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House and Senate Republicans Urge President, Republican Leaders to Support Crumbling Foundation Legislation

Posted on August 1, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD – Today, over a dozen members of the House and Senate Republicans sent letters to President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan urging the Republican leaders to support amendments from U.S. Senators Christopher Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Reps. John Larson and Joe Courtney that will provide help to homeowners living with a crumbling foundation.

The Connecticut House and Senate Republican members are asking for Republican leaders in Washington D.C. to pass the following amendments.

House Amendment 881 to H.R. 6147 seeks to provide funding for the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a map showing pyrrhotite occurrences across the United States. This would help to ensure residents of other states never have to grapple with this crisis in the future.

House Amendment 292 to H.R. 3354 seeks to provide funding in the Community Development Block Grant program to examine the application of grant funds to mitigate and remediate the effects of pyrrhotite-related damage.

House Amendment 934 to H.R. 6147 seeks to provide funding within the Department of the Treasury, Departmental Office towards a study, led by Treasury with the participation of relevant regulators, to examine the financial impact of the mineral pyrrhotite in concrete home foundations. The study would provide recommendations on regulatory and legislative actions needed to help mitigate the impact on banks, mortgage lenders, tax revenues, and homeowners.

Click below to view letters.

Rep. Belsito: Democrats Put Party Over Supporting Classroom Safety, Education Funding, and Manufacturing Jobs

Posted on June 27, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD – State Rep. Belsito issued the following statement regarding the failure of the majority party to override Governor Dan Malloy’s vetoes to bipartisan legislation.

Rep. Belsito said, “During the session, we passed bipartisan legislation to avoid mid-year cuts to education funding, grow manufacturing jobs, and protect teachers and students in the classroom. There is no reason why the Governor should have vetoed these bills in the first place.”

“On Monday, we should have stopped the governor’s vetoes, putting our children and economy over party politics. The majority party continues to say one thing and do another. Next session, I will be fighting to get these bills passed again.”

Here is the full list of bills the majority party failed to override:

PA 18-35 An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch From Making Rescissions Or Other Reductions To The Education Cost Sharing Grant During The Fiscal Year
Prohibits the governor from cutting education cost sharing (ECS) aid grants to towns by (1) using his rescission authority to reduce allotment requisitions or allotments in force or (2) making reductions in allotments in any budgeted agency to achieve General Fund budget savings.

PA 18-80 – An Act Extending the Manufacturing Apprenticeship Tax Credit to Pass-Through Entities
This act extends the manufacturing apprenticeship tax credit to the personal income tax, thus
allowing the owners and partners of qualifying companies organized as partnerships, limited liability
companies, and other pass-through entities to claim the credit against that tax.

PA 18-89 – An Act Concerning Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior
This act requires boards of education, as well as the State Department of Education, to address
daily classroom safety as an additional part of the law requiring them to address bullying and teen
dating violence.

PA 18-119 – An Act Concerning Election Day Registration Locations
Prior law required registrars of voters to designate a location within each municipality for
completing and processing Election Day registration applications. This act requires town clerks to
designate a location if the registrars of voters fail to agree on one at least 31 days before the

PA 18-140 – An Act Establishing the State Oversight Council on Children and Families
This act renames the State Advisory Council on Children and Families as the State Oversight
Council on Children and Families and increases its membership from 19 to 25. It replaces 13
members appointed by the governor with 12 members appointed by legislative leaders and one
member appointed by the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee chairpersons. It also
adds (1) the Children’s Committee chairpersons and ranking members, the child advocate, and the
chief public defender, or their designees, to the council and (2) certain required qualifications for
the six members who represent regional advisory councils.

The act also expands and modifies the council’s duties, including requiring it to monitor, track, and
evaluate the Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) policies and practices related to child and
youth safety, permanency, and well-being.

PA 18-156 – An Act Concerning an Animal Abuse Registry
This act requires the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to create and
maintain, within available appropriations, a publicly-available registry of individuals who are
convicted, or found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, of certain animal abuse

PA 18-157 – An Act Concerning State Contract Assistance Provided To Certain Municipalities
This act imposes several new conditions and requirements on state financial assistance to repay
bonds and other debt for designated tier III and IV municipalities (i.e., those with higher degrees of financial distress and state oversight and control).


Rep. Belsito Attends Crumbling Foundation Roundtable with Secretary Ben Carson

Posted on June 4, 2018 by admin


TOLLAND – State Rep. Sam Belsito released the following statement after participating in a roundtable discussion about the crumbling foundation issue with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.

“I want to thank Secretary Carson for visiting our communities and listening to homeowners who are living with a crumbling foundation,” said Rep. Belsito. “The conversations we had with Secretary Carson were positive and productive and our message for Federal help will be delivered directly to President Trump. We are being heard and I urge homeowners to continue to mobilize and continue to fight with us to get the necessary funding you deserve.”

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