New Laws January 1st

Posted on January 11, 2019 by admin


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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


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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 tim.ackert@housegop.ct.gov or (860) 240-8700.

Rep. Ackert to Hold District-Wide Discussions

Posted on December 17, 2018 by jpheasant


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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.

November Brings 3 New Businesses to the 8th District

Posted on November 30, 2018 by jpheasant


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I’m pleased to announce that November has been a busy month for a variety of new businesses who have chosen to plant their roots within the 8th District.

Back on November 8th, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to welcome licensed optician Sonya Maher and eyeTrade to Coventry village. eyeTrade specializes in offering affordable and stylish eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lens technology. eyeTrade also offers a trade in program to benefit those who are unable to afford a pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses by donating them to medical missions and other charitable organizations across the country and around the globe. Anyone who brings in a pair of glasses or sunglasses (in functional condition) will receive 10% off toward your new frame purchase. eyeTrade is located at 1197 Main Street and is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, you can visit her website here.

The Wendy’s Company opened a new location in Vernon at 145 Talcottville Rd (Route 83), right next to Taco Bell on November 7th. Construction for the 3,300 square-foot restaurant began in August and will feature burgers, fries, salads, a children’s menu, desserts, and a drive-through.

Lifelong Coventry residents Ed and Susan Grace kicked off their grand opening with a ribbon cutting event of The Coventry Village Professional Building on November 29th. The Coventry Village Professional Building rents out office space with Wi-Fi and electricity included for a flat rate of $5.00/hr. The newly renovated building also features a furnished office, separate waiting room and break room. Ed and Susan created this space as a flexible model to allow local professionals to rent space and only pay for the time in which they use. There are currently 11 various professionals renting space. Coventry Village Professional Building is located at 1153 Main Street, Coventry. For more information about the Coventry Village Professional Building please email them at coventryxc@gmail.com .

I am very happy to share in the excitement of bringing these new businesses to our area. This excitement can be contagious and bring a renewed interest in attracting other businesses to the 8th District. I look forward to many more ribbon cuttings in the near future.

Rep. Ackert Hails Grant Awarded by AT&T to Coventry Academy

Posted on September 13, 2018 by jpheasant


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COVENTRY – The Coventry Board of Education has been awarded a $10,000 contribution from AT&T to support vocational training stipends to students at Coventry Academy.

Coventry Academy’s alternative education program offers support for students seeking a non-traditional, non-college track post-high school. Vocational training is a major component at Coventry Academy.

“I’d like to thank AT&T for approaching me and for supporting students at Coventry Academy who have chosen to take a vocational path,” Rep. Ackert said. “This grant will allow our students to continue their growth and development in the technical related fields.”

“As we explore opportunities to support students who require a less traditional path to experience success at the high school level, the funding from AT&T will afford our district a means to further enhance this work. Through the vocational training component at Coventry Academy, students will now have the assistance needed as they work to attain their goals. As a district we are fortunate to have the backing of AT&T to support our students.” said Dr. David Petrone, Superintendent of Coventry Schools.

“AT&T aims to identify organizations that are making real differences in the lives of local students and families, and this organization is a prime example,” said Abby Jewett, Regional Vice President AT&T Connecticut. “The vocational program at Coventry Academy is an impactful resource for Connecticut’s youth, and we are very proud to offer our support to help them reach more local students.”

The AT&T contribution will support several small stipends for students in the Coventry Academy vocational training program, as well as cover transportation and other materials.

The twenty students in the Coventry Academy program have an academic schedule that is customized to meet their individual needs. Their academic programming includes consistent support, which includes measures that ensure they are successful and develop the tools necessary to work toward independence. There is also a focus on team cohesion that includes team-building opportunities throughout the year.

State Representative Tim Ackert represents the 8th General Assembly district towns of Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, and Vernon.

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(Photo): State Representative Tim Ackert (center),  Abby Jewett, Regional Vice President AT&T Connecticut (fourth from right), and David Petrone Superintendent of Coventry Schools (far right), stand alongside students in the Coventry Academy vocational program.

Rep. Ackert Congratulates Children on Reading Achievement

Posted on September 6, 2018 by jpheasant


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COVENTRY – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) and Children’s Librarian Meg Schiebel of the Booth Dimock Memorial Library recognized ten children who have recently completed the ‘1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’ program.

“It is extremely important to get children involved in reading at an early age because it promotes a desire to continue reading as they get older,” Rep. Ackert said. “Completing this challenge is incredibly impressive, I don’t think I’ve gotten to 1,000 books quite yet,” Ackert joked.

The goal is to engage families in their child’s pre-K education, and help them grow the necessary skills to succeed once they enter school. With every new book read, parents helped the children keep track of their progress by logging their books, either by paper or via a mobile app. After completing every 100 books, journals are then brought to the library where the child is awarded a sticker.

At Tuesday night’s ceremony, students who participated in the program each received a certificate from both the Representative and the library, in addition to a new book titled ‘I Wish You More.’

If you or someone you know is interested in signing up their child or grandchild for this program, please visit the Booth and Dimock Memorial Library’s link here.

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State Representative Tim Ackert and Children’s Librarian Meg Schiebel present Olivia Bellantoni with certificates for completing the ‘1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’ program.

Rep. Ackert Appointed to Crumbling Foundations Working Group

Posted on September 4, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) has recently been chosen to join a legislative Working Group to Develop a Model Quality Control Plan for Quarries and to Study the Workforce of Contractors Repairing and Replacing Crumbling Concrete Foundation.

“Being appointed to this working group will allow me to continue my ongoing efforts to help support those families and businesses that have been devastated and will be devastated by a crumbling foundation,” Rep. Ackert said.

Representative Ackert was appointed to the group by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides on August 16th. The eight person group will consist of three House Democrats, three Senate Democrats, one House Republican and one Senate Republican.

State Representative Tim Ackert represents the 8th General Assembly district towns of Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, and Vernon.

Rep. Ackert Talks Preservation and Conservation on Tour of Coventry Lake

Posted on August 30, 2018 by jpheasant


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COVENTRY – In conjunction with Connecticut’s Lake Awareness Week and Coventry’s Lake Awareness Month, State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) spent an evening on a guided boat tour in an effort to better serve those who watch over the 8th District’s largest lake.

The purpose of the tour was to not only help raise awareness to the protection of the local lakes and natural resources, but also for Rep. Ackert to touch base with resident volunteers and those taking care of the area in order to see how he could continue advocating on their behalf.

“As someone who enjoys kayaking and fishing, we are extremely fortunate that within the 8th District there are places like Coventry Lake where residents and visitors can also enjoy a vast array of outdoor related activities,” Rep. Ackert said.

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Staying Safe During Extreme Heat

Posted on August 6, 2018 by jpheasant


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With the increase in temperatures the National Weather Service issuing a heat advisory for the entire state, below are several ways to stay cool and safe during these warmer temperatures.

During extreme heat, the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) and Department of Public Health (DPH) recommend the following:

  1. Find air conditioning.
  • If your home does not have an A/C it is recommended you go to a shopping mall or public library.
  1. Go outside when its coolest.
  • Limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening.
  1. Avoid strenuous activities.
  2. Wear light clothing and use sunscreen.
  • Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
  1. Check on family members and neighbors.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids.
  • It is recommended that you drink between 16-32oz./hr.  depending on the level of exercise and watch for heat cramps – exhaustion – stroke
  1. Check on family members and neighbors.
  2. Never leave people or pets in a closed car.
  • When the outside temperature is 80°
    • After 10 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 99°
    • After 20 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 109°
    • After 30 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 114°
    • After 60 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 123°

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Paving Project – Route 31 Coventry

Posted on August 3, 2018 by jpheasant


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The Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced they will be conducting a paving project on Route 31 in Coventry. Paving will start at the intersection of Rt. 275 and move up to Rt. 44.

The work is scheduled to take place on Monday, August 6th and is expected to take about a week to complete.

The regular work schedule for this project is 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday).

LANE CLOSURE INFO
Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 31 in Coventry from US 44 to Route 275. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone.

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to unforeseen conditions. Motorists should also be advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Tim.Ackert@housegop.ct.gov or by calling (800) 240-8700. You can also follow my legislative activity on my website at www.RepAckert.com.