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Rep. Rebimbas’s Bill Concerning Victim Restitution Clears General Assembly

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HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), Ranking Member of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, praised the passage of her cosponsored bill, H.B. 5471, An Act Concerning Victim’s Rights and Restitutions, on the closing day of the 2018 Session, May 9th, 2018.

“This is an important bill for victims of criminal offenses where the individual suffered physical injury or damage or loss of property,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “When these crimes occur, the victims have a right to request restitution for any damages, and that is something the court should determine through a formal process when sentencing the convicted individual. If restitution has been requested as a result of the crime as determined by the court, the convicted individual should be required to compensate the victim in accordance with the rule of law.”

This bill requires the court, when sentencing an individual who was convicted of a criminal offense, to inquire on the record whether there are any requests from victims for restitution. Under existing law, which remains unchanged by the bill, a court is required to order an offender to make financial restitution, under terms that it determines are appropriate. The convicted individual would be required to pay restitution if the crime committed resulted in injury to another person or property damage, if the victim requests financial restitution, and if the court finds that the victim suffered injury or property damage or loss. However, currently prosecutors have the option to decide whether or not to request restitution be ordered by the court. This new law would require the prosecutor to provide the request to the judge and not leave it to the discretion of the prosecutor.

H.B. 5471 passed the House and was placed on the Senate’s consent calendar. The consent calendar is a list of bills from a legislative chamber that are generally noncontroversial and will likely receive strong support. The bills are voted on collectively. Once the consent calendar is adopted, the bill will be sent to Governor Malloy for his signature.

The 2018 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly ends at midnight tonight, May 9th, 2018.

Rep. Rebimbas, Waterbury Railway Caucus Meets with DOT Commissioner Redeker

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HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), co-chair of the Waterbury Railway Caucus, along with co-chairs State Senators Joan Hartley (D – Waterbury, Middlebury, Naugatuck) and George Logan (R – Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck, Woodbridge), joined other area legislators in a meeting with CT DOT Commissioner James Redeker at the Capitol on Monday, May 7th, 2018.

“We had a productive meeting and I look forward to seeing what our caucus can accomplish together,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “We conveyed our ideas and concerns to the Commissioner, and expressed our strong desire to see major improvements to the rail line. As the population grows in this part of the state, the need for reliable public transportation will only increase. We are trying to get that process moving now so we can avoid major congestion issues in the future.”

The Railway Caucus has been tasked with advocating for improvements to the Waterbury Line, which services Naugatuck Valley. The bipartisan caucus believes that transportation improvements will lead to economic growth in the region, but has recognized a number of issues that must be addressed. Issues include limited service, increased ridership, single track, dated equipment and lack of station amenities. In addition, a growing population will put additional stress on existing infrastructure. Goals include replacing diesel locomotives, replacing aging train-sets and coaches, increasing service frequency and improving station amenities. Proponents are confident that these improvements will spur economic development, revitalize town centers, increase property values, decrease congestion, improve traffic conditions, create a more efficient freight system, and improve health and safety.

“Modernizing this railway is the key to reviving our regional economy,” Rep. Rebimbas added. “It will help our small businesses, assist our commuters and help alleviate stress on our highways. In order for that to happen, we need to make the line work for those who would use it by providing in-demand services, and reliable technology and infrastructure. I thank the Commissioner for his time and look forward to working with him moving forward.”

The 2018 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly will adjourn May 9th, 2018. A vote on the FY 2019 budget is expected, and members of the Waterbury Line Caucus are hoping that the final spending and revenue plan includes funding for improvements. Also in attendance at the meeting were Reps. Ben McGorty (R-Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull), Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-Beacon Falls, Derby, Seymour), Stephanie Cummings (R-Waterbury), Larry Butler (D-Waterbury), Tony D’Amelio (R-Waterbury, Middlebury), Dave Labriola (R-Naugatuck, Oxford, Southbury), and Jason Periollo (R-Shelton).

Rep. Rebimbas, House Honors Late State Rep. Kevin M. DelGobbo

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HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck) and the Connecticut House of Representatives held a memorial on May 5th, 2018 to honor the late State Representative Kevin M. DelGobbo of Naugatuck. During the ceremony, several members of the House, including Naugatuck Delegation members Rep. Rebimbas, Rep. Dave Labriola and Sen. George Logan, shared memories and expressions of sympathy to his family and friends, who were present for the tribute.

Rep. DelGobbo served the 70th state house district of Naugatuck from 1997 until 2008, when he was appointed to be Chairman of PURA. In the General Assembly, he served as Ranking Member on the Energy and Technology, and the Appropriations Committee, and was also a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Public Safety, Government Administration and Elections, and many other legislative committees.

He graduated from the University of Connecticut, earning a B.A. in Political Science. In addition to serving in the General Assembly, he was also a member of several boards in Naugatuck, was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Republican Party from 1991 to 1994, and served as Commissioner of the Department of Public Utility Control, and ultimately as Chairman of the department’s successor, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

“Kevin was not only my friend, but my mentor,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “I’ve known Kevin and his family for decades, and I can only say that he was one of the most genuine, dedicated and hard-working individuals I’ve had the privilege of knowing. It has been one of the greatest honors of my career to serve in the seat he once held. He has a profound impact on this state and all who served with him in Hartford. His legacy will live on, and the State of Connecticut will be forever grateful for his many years of service. ”

At the start of the memorial, the House adopted H.J. No. 171, a Resolution Expressing Sympathy on the Death of Kevin M. DelGobbo.