Posted on May 23, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) participated in the legislature’s bipartisan School Safety Working Group meeting, held on Tuesday, May 22nd, at the Legislative Office Building.
“With another tragic incident occurring in Texas just last week, school security is clearly the priority of every local community across the country. Our youth are our most valuable asset and ensuring that they have a safe place to learn and grow into adulthood is not just a governmental responsibility but that of society as a whole. It’s important that we talk about the current climate in terms of the vulnerability of our schools and what precautions or procedures can be adopted to add a layer of protection for our students,” explained Rep. Buckbee.
Posted on May 10, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) voted in favor of a state budget compromise that does not implement any new taxes or a tolling system. It does maintain funding to the state’s most vulnerable populations. In the waning hours of the 2018 session, a vote was taken on the budget after successful negotiations among legislative leadership came to fruition.
“While this is in no way, shape, or form a perfect budget it represents a quality compromise between both sides of the aisle. We worked hard to maintain funding to seniors, school children, and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. However, we have a long way to go in order to reach a point of fiscal prosperity here in Connecticut. It is important that in the outyears we strive to diminish the state’s staggering unfunded pension liabilities and not rely on policies that deplete the Rainy Day Fund,” explained Buckbee.
Posted on May 9, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) shepherded legislation through the House of Representatives that will create a Blockchain Working Group and to report its findings to the state legislature.
“Blockchain is an emerging technology that is more commonly known for cryptocurrency trading, such as Bitcoin. Much like the young and unknown Internet in the early 1990’s, it is imperative that Connecticut begin to understand the possibilities of what Blockchain could be used for,” explained Buckbee.
Posted on May 5, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) co-sponsored and voted in favor of legislation that will require providers of school transportation to provide various training to school bus drivers on life threatening food allergies. Specifically, the training will include the correct way to administer epinephrine, or “epi-pens” from a cartridge. The bill received overwhelming bi-partisan support and will now head to the Senate for further action.
Buckbee stated, “I have a very dear friend with children who have severe allergies, Nick and Braydon. They were on my mind today when we debated the merits of this bill along with all of our youth in the community. One of the biggest misconceptions about nut or certain food allergies is that they can be airborne, meaning a child does not necessarily need to ingest the food to have a reaction. In close quarters on a bus, having a trained adult to react in an emergency situation could be the difference between life and death of a student.”
Posted on May 5, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) co-sponsored and voted in favor of legislation that allows the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to implement a state-wide marketing plan to promote and attract businesses to Connecticut. The initiative drew unanimous support by the entire membership of the House of Representatives.
Buckbee said, “I would like to thank my fellow co-sponsors and colleagues serving with me on the Commerce Committee for supporting the concept as well. In tough economic times, a marketing plan to showcase what our state has to offer is a great starting to point to reversing negative fiscal trends and strengthening our workforce.”