Zupkus Votes to Classify Fentanyl as Deadly Narcotic

Posted on May 15, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD -A proposal which would amend the definition of narcotic substance to include fentanyl, which currently is only listed as a synthetic drug, meaning it carries a lesser sentence was strongly supported by State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus today in the House of Representatives.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, which is more addictive and deadly than opioids or heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl depresses central nervous system and respiratory functions and is estimated to be 80 times more potent than morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin.

The legislation, HB-5524, An Act Increasing the Penalties for the Sale of Fentanyl would increase penalties for the dealing and manufacturing of fentanyl and its derivatives adding them to the same category as heroin.

“Fentanyl dealers should not get off on a lesser sentence based on a misclassification and definition of a lethal drug. We need to lock these Fentanyl dealers and makers up for selling a product that kills people,” said Rep. Zupkus. Read More

Reps. Zupkus, Fishbein Sponsoring Worn American Flag Collection Drive

Posted on May 10, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD – State Representatives Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) and Craig Fishbein (R-90), in cooperation with American Legion R.A. Storrs Post #92, encourage residents to honorably retire any worn American flags during a flag collection drive.

The collection drive begins on Thursday, May 30th and will run until Thursday, June 13th. A drop-off box is located inside the Cheshire Town Hall, located at 84 Main Street.

Collected flags will be brought to the American Legion Post for dignified disposal during a

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Rep. Zupkus Votes Against Harmful Minimum Wage Hike

Posted on May 9, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) on Wednesday said the state’s business community can’t afford the crush of anti-employer policies pushed by Democrats and voted against an economically harmful proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15.

Rep. Zupkus said, “The calls and emails I received from my district were alarming and eye-opening, small business owners raised many concerns about the hike in the minimum wage. This legislation have a chilling effect on hiring, a minimum wage

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