Rep. Dunsby Update: New Laws Taking Effect October 1

Posted on October 1, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

A number of new laws passed during the 2018 Legislative Session take effect today, October 1, 2018. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community.

New laws taking effect that may be of interest to you include:

AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM (PA 18-29)

A law that I co-sponsored in the House received wide bipartisan support and bans the sale, transfer, or posession of bump stocks or any after-market device that allows semi-automatic rifles to fire at near-automatic speed.  FOR MORE DETAILS CLICK HERE.

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 (PA 18-47)

Veterans who receive so-called “bad paper” or other than honorable discharges and are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury or who were the victim of sexual trauma while in the military will have access to veterans’ benefits that they were previously denied.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A “SAVE OUR LAKES” NUMBER PLATE TO COMBAT AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES AND CYANOBACTERIA BLOOMS. (PA 18-101)

This law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to begin work on designing new commemorative license plates emblazoned with the words “Save Our Lakes.”  The license plates, which will be sold beginning Jan. 1, 2020, will raise money to help preserve Connecticut’s lakes and ponds. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

AN ACT PROVIDING PROTECTIONS FOR CONSUMERS APPLYING FOR REVERSE MORTGAGES. (PA 18-38)

In the wake of increased reports of fraud concerning reverse mortgages, new protections for consumers include counseling requirements to make sure borrowers better understand the terms of the loan and a prohibition on banks or credit unions from paying the groups that counsel borrowers. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

AN ACT CONCERNING ROBO CALLS AND SPOOFING (PA 18-135)

To criminalize the act of masking the identity of a caller initiating robo calls. FOR MORE DETAILS CLICK HERE.

AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTRONIC PROOF OF AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE (PA 18-108)

To permit automobile insurance identification cards to be provided electronically for motor vehicle traffic stops and registration of motor vehicles with the Department of Motor Vehicles. FOR MORE DETAILS CLICK HERE.

For a full list of bills taking effect on October 1, 2018, click here.

As always, you can contact me at (800) 842-1423 or Adam.Dunsby@cga.ct.gov if you have any questions regarding state government.

Rep. Dunsby Update: Saying “No” to the Governor’s Request for $10 Million to Study Tolls

Posted on July 19, 2018 by rjoslyn


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7/19/18

As you may have heard, Governor Malloy this week announced he is requesting $10 million in borrowed money to pay for a study on the impact of electronic tolling in Connecticut.

Toll legislation has been considered by the General Assembly each of the past five years, and it has never gotten a floor vote.  Significant public opposition to putting another financial burden on Connecticut taxpayers has prevented its passage in the legislature.

In the face of that opposition, the governor issued an Executive Order requiring the DOT to prepare a toll proposal and study how much it would cost commuters.  However, I don’t think we need a study to show the implications of tolls because they are obvious – it will make living in Connecticut even more unaffordable than it already is.

We already allocate to transportation: two gas taxes, the tax on out-of- state trucks, one half point of the CT sales tax, the sales tax on new cars, all sorts of fees, and borrowed money.  We should be reducing the tax burden on families and businesses, not increasing it.

My caucus has sent a proposal to Governor Malloy to address our transportation needs without imposing tolls – proposals that have been ignored.

To that point, I would like to share with you a letter my colleagues – House Minority Leader Themis Klarides and Finance Committee Ranking Member Chris Davis – wrote to the governor asking him to remove the request from the Bonding Commission’s agenda.

I stand with my colleagues in urging the Bond Commission to refuse the governor’s $10 million request as well.

The Commission is scheduled to meet on July 25.

Click on the image below to read the full letter:

 

Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have questions about items on the State Bond Commission agenda or any other state issue.

Rep. Dunsby Achieves Perfect Voting Record

Posted on July 10, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD –State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) achieved a 100% voting record for all roll call votes taken on the floor of the State House of Representatives during both the 2018 Regular Session and the Veto Override Session, which concluded on June 25. According to the data released by the House Clerk’s office, he cast every one of the 317 roll call votes called this year in the House.

Rep. Dunsby also achieved this distinction during the 2017 Regular Session and the Special Session, which lasted until last October. Last year, he was in attendance for all 417 of the roll call votes.

“The people of the 135th expect their voices to be heard on every single vote,” said Rep. Dunsby. “Whether a legislative session was called on short notice or a vote was held in the early hours of the morning, I made sure that they were. I am grateful for the honor of representing the people of Easton, Redding, and Weston, and will strive to make every vote next year as well.”

Perfect attendance and voting records are difficult to achieve since most legislators do not live in Hartford. This distinction was achieved by only 52 out of 151 House members this year, which is 34% of Rep. Dunsby’s colleagues.

The next regular session of the General Assembly will convene in January of 2019.