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Laws in Effect as of October 1, 2018

Posted on October 12, 2018 by admin


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As of October 1, several public acts passed during the 2018 session are now in effect. Although the 2018 session focused on budget-related legislations, we were able to advance others bills we hope will improve the quality of life for residents across this great state.

One of these bills is Public Act 18-47, An Act Concerning Benefits for Certain Veterans Who Have Been Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury or Who Have Had an Experience of Military Sexual Trauma. This bill allows veterans with other than honorable discharge to receive certain benefits such as housing and education assistance, veteran status on identification cards, tax benefits, and much more.

Our men and women in uniform courageously serve this nation in defense of our freedom and way of life. Unfortunately, when they return home, their fight is not over. Many carry the burden of PTSD, physical, mental and emotional challenges, and difficulty adjusting to a daily routine. It is our duty to these selfless individuals to provide them with the support and resources they need to rebuild their lives. I was proud to support this bill.

Please click here for a full list of acts effective October 1, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding these acts or any state government issues, I’m always available at (800) 842-1423 or at mike.bocchino@housegop.ct.gov.

Best Regards,

Mike

Rep. Mike Bocchino, 150th District

Rep. Bocchino Praises Greenwich Hospital for Narcan Donation to Police Department

Posted on August 28, 2018 by admin


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Greenwich Hospital has generously donated 37 two-dose vials of Narcan to the Greenwich Police Department to help our community combat this growing opioid crisis. There were over 1,000 opioid related deaths in Connecticut last year – an alarming number that will only get bigger if we do not take action now. Thank you to Greenwich Hospital, the Greenwich Police and our first responders for their lifesaving work.

Rep. Bocchino Votes to Approve Energy Assistance Block Grant for Low Income Households

Posted on August 20, 2018 by admin


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On August 17, the Appropriations, Human Services, and Energy & Technology Committees held a joint public hearing for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Block Grant Allocation Plan. As a member of the Energy & Technology Committee, Rep. Bocchino voted in support of the grant. It passed unanimously.

These dollars provide assistance to Connecticut resident, many of whom live in our community, who struggle to pay their utility bills. Specifically, the grant helps those households whose income falls at or below 60 percent of the state median income (SMI, $67,530 for a family of four).

It was important that the committees approved this funding for low income individuals who need access to affordable heat and electricity, especially during the harsh New England winter months.

In addition to receiving energy assistance benefits, eligible households may also qualify for the following conservation services: Weatherization Clean, Tune and Test Heating System Repair/Replacement Performance Measures.

Keeping residents informed of energy assistance benefits available to them is a top priority. Residents can obtain up-to-date information at www.ct.gov/staywarm and/or contact the Energy Assistance Hotline, at 1800-842-1132.

As always, Rep. Bocchino is available at (800) 842-1423 or mike.bocchino@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions or concerns regarding this grant or any other state government matter.