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Quality Education and Healthcare Among Rep. Cheeseman’s Top Priorities

Posted on January 29, 2019 by admin


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Proposes New Legislation to the General Assembly

HARTFORD — State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) has proposed more bills to Legislative leaders; this time, they concern our students and public health policies.

Bills submitted by Rep. Cheeseman that were referred to the Education and Higher Education & Employment Advancement Committees largely aim to financially support our schools, protect our students and help our Boards of Education run more efficiently. The specific bills include:

  • House Bill (H.B.) 5074: Would reduce costs to school districts related to the mandatory behavior management training required of school personnel.
  • H.B. 5077: Would lower the reimbursement threshold for special education costs from 4.5 the average pupil cost to 3 times the average pupil cost, and remove the cap on refunds so that grants can be fully funded
  • H.B. 5078: Would remove duplicative reporting requirements on school districts and require the Department of Education to develop a database for boards of education to communicate with one another.
  • H.B. 5079: Would eliminate unfunded mandates on school districts.
  • H.B. 5086: Would create an incentive grant program for school districts to regionalize their transportation services by providing funds for them to purchase vans.
  • H.B. 5087: Would permit a school district to reduce its minimum budget requirement in an amount that reflects any actual decline in student enrollment.
  • H.B. 5113: Would require public and private institutions of higher education to establish a policy regarding free speech on campus that is in accordance with federal and state constitutional protections.

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Rep. Cheeseman Aims to Make Our State Government and Economy More Efficient

Posted on January 25, 2019 by admin


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Proposes New Legislation to the General Assembly

HARTFORD — All proposals for new laws in the State of Connecticut were due to legislative leaders on Friday, January 18th. State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) submitted a few bills that would protect Connecticut taxpayers, save them money, and reduce the reach and inefficiencies of our government.

All bill proposals in the General Assembly are considered by legislative committees, and potentially brought to a public hearing, before being raised to the House and Senate for a vote. To read more about the bills that Rep. Cheeseman has proposed or co-sponsored this session, visit her website at www.repcheeseman.com and click on the “Legislation” tab. If you are interested in sharing your opinion on a bill, information on how to testify at a hearing or via email is available at www.cga.ct.gov.

Rep. Cheeseman proposed House Bill (H.B.) 5703, which would allow consumers to be able to use cash as payment in Connecticut businesses. This bill has been referred to the General Law Committee, on which Rep. Cheeseman serves as the lead House Republican. Email testimony to gltestimony@cga.ct.gov.

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Local Shelters and Warming Centers

Posted on January 18, 2019 by admin


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With this weekend’s impending storm, Connecticut’s cold weather emergency protocol will be activated from noon on Sunday, January 20th through noon on Wednesday, January 23rd.

United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1 provides 24 hour cold weather resources to those in need. Though there are no warming centers in Southeastern Connecticut, please know that the closest center is located in Middletown at the Columbus House. Please click here for more information on hours and eligibility. In addition, please note that libraries, senior centers and other public locations are good places to keep warm or seek shelter.

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