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New Year, New Laws

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Starting on January 1st, a number of new laws went into effect. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our communities. I therefore encourage you to take a look at the full list of laws that can be found by clicking here. I have listed some of the more noteworthy legislation below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these laws.

AN ACT PREVENTING PRESCRIPTION OPIOID DIVERSION AND ABUSE – Public Act No. 17-131 – requires prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over prescribing, reduces the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven to five for minors and allows patients to request drugs other than opioids be prescribed. Summary

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF A VETERAN FOR A CERTAIN HONOR AND CERTAIN BENEFIT – Public Act No. 17-83 – broadens the eligibility criteria for certain veterans’ benefits, allows additional people to receive a service ribbon and medal, be buried in a Connecticut veterans’ cemetery, or have veteran status indicated on their driver’s license or identity card. Summary

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Rep. Zupkus Ringing the Bell for Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign

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WOODBRIDGE- House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus and Senator George Logan will be ringing the bell for the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign on Tuesday, December 12th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Amity Stop & Shop, 112 Amity Rd, New Haven, CT 06515.

Tuesday, December 12th
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Amity Stop & Shop
112 Amity Rd, New Haven, CT 06515

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Rep. Zupkus: State Budget Doesn’t Go Far Enough

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HARTFORD — A budget proposal was approved last week that didn’t go far enough in addressing the major fiscal problems that plague Connecticut, state Rep. Lezlye Zupkus said.

While the two-year budget included positive change in the area of municipal mandate reform, the inclusion of some tax hikes and fee increases, along with borrowing money to bail out Hartford and $40 million for the XL Center sends the wrong message to Connecticut taxpayers.

“The budget reduces funding to our communities, yet throws money at cities that over and over have demonstrated their unwillingness to get its fiscal house in order,” said Zupkus, who in September voted for a bipartisan budget supported by municipal officials that fully funded school districts in her community — a budget the governor eventually vetoed. “We’ve heard over and over that we can’t fix Connecticut’s problems by increasing taxes — the current economic climate is proof of that, yet this budget does just that. We’ve got to point our state in a different direction, and I think we’ll have that chance soon because it won’t be very long until my colleagues and I are back in Hartford trying to get it back in balance.”
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