
  • Veterans

The public and special acts listed in the document are the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly during the 2018 session.

Seven bills were vetoed by the governor this year. Despite an attempt by legislative Republicans to override these vetoes, all were sustained due to a lack of support for majority legislators. Here you can find a list of bills vetoed following the 2018 Session.

As always, Rep. Sampson may be contacted at any time to discuss legislation or any other state issue at rosa.rebimbas@housegop.ct.gov or toll free at (800) 842-1423.

Rep. Rebimbas, PALCUS Host Annual Day of Portugal Reception at the Capitol

Posted on June 12, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), and Comendador Fernando G. Rosa, Director of the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS), cohosted the annual Day of Portugal at the Capitol on Friday, June 8th, 2018.

“I look forward to this event each year because it is an opportunity for people to come together, and to celebrate the rich history and culture of Portugal,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “This year we had a remarkable turnout and had the privilege of recognizing three honorees who are true leaders in their communities. I would like to thank everyone who helped put this event together as well as the honorees for their service in their respective fields and for being great ambassadors for the Portuguese Community.”

“It is always a pleasure and an honor to celebrate the Day of Portugal,” Comendador Fernando G. Rosa said.

Each year, Rep. Rebimbas hosts this event as a celebration of Portuguese culture and tradition. This event featured music by Rancho Folclorico of the Portuguese Club of Hartford, food from Maria Pereira and Nutshell Café, and special honorees including Agostinho “Augie” Ribeiro, Hilda M. Barrett and Mariana Branco-Barnes.

Augie Ribeiro, CEO of Ventura Law, has been an active trial lawyer representing over 5,000 clients in civil cases. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, he has shifted his focus to pro bono representation of the victims. He has also represented victims of the BP oil spill disaster, as well victims in other high profile cases. Hilda M. Barrett is a lifelong resident of Danbury, has been active in the Greater Danbury Portuguese Community for over three decades and has received awards for her local involvement. Mariana Branco-Barnes is a lifelong resident of Naugatuck of Portuguese decent and has been involved with the Naugatuck Portuguese Club since childhood. In 2013, she became the first female president of the club where she dedicates her time to increasing outreach efforts, and focusing on the preservation and celebration of Portuguese heritage in the Naugatuck community.

PALCUS is a non-partisan, non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. dedicated to addressing domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American community. They conduct research, and provide educational and public affairs activities on these issues. Furthermore, PALCUS plays an active role in government relationships with the goal of strengthening ties between Portugal and the United States.

Special recognition also goes to the Day of Portugal Hosting Committee for Greater Hartford, Clube Portuguese de Hartford, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Portuguese Foundation, Holy Ghost Portuguese Society and Casa do Benfica. Other guests included Abilio “Bill” Lopes Gouveia, Esq., Honorary Consul of Portugal in Connecticut, and various members of the General Assembly of Portuguese decent including State Representatives Jesse MacLachlan, Anne Dauphinais and Rick Lopes.