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Major Public Acts from the 2017 Session

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The budget situation has consumed most press coverage since July, but I want you to know that we did make significant progress in other areas during the 2017 Session.

I would like to share a few of the public acts, now laws, which were passed by the General Assembly this year.

In conjunction with other pieces of legislation, that secured passage, these laws will help our veterans, create a more friendly business environment, provide our cities and towns with more flexibility when it comes to education policy, crack down on violent crimes and assist our most vulnerable citizens and those battling severe medical conditions:

  • PA 17-127: Prohibits discrimination against veterans regarding employment, public service, housing and financial credit.
  • PA 17-169: Reduces unnecessary regulation on commercial real estate transactions.
  • PA 17-2: Allows domestic insurers to divide, increasing Connecticut’s appeal to major insurance companies.
  • PA 17-10: Creates a task force to study methods to enhance the insurance industry workforce in Connecticut.
  • PA 17-220: Provides education mandate relief to towns, allowing greater budget flexibility.
  • PA 17-111: Increases the penalties for hate crimes and expands the definition to include crimes against people based on gender bias.
  • PA 17-32: Helps put an end to human trafficking atrocities.
  • PA 17-31: Strengthens laws concerning domestic violence.
  • PA 17-18: Strengthens Connecticut’s “Safe Havens” Law to prevent infant abandonment.
  • PA 17-55: Allows cancer patients access to fertility preservation options.
  • PA 17-61: Establishes a statewide waiting list for housing for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

To learn more about these acts, please visit www.cga.ct.gov.

Rep. Rosa Rebimbas Selected for 2017 Distinguished Legislator Award

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HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa Rebimbas (R-70) will be honored with the Connecticut Psychological Association’s 2017 Distinguished Legislator Award.

Rep. Rebimbas was selected because of her advocacy and partnership with the organization on matters affecting public mental health and juvenile justice. Additionally, Rebimbas’s work on behalf of children and families, specifically child custody cases, has made her exceptionally deserving of this special recognition.

The Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA), the state’s affiliate of the American Psychological Association, works to advance the field of psychology by supporting professionals, current students and the community at large. The organization is committed to increasing the usefulness of the profession, setting industry standards, and providing continuing education and career development opportunities for practitioners.

“I am honored to receive this award, but even more honored to be in a position where I can have a genuine and palpable impact on the lives of so many,” said Rep. Rebimbas. “Advocating for children and families is a passion of mine and I believe that the work we are doing to improve their quality of life is important. Public mental health and the juvenile justice system will continue to gain national attention, making our efforts on the local and state level paramount in creating meaningful reform.”

Rep. Rebimbas will receive the award at the 31st Annual Convention on Friday, October 20th at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, 55 Bridge Road, Haddam, CT.

House Republicans Present Budget Proposal at LOB – 7/11/2017

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On Tuesday, House Republicans hosted a presentation detailing our budget proposal. This version, like the previous two, does not include new or increased taxes. It seeks meaningful, long-term structural changes to address the $5 billion deficit and to bring the budget into balance.

Please click here to visit the House Republican budget page to learn more about our proposal. You will find a number of resources on this page including the presentation mentioned above.