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Rep. Rebimbas Recipient of 2017 CT Police Chiefs Association Legislative Award

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NAUGATUCK – State Representative Rosa Rebimbas (R-70), Ranking Member of the legislature’s powerful Judiciary Committee, accepted the 2017 Legislative Award from the CT Police Chief’s Association (CPCA), an honor she also received in 2013.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition from the CT Police Chiefs Association,” said Rep. Rebimbas. “I am a strong advocate of our peace officers and have the greatest admiration for the work they do in our communities. Our law enforcement personnel put their lives on the line to ensure our safety, and I am willing to do my part in Hartford to provide them with the support they need. Thank you to those who serve this great state and thank you for honoring me with this award. Congratulations to my fellow recipients.”

The CPCA Legislative Award is given to legislators that have stood out and supported municipal police issues.  Rep. Rebimbas was instrumental during the past session in defeating on the House floor a bill that would have immediately suspended any police officer without pay if they were merely accused of using excessive force in the line of duty, a blatant disregard of a core American principle, “innocent until proven guilty.” Rep. Rebimbas believes that law enforcement should be afforded the same rights guaranteed to civilians, and will continue to advocate for these civil servants in the future.

Rep. Rebimbas to Ring Bell for Salvation Army – Saturday, December 9 at Walmart

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On Saturday, December 9 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. State Representative Rosa Rebimbas (R-70) will be volunteering to raise money for local residents in need by collecting for the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign at the Walmart on 1100 New Haven Road in Naugatuck.

Funds donated will help the Salvation Army provide basic social services to those in need of food, shelter, clothing, and financial assistance. Walmart will be matching donations raised statewide by Connecticut House Republicans up to $25,000.

As a group, the Republican caucuses have raised more than $190,000 for the Salvation Army over the past several years. The Salvation Army responds to natural disasters such as wildfires and tornadoes, provides meals and toys to families in need, and conducts research and analyses regarding human needs around the country. They also provide adult rehabilitation, veteran services, elderly services, missing person searches, housing assistance, youth recreation, sponsorship, and support in the fight to end human trafficking.

If you plan to be in the area during this time, please consider donating to the Salvation Army. Every little bit counts and will help make the holidays a little brighter for our neighbors.

Those unable to attend on Saturday can text “CTREP” to 71777 to donate directly to the House and Senate Republicans’ Red Kettle.

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.