Rep. Ziobron Applauds the Signing of Cottage Foods Legislation

Posted on June 13, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) applauded the Governor signing SB 193 ‘An Act Concerning Revisions to the Consumer Protection Statutes’ which included provisions for cottage food production.

The measure finally establishes a cottage food license through the Department of Consumer Protection. It also defined cottage food producers as those who sell directly to consumers and have gross annual sales of $25,000 or less. The intent of the bill is twofold:  to encourage small food producing businesses to test the waters with new product and also enable these small proprietors to sell their wares to farmer’s markets and directly to consumers without having to invest in costly overhead.

“I am excited that the Governor has signed this bill to codify regulations and licensing for cottage food producers. I worked on this initiative for years, shepherding this legislation through the process,” said Rep. Ziobron. “With this bill and the legislation we passed three years ago, we now have law on the books that sensibly lowers the barrier for home producers, in order that they may bring their products to market.”

This year’s effort built off of legislation sponsored by Rep. Ziobron which was enacted in 2015: “HB 5027: An Act Concerning Cottage Food Production,” which allowed for the sale of food products prepared in private residences.

Rep. Ziobron said in her public testimony in 2015, “I first became interested in this issue as the former Economic Development Coordinator for the Town of East Haddam. During that time we had several people who were interested in small part-time business for cupcakes and cakes. These women were accomplished bakers and hard working Moms looking to add to their household income… We are one of only nine states that do not allow Cottage Food production unless you are a farmer and use your own produce to make jellies or pickles.”

The measure passed the Senate unanimously and passed the House 142-8. It was signed into law by the Governor on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Rep. Ziobron Celebrates Trails Weekend

Posted on June 7, 2018 by admin


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EAST HAMPTON – State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) hosted a pair of events along the Airline Trail for Trails Weekend, Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd. On Saturday she teamed up with the Middlesex Land Trust to lead a walk from the Bull Hill parking area in Colchester to Cranberry Bog in East Hampton. On Saturday she led a group of bikers with Airline Cycles owner Brian Holdt from East Hampton to the new trail sections in Portland. According to the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, Connecticut has the largest annual Trails Day celebration with over 250 hikes, walks, bikes and other events.

Lyme Disease Prevention Forum

Posted on June 5, 2018 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As summer gets underway and we spend more time enjoying the outdoors it’s important to be aware ticks are out too. There are many things that we can do to protect ourselves and our families from tick-borne illnesses.

This June I will be hosting an informational forum presented by the BLAST Tick-borne Prevention Program to address Lyme Disease prevention.

The forum will take place on Wednesday, June 27th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the East Haddam Grange Hall, 488 Town Street, East Haddam.

The program will also feature Elena Zajac, a former East Haddam Elementary School teacher with chronic Lyme Disease, who has become a strong advocate for tick-borne illness prevention.

Rep. Ziobron Urges Governor to Sign Cottage Foods Bill

Posted on May 18, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) urges residents to reach out to the Governor’s Office and urge him to sign SB 193 ‘An Act Concerning Revisions to the Consumer Protection Statutes’ which included provisions for cottage food production.

The provisions were part of an amendment originally submitted by State Senator Len Fasano at the urging of Rep. Ziobron, where it was adopted in the Senate and sent to the House. The amendment finally establishes a cottage food license through the Department of Consumer Protection. It also defined cottage food producers as those who sell directly to consumers and have gross sales of $25,000 or less. It was designed to help encourage small businesses test the waters and sell their wares to farmer’s markets and directly to consumers without having to invest in costly overhead.

“These regulations and provisions for cottage foods are good for many people who would like to begin their own businesses and address public health concerns,” said Rep. Ziobron. “I am happy that we were able to pass this legislation and I urge the Governor to sign the bill into law.”

This year’s effort built off of legislation sponsored by Rep. Ziobron which was enacted in 2015, HB 5027 ‘An Act Concerning Cottage Food Production’ which allowed for the sale of food products prepared in private residences.

“I’ve focused on this issue for many years,” said Rep. Ziobron. “As the former Economic Development Coordinator in East Haddam I had the opportunity to assist two home bakers lease commercial kitchens, both were unable to cope with the overhead costs. At the time we were one of only nine states that did not allow for non-farm cottage food production. With the 2015 legislation and now this amendment we are finally making progress for cottage producers.”

The bill was passed on the last day of the legislative session, May 9th and awaits the Governor’s signature to become law. Governor Malloy’s Office can be reached at governor.ct.gov.

 

Serving the 34th District

Posted on May 7, 2018 by admin


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It has truly been an honor to serve the towns of East Haddam, East Hampton and Colchester in the House of Representatives for the last six years. I continue to work on budget updates and have prepared a fully balanced budget, which I hope we vote on soon. In the meantime, this Wednesday, May 9th is the last day of our 2018 legislative session and before we adjourn, I wanted to share my heartfelt thanks with you.

 

Watch my Thank You Message Below:

I will continue to be your Representative in the House until a new legislator takes their oath of office in January 2019. During this time, I will continue to work on your behalf, answering and addressing questions and concerns. You will also continue to see me around the district supporting our wonderful organizations and events.

 

As always if you need help working with your government or have questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to my office 860-240-8700 or Melissa.Ziobron@housegop.ct.gov.  

**WATCH** Rep. Ziobron Remarks on Judicial Nominations 4.30.18

Posted on April 30, 2018 by admin


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