Columbia, Coventry, Vernon, Tolland

New Laws January 1st

Posted on January 11, 2019 by admin


Last year, we passed many bills that will have an impact on you and your families. A number of these new laws took effect on the first of the new year.

Here are a couple bills that I supported that became law on January 1st.

An Act Concerning Pay Equity

This act will prohibit employers, including the state and its political subdivisions, from asking or directing a third-party to ask about a prospective employee’s wage and salary history. The prohibition does not apply if the prospective employee voluntarily discloses his or her wage and salary. Also. the act specifically allows an employer to ask about other elements of a prospective employee’s compensation structure (e.g., stock options), as long as the employer does not ask about their value.

An Act Concerning Changes to Pharmacy and Drug Control Statutes

This law will help us continue our efforts in battling the opiate epidemic by requiring retail and institutional pharmacies to maintain a perpetual inventory of schedule II controlled substances. In addition, the bill requires DCP-registered drug manufacturers and wholesalers to identify and report suspicious controlled substance orders to the department’s Drug Control Division.

An Act Concerning the Written Residential Disclosure Report, the Captive Insurance Company Established for Assisting with Crumbling Foundations and Funding for Lead Removal, Remediation and Abatement

This act codifies the residential disclosure report home sellers must provide to purchasers and expands what must be included in it. Prior law required the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) to prescribe the form, with certain minimum information, through regulations.

A full list and summary of all the new laws can be found by clicking here.

Rep. Ackert Sworn In for Fifth Term and Appointed Assistant Republican Leader

Posted on January 9, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – On Wednesday, January 9th, State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) took the oath of office for his fifth term as State Representative for the 8th District which includes the towns of Coventry, Columbia and portions of Tolland and Vernon.

“It’s an honor to serve the people of Columbia, Coventry, Tolland and Vernon for another two years,” said Rep. Ackert. “Last term we made important progress enacting new caps on spending and borrowing, this year we will need to defend these caps and continue fighting for long term changes.”

Rep. Ackert was also appointed Assistant House Republican Leader and member of the Bill Screening Committee. Additionally, Rep. Ackert will serve on the Energy & Technology Committee, General Law Committee and the Higher Education & Employment Advancement Committee.

“I am excited to take on a new role as Assistant House Republican Leader and work on the Bill Screening Committee,” said Rep. Ackert. “This year I will be a member of the General Law Committee which covers a broad range of issues such as occupational licensing, consumer protections and sales and trade practices. Additionally, I will be returning to the Higher Education and Employment Advancement and the Energy and Technology Committee. These committee assignments put me in a strong position to advocate for policies that will grow our economy and create jobs.”

The 2019 regular legislative session will run from January 9th until June 5th. Rep. Ackert can be reached at or (860) 240-8700.

Rep. Ackert to Hold District-Wide Discussions

Posted on December 17, 2018 by jpheasant


HARTFORD- State Representative Tim Ackert (R-Coventry) has announced that he will be hosting a variety of office hours in an effort to allow residents throughout the 8th District to meet with him prior to the start of the 2019 legislative session.

WHEN: January 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tolland Public Library,

WHEN: January 7th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Between Rounds, Vernon

WHEN: January 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Coventry Lakeview Restaurant & Bar

WHEN: January 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Saxton B. Little Library, Columbia

These events are designed to provide constituents with an opportunity to speak with the representative about
issues effecting the district, bill proposal ideas, or other legislative related topics.