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Rep. Simanski Earns 100% Voting Record

Posted on July 2, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) earned a perfect voting record during the 2018 legislative session. According to information released by the House Clerk’s office there were 317 votes taken this year.

“It’s an important responsibility to be present for every discussion and vote that takes place in the House of Representatives. Constituents expect legislators to pay attention and make sure that their voice is being heard,” said Rep. Simanski. “Serving the 62nd district is an honor and I have maintained a 100% voting record since taking office. I urge anyone who has questions about this past legislative session to contact me at my office.”

Representative Simanski currently serves as the top ranking House Republican on the Banking Committee and is also a member of the Education Committee and the Planning & Development Committee.

For an overview of important legislation addressed in the 2018 legislative session visit the Office of Legislative Research website: www.cga.ct.gov/olr.

Anyone with questions, ideas or concerns about state-related issues can contact Representative Simanski’s office at bill.simanski@housegop.ct.gov or 860-240-8700.

Rep. Simanski Hosts Successful Used and Worn American Flag Drive

Posted on June 14, 2018 by admin


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GRANBY – State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) concluded a used and worn American Flag drive to give constituents the opportunity to properly dispose of their flags. The collection began on May 18th, with boxes stationed at town hall in Granby and Barkhamsted, and concluded June 13th, the day before Flag Day. Dozens of flags were collected and will be disposed with dignity according to the US Flag Code by American Legion Post 182. There is a collection box at the legion post in Granby that is accessible year round. Rep. Simanski added, “I was very pleased to see both boxes full of flags for proper disposal. It shows our community’s respect for our country and its symbols.”

Rep. Simanski Votes in favor of Compromise Budget Agreement

Posted on May 15, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Simanski voted in favor of a compromise state budget agreement on the last day of the legislative session, Wednesday, May 9th.

Without adding new taxes, the agreement restores education cost sharing and town aid. It prohibits hold backs to municipal funding by the Governor, restores the Medicare Savings Program and provides additional funding into Retired Teachers’ Healthcare. The budget also respects the revenue volatility cap instituted in 2017 and will deposit the influx of unexpected one-time revenue collected this year into the rainy day fund.

“I am glad that we were able to reach a compromise before the end of session,” said Rep. Simanski. “This budget agreement for 2019 keeps our commitment not to add new taxes. I was also proud to support efforts to restore $2 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs to maintain critical care services in Rocky Hill and to restore funds for veteran’s burial honor guards. ”

The agreement also begins the implementation of some of the recommendations from the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth. As recommended by the commission, it requires a study of pro-growth tax rebalancing to produce a report for the legislature by December 2019. The deal also requires the hiring of outside financial consultants to identify $500 million in savings from general fund expenditures to be acted on by January 2019. Also, it requires a study of reforms to the Teacher Retirement System to pay down unfunded liability.

Rep. Simanski Votes to Secure Benefits for Veterans with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Sexual Trauma

Posted on May 10, 2018 by admin


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Hartford – State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) voted in favor of SB 284 ‘An Act Concerning Benefits for Certain Veterans Who Have Been Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury or Who May Have Had an Experience of Military Sexual Trauma’. The legislation would extend existing veterans benefits offered by the state to veterans who have been diagnosed with those conditions and received an ‘other than honorable [OTH]’ discharge. Many of these veterans served multiple tours of duty and experienced harrowing combat circumstances that can lead to exactly the sort of minor misconduct that results in an OTH discharge.

In recent years, there have been growing instances of suicide and substance abuse amongst veterans, including those with other than honorable discharges. According to public testimony from veterans groups, many other than honorable discharges are the results of the symptoms of conditions like PTSD and TBI.

“I was proud to join my fellow American Legion members and other veteran’s advocates in supporting this legislation,” said Rep. Simanski. “Veterans with other than honorable discharges have had to face the challenges caused by service related trauma alone. This bill will assist them in getting the help that they need.”

The proposal was supported by numerous veterans groups from across the state. Rep. Simanski has also co-sponsored the legislation. The bill passed the House and Senate unanimously. To track this and other legislation visit www.cga.ct.gov.

Rep. Simanski Hosting Worn American Flag Collection Drive

Posted on May 7, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – With the summer season and patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July on the horizon, it is the perfect time to properly retire your worn, faded and tattered American flags as you prepare to put on fresh new displays of the Stars and Stripes.

State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) is providing two locations that residents can drop off their worn American flags for proper ceremonial disposal according to the U.S. Flag Code.  Drop-off locations will receive flags from Friday, May 18th until Wednesday, June 13th.

The drop-off locations are:

  • Barkhamsted Town Hall – 67 Ripley Hill Road, Pleasant Valley, CT
  • Granby Town Hall – 15 North Granby Road, Granby, CT

For additional information please call Representative Simanski at (860) 240-8700 or email Bill.Simanski@housegop.ct.gov.