HARTFORD – State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) testified in the Public Health Committee on Tuesday in support of legislation that will reduce state regulations placed on business owners.
Rep. Zupkus introduced, House Bill 5151, after hearing from a commercial plaza owner in her district about the unnecessary testing and fees from the state for testing their water well.
Under the current regulations, restaurants are required by the state to have their water tested four times a year. For property owners that have an empty restaurant location they still have to pay $800 year for water testing even though the property is vacant.
Rep. Zupkus said she understands the state testing water every year for the building but other tests for a vacant space is too much.
“I request that the plaza owner be required to do one full test of the building and one other test for the restaurant when the restaurant is rented,” said Rep. Zupkus. “I believe that a test should occur only as frequently as every 6 months. This kind of onerous water testing is just another example of a mandate on small businesses which hurts them profoundly.”
HARTFORD – State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) testified in the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday on legislation, House Bill 5477, that will fix a loophole in Connecticut General Statutes regarding post-conviction bonds.
Rep. Zupkus received information from a concerned constituent that a violent criminal Hiral Patel was out on a post-conviction bond.
In 2012, Patel was convicted of eight counts related to a 2012 drug-related murder that occurred in Sharon, Connecticut. His charges included felony murder and conspiracy to commit home invasion. After the jury found him guilty, he was released on a post-conviction bond of $1.5 million while he was awaiting sentencing.
Rep. Zupkus said, “Patel should have never been released on a post-conviction bond. We have laws on the books that prohibit persons convicted of felony murder from being released on a bond.”
After Rep. Zupkus contacted the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office to inquire as to Mr. Patel had been released from prison she was told that the Connecticut Practice Book Section, which lawyers and our courts rely on does not make it clear that persons convicted of felony murder along with other serious crimes that are enumerated in the statutes are not allowed to be released on post-conviction bond.
I wanted to notify you that this week bills regarding tolls and the legalization of marijuana will receive public hearings.
Are you concerned about these two bill becoming law? If so, your voice can be heard by submitting written testimony to the Transportation Committee and the General Law Committee.
How to submit your testimony? You can testify in person or send the committees an email. Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Just include your name and town, include the subject of the bill in the subject line of the email, and copy my office at Lezlye.Zupkus@housegop.ct.gov.
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House Bill 5458 – An Act Concerning the Regulation of the Retail Sale of Marijuana
As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please contact me at Lezlye.Zupkus@housegop.ct.gov or 860-240-8700.
State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus