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.

Major Public Acts – 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on June 28, 2018 by admin


Here you can find the 2018 Major Public Acts report from the Office of Legislative Research. This document contains legislative highlights from 15 categories:

  • Banking
  • Bonding
  • Budget Revisions
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • Education
  • Energy and Environment
  • Government Administration and Elections
  • Insurance and Real Estate
  • Labor and Economic Development
  • Municipalities
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • Taxes
  • Transportation
  • Veterans

The public and special acts listed in the document are the most significant, far-reaching, and publicly debated acts adopted by the General Assembly during the 2018 session.

Seven bills were vetoed by the governor this year. Despite an attempt by legislative Republicans to override these vetoes, all were sustained due to a lack of support for majority legislators. Here you can find a list of bills vetoed following the 2018 Session.

As always, Rep. Camillo may be contacted at any time to discuss legislation or any other state issue at fred.camillo@housegop.ct.gov or toll free at (800) 842-1423.

Rep. Camillo Criticizes Senate Democrats for Upholding Malloy Veto

Posted on June 26, 2018 by admin


Vetoed Bill Would Have Protected Educational Aid to Greenwich

HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Camillo (R-Greenwich) praised the House’s decision to override Governor Malloy’s veto of Public Act (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. The bill was taken up in the Senate, but did not secure the necessary votes to override the veto.

“Today, the Senate Democrats caved to special interests and to Governor Malloy by choosing not to override any of the bills the governor vetoed, especially the education cost sharing bill,” Rep. Camillo said. “Despite initial strong support during the regular session, many Democratic legislators chose politics over policy, and in the process, have left our schools in a tough spot. They also turned their backs on the people of this state who were very supportive of this bill, and many others that were vetoed this year. It is disheartening that we have been forced to go back and resubmit these legislative proposals again next year, but this is part of the legislative process – one we must accept and work even harder to prevent in the future. I thank my House Democratic colleagues who voted with us on the override.”

Following the passage of the compromise budget in October, Governor Malloy used an executive order to cut funding mid-year to several towns across the state, including Greenwich. P.A. 18-35, had the veto been overridden, would have prohibited future governors from making rescissions to a school board’s education cost sharing grant during the fiscal year. Towns have asked for more predictability and sustainability from the legislature, which resulted in this bill.

Despite the bill’s unanimous passage in the Senate and overwhelming support in the House (117-31), the governor vetoed P.A. 18-35 earlier this month. While every Republican in the House and Senate voted in favor of the override, several Democrats in both chambers voted to uphold the veto. In the Senate, where the bill initially passed unanimously on May 9th, ten Democrats changed their position during the veto session. Ultimately, the nays were able to prevent a two-thirds majority, effectively killing the bill.

The House overrode the veto on P.A. 18-35 by a vote of 103-33, while the Senate voted 19-10, sustaining the veto. In order to override a veto by the governor both the Connecticut House of Representatives and Senate must re-pass the bill with a two-thirds majority, which equates to 101 members of the House and 24 members of the Senate.

Rep. Fred Camillo’s Bill Concerning Credit Freezes Signed Into Law

Posted on June 6, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Camillo (R-Greenwich) praised the signing of his bill P.A. 18-90, An Act Concerning Fees for Security Freezes on Credit Reports, Notification of a Consumer’s Decision to Place or Remove a Security Freeze on a Credit Report and the Duration of Certain Identity Theft Prevention Services Required After a Data Breach, which was signed by Governor Malloy on June 4th, 2018.

Part of our job in Hartford is to pass legislation that protects consumers,” Rep. Camillo said. “I was moved to introduce this bill when a constituent alerted me to the practice of credit agencies charging a fee to unlock a credit freeze. Many times these freezes are initiated by the credit agencies, yet they charge the consumers a fee to have the freeze removed. In that case, the obligation to pay a fee to unlock the credit freeze seems both punitive and without merit. I thank all my colleagues for supporting this bill and the governor for signing it into law.”

The intent of this legislation is to prohibit credit rating agencies from charging a fee to consumers to place or remove a security freeze from the consumer’s account. It also requires credit rating agencies to notify other credit rating agencies of a consumer’s request to place or remove a security freeze from such consumer’s account, and increase the amount of identity theft prevention or mitigation services provided after a security breach.

P.A. 18-90 passed the House and Senate unanimously, has been signed by the governor and will take effect on October 1st, 2018.

Rep. Camillo’s Good Samaritan and Animal Abuse Registry Bills Clear General Assembly

Posted on May 14, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Camillo (R-Greenwich) praised the passage of two bills he introduced, H.B. 5312, An Act Concerning Recommendations by the Department of Motor Vehicles Regarding the Motor Vehicle Statutes, and S.B. 523, An Act Concerning an Animal Abuse Registry, on the final day of the 2018 Session, May 9th, 2018.

“Animal abuse and neglect are incomprehensible crimes, and we have a moral obligation as a state to ensure their safety and protection,” Rep. Camillo said. “H.B. 5312 will protect “Good Samaritans” from civil or criminal action if they rescue an animal from a vehicle, and S.B. 523 will require those convicted of animal abuse to register with the state. I am proud to have cosponsored these bills because if we do not begin to address these heinous acts, who will? These criminals must be held accountable and cannot go unpunished, while those who intervene to save these animals should not be punished.”

H.B. 5312 would protect an individual from civil damage or criminal penalties if they enter a vehicle to rescue an animal or child left inside the vehicle during extreme weather conditions. This legislation protects those “good Samaritans” who believe that the animal is in immediate danger, and allows the responding individual to use reasonable force to remove it.

S.B. 523 requires individuals convicted of certain animal abuse crimes to register with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Convicted individuals must appear before law enforcement annually to update their information. Released individuals must register within two weeks of their release. First time abusers must remain on the list for two years, while repeat offenders must remain on the list for five years.

“These bills deal with public safety, consumer protection, and animal welfare – all areas that I am passionate about,” added Rep. Camillo.

H.B. 5312 and S.B. 523 passed the House and the Senate with strong bipartisan support on the final day of the 2018 Session, May 9th, 2018. The bills now await Governor Malloy’s signature.

Rep. Camillo, CT House Passes Compromise Budget for FY 2019

Posted on May 10, 2018 by admin


Budget Restores MSP, Fully Funds Education, Excludes Tolls

HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Camillo (R-Greenwich) voted in favor of a compromise budget plan based on several Republican initiatives on closing day of the 2018 Session, May 9th, 2018.

In recent weeks, House and Senate Republicans put forth two budget proposals for fiscal year 2019. In what would become a successful effort to lead budget negotiations towards fiscal responsibility, and away from tax hikes and reckless spending, Republican Lawmakers secured major victories for the State of Connecticut by laying the foundation for a compromise deal in the final hours of regular session. Specifically, the GOP proposal would provide $16 million for the Retired Teachers’ Healthcare fund and would establish a study to create a sustainable mechanism for future funding of the program. This was something promised to Connecticut educators for years.

The compromise budget restores the Medicare Savings Plan, rejects Governor Malloy’s cuts to education and municipal aid, and because of consistent opposition from Republican lawmakers, avoids electronic highway tolls. Finally, the plan does not include new tax increases, which was critical to earning the support of the delegation. Although Republicans did not gain support from Democratic lawmakers for their proposed union contract reforms, the Delegation believes these issues will be addressed in the near future.

“The GOP’s hard fought reforms of last fall were today followed up with budget victories that restored critical funding to our seniors, fulfilled pension obligation for our teachers, and protected the wallets of every state driver,” Rep. Camillo said. “While not going as far as we wanted in regards to union contract reform, we are happy to report that funding to Greenwich, which Governor Malloy had proposed to eliminate, has been protected. I look forward to continuing to work toward building upon these successes in the months and years ahead. Our state has no time to waste.”

S.B. 543, An Act Concerning Revisions to the State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and Deficiency Appropriations for Fiscal Year 201, passed the House and Senate with veto proof majorities and now awaits Governor Malloy’s signature.

 

Click on the video below to watch Rep. Camillo’s interview with David Smith on “Meet the Leaders” – May 8, 2018.

 

 

Rep. Camillo’s Bill Concerning Credit Security Fees Passes House Unanimously

Posted on May 9, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Camillo (R-Greenwich) urged his colleagues to support S.B. 472, An Act Concerning Fees for Security Freezes on Credit Reports, Notification of a Consumer’s Decision to Place or Remove a Security Freeze on a Credit Report and the Duration of Certain Identity Theft Prevention Services Required After a Data Breach, during a speech on the House floor, May 8th, 2018.

Part of our job in Hartford is to pass legislation that protects consumers,” Rep. Camillo said. “I was moved to introduce this bill when a constituent alerted me to the practice of credit agencies charging a fee to unlock a credit freeze. Many times these freezes are initiated by the credit agencies, yet they charge the consumers a fee to have the freeze removed. In that case, the obligation to pay a fee to unlock the credit freeze seems both punitive and without merit.”

The intent of this legislation is to prohibit credit rating agencies from charging a fee to consumers to place or remove a security freeze from the consumer’s account. It also requires credit rating agencies to notify other credit rating agencies of a consumer’s request to place or remove a security freeze from such consumer’s account, and increase the amount of identity theft prevention or mitigation services provided after a security breach.

S.B. 472 passed the House and Senate unanimously and now awaits Governor Malloy’s signature. The 2018 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly ends tomorrow, May 9th, 2018 at midnight.

 

Update from Hartford

Posted on May 4, 2018 by admin


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week, House Republicans challenged the status quo and stood up for the taxpayers of the State of Connecticut.

How did we do this? We released our second balanced budget proposal for fiscal year 2019, we voted against the nomination of several superior court nominations due to the state’s financial crisis, and we successfully blocked a vote on a bill regarding electronic tolling in Connecticut.

Republican FY 2019 Budget Proposal

The Republican plan will help future generations by using this year’s revenue surplus to pay down our unfunded liabilities. Specifically, we fully fund the teachers’ pension and retired teachers’ healthcare plan – something our educators had been promised, but did not receive until now.

We also allocate more municipal funding to Greenwich compared to Governor Malloy’s 2019 budget proposal, we fully restore the Medicare Savings Plan and we provide more assistance to those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, all without introducing new tax increases.

Republican Revised FY 2019 State Budget Proposal

Judicial Nominations

Judicial nominations were particularly contentious in the legislature this year. With our endless fiscal challenges, my colleagues and I agreed that the state could simply not afford new superior court judges. The governor has nominated 31, and I voted against all of them. One nominee is 68 years old and just needs to serve a few years to be awarded a full pension! Our citizens and their tax dollars deserve better.

My votes had nothing to do with their qualifications, as I am sure they are qualified for the job, but I believe House Republicans did the responsible thing by voting against them. We need more clerks and security for our existing judges before we consider adding more to the bench. Unfortunately, all nominations were approved on party-line votes with most elected Democrats voting in favor of the nominations.

Electronic Tolling

To end on a positive note, I am happy to report that after months of Republican opposition, the Speaker of the House decided to cancel a vote on tolls. The bill would have permitted the CT Department of Transportation to conduct a study and draft plans to implement an electronic tolling system in our state.

I do concede that out-of-state drivers use our roads for free, but studies have indicated they amount to just 30% of the total cars on the road, thus leaving a clear majority of the bill to be paid by Connecticut residents.

Tolls are nothing more than an additional tax on Connecticut residents. We need to be more responsible with the revenue we have rather than asking for more. While this is a great victory, I am cautiously optimistic and I have no doubt that the majority party will attempt to revive the tolls debate again. Either way, we’ll be ready.

I will keep you updated as the final days of session unfold. Until then, please contact me with any questions or concerns at (800) 842-1423 or fred.camillo@housegop.ct.gov.

 

Regards,

Fred

Rep. Fred Camillo

151st District