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Laws Effective as of October 1, 2018

Posted on October 12, 2018 by admin


As of October 1, several bills passed during the 2018 session are now in effect. As with every session, I worked diligently to advance legislation proposed by my constituents as well as others that benefit the people of our great state.

Below, I have highlighted a few bills I proudly supported:

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 heroes defend our freedom, often at tremendous personal cost. It is our duty to them to provide the support and resources they need when they return home.

Public Act 18-90: An Act Concerning Security Freezes on Credit Reports, Identity Theft Prevention Services and Regulations of Credit Rating Agencies.

This is a concept that I introduced to the Banking Committee, which prohibits credit agencies from charging consumers a fee to place or remove a credit freeze on their accounts. The bill also increases the level of identity theft prevention and mitigation services provided after a security breach. While we try to limit the size and scope of government where possible, consumer protection will always be within its purview.

Public Act 18-164: An Act Concerning Recommendations by the Department of Motor Vehicles Regarding the Motor Vehicle Statute.

This is a concept I introduced to the Transportation Committee. The law will provide legal protection to “Good Samaritans” who use reasonable force to rescue a child or animal left in a vehicle during extreme weather conditions. It’s been said that no good deed goes unpunished, but that should never be the case when it comes to saving the life of a young child or helpless animal.

Please click here for a full list of bills going into effect next week.

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

Warm regards,

Fred

Rep. Fred Camillo

151st District

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

Posted on August 28, 2018 by admin


Rep. Fred Camillo joined local and state leaders at Greenwich Hospital on August 27 where the organization’s president and CEO formally donated $5,000 of Narcan to the Greenwich Police Department for use in the patrol vehicles. Narcan is a medication that can reverse the effects of opioids during an overdose. The opioid crisis has taken its toll in Connecticut resulting in more than 1,000 in 2017. Camillo hopes that timely intervention by first responders and legislative efforts can help combat the epidemic and save lives.

“Tax-Free Week” 2018 – August 19 – 25

Posted on August 13, 2018 by admin


“Tax-Free Week” is right around the corner! Each year Connecticut residents receive a much-needed break from the hefty sales tax we pay for consumer goods.

From Sunday, August 19, through Saturday, August 25, shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase select items under $100, TAX-FREE. With the start of school just around the corner, this is a great opportunity for some back-to-school shopping for the kids while saving money for families.

Tax-Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use, including items put on layaway.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities – football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories – jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets and watches, etc.

The Connecticut sales tax rate is currently 6.35%, which can add up quickly when buying multiple items.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

As always, Rep. Camillo is available at (800) 842-1423 or fred.camillo@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions or concerns relating to state government.