Rep. Cummings Hosts Successful Senior Center Coffee and Conversation

Posted on December 21, 2018 by admin


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Rep. Stephanie Cummings recently gave an overview of the upcoming legislative session, potential bills that will come up for votes and her legislative priorities during “Coffee and Conversation” at the Waterbury Senior Center.

More than two dozen seniors gathered to listen and talk with their Representative, before enjoying homemade cookies and hot chocolate with whipped cream.  Most of the time was spent with a dialogue and direct question and answer session that touched on several major themes facing the state, including taxes, tax increases, the budget deficit, highway tolls and legalized recreational marijuana. During the hour-and-a-half exchange, Rep. Cummings answered questions regarding possible expansion of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), transportation funding and increased and mandatory park fees.

Rep. Cummings also laid out some of her legislative priorities for the coming session and is preparing legislation that would eliminate lifetime health benefits and pensions for legislators to reduce the burden on taxpayers who must pay those pension costs. She also plans to introduce bills to hold automobile registration scofflaws accountable, getting insurance companies to provide coverage for mammograms for women under the age of 40 with a history or high risk of breast cancer, streamlining business records and finances by allowing for “serial LLCs” and working to designate Waterbury a Gold Star Heroes’ City, among other ideas.