Rep. Dunsby Update: New Laws Taking Effect October 1

Posted on October 1, 2018 by rjoslyn


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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 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



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


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.

Rep. Dunsby and Sen. Hwang Vote to Override Governor’s Veto of Bill Preventing Mid-Year Cuts

Posted on June 28, 2018 by rjoslyn


HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) voted on Monday to override Governor Dan Malloy’s veto of a bill prohibiting future governors from making cuts to education aid in the middle of a fiscal year. State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) also voted to override the veto in the Senate.

Although there was enough support in the House on a 103-33 vote margin to override the governor’s veto, the override effort failed to achieve 2/3rd support in the Senate and was unsuccessful, meaning Governor Malloy’s veto will stand.  The legislature also failed to override vetoes on several other pieces of legislation that passed this year when Senate Democrats sided with Governor Malloy.

Public Act 18-35 was legislation intended to prevent a Connecticut governor from withholding Education Cost Sharing funds promised to a municipality for the school year, and was a key priority for Rep. Dunsby and Sen. Hwang.

“Never before has a Connecticut governor used his executive authority to withhold money promised to schools in the middle of a school year,” said Rep Dunsby. “This act said nothing about the amount of funding a town receives, just that once an amount had been promised and relied upon it could not be changed in the middle of the school year. I was glad the House overrode the governor’s veto on a bipartisan vote, though disappointed the Senate did not do the same. If the state can’t provide the aid it once did, it should at least provide our towns predictability.”

“Rep. Dunsby and I spoke with one voice on behalf of Easton and Weston’s educators, children and families,” said Sen. Hwang.  “I was proud to stand with Rep. Dunsby on this crucial funding issue.  At the same time, I was bitterly disappointed that despite our votes to override the governor’s ill-advised veto, they were not enough to get it to the finish line in the State Senate.  That’s truly a shame.  This bill would have created stability and predictability for our towns and local schools beyond the current budget.  I can promise Easton and Weston taxpayers this:  I am not deterred, and I will continue to stand with Rep. Dunsby in support of common sense policies like this one.”

All seven of the governor’s vetoes were sustained in a special session of the General Assembly on Monday.

Rep. Dunsby to Host a Series of Town Hall Forums in the 135th District for Interested Constituents

Posted on May 16, 2018 by rjoslyn


EASTON State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) is inviting his constituents to three post-session town hall events he is holding with his fellow legislators throughout the 135th district.  The dates are: June 4 in Redding, June 5 in Easton, and June 12 in Weston.  He will offer residents of Easton, Redding & Weston an opportunity to discuss with him pieces of legislation that passed this year and other issues pertaining to the conclusion of the 2018 legislative session.


Anyone unable to attend but would like to speak to Rep. Dunsby can reach him at Sen. Boucher can be reached at, Sen. Hwang can be reached at, and Rep. Duff can be reached at

Rep. Dunsby Update: Conclusion of the 2018 Legislative Session

Posted on May 15, 2018 by rjoslyn



The legislative session ended at midnight on Wednesday, May 9th. This session was intended for budget adjustments to the full, two-year budget adopted last October and to consider additional legislation, which as always, there was a lot of.

Connecticut’s budget, which had been drifting into deficit, was reprieved by an, apparently, unanticipated revenue boost from the repatriation of offshore profits by financial firms. This windfall, in excess of $1 billion, will be used to cover shortfalls and to bolster programs.

The Republican budget adjustment plan proposed that one third of that excess surplus be put in the underfunded state employees’ pension fund, one third into the teachers’ pension fund, and one third into the rainy day fund. This would have increased the funding ratio of these two pension funds and was favored by the unions, who prefer cash from the state over I O U’s.  Legislative Democrats preferred that all additional surplus go into the rainy day fund… and this is what happened in the compromise budget plan we adopted.

While putting money into the rainy day fund is not a bad thing, it’s like placing the cookie jar on a higher shelf—it’s harder to get to, but not impossible.  For instance, a future legislature could intentionally spend its way into a deficit, which the comptroller would be forced to close by drawing on the rainy day fund.

I supported the eventual compromise budget adjustment plan because of its key components: no tax increases, full restoration of the Medicare Savings Plan, and increased funding to the Special Transportation Fund from the transfer of sales tax on cars.  It also preserves crucial municipal funding for our towns, like ECS and Town Aid Road grants, which the governor would have cut if this budget had not passed.

While we can all be happy that the state had a revenue windfall, the state’s underlying economic issues remain substantially unchanged. Connecticut’s economy shrank in 2017, and has now shrank in three of the past four years – all while the country as a whole is enjoying strong economic growth. We still need pro-growth reforms such as lower taxes, lower regulation, and state employee benefits that match the private sector. Republicans proposed reforms such as removing overtime from pension calculations after 2027, but these reforms were blocked.

In future legislative sessions, I intend to advocate for the long-term structural changes our state will need in order to end its persistent fiscal crisis.

As always, please email me at if you have any questions about the state budget or any other piece of legislation from this session.  For information on other bills that were discussed this year, you can visit

Rep. Dunsby Votes for Compromise Budget to Protect Local Education, MSP Funding

Posted on May 15, 2018 by rjoslyn


HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) on Wednesday praised the passage of a budget adjustment plan for the 2019 fiscal year.  The budget plan, which passed on a bipartisan vote before the end of the 2018 session, is the result of negotiations between Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to make adjustments to the budget passed last October.

The Republican budget plan was called for a vote earlier in the day, but was defeated. This plan would have put a portion of surplus revenue into the underfunded teachers and state workers’ pension plans. Instead this money will go into the rainy day fund, where it could be spent by a future legislature.

Rep Dunsby emphasized the budget adjustments fulfill several of his key priorities for the session, including the protection of ECS funding, fully funding the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) for seniors, adding money to teachers’ healthcare accounts, and increasing funding to the Special Transportation Fund.  The budget adjustments do not contain any tax increases, a critical requirement Republicans insisted on. A one-time revenue increase of about $1 billion, mostly from the required repatriation of offshore investment company profits, allowed legislators more flexibility than expected.

“This budget adjustment plan was able maintain services and municipal aid without raising taxes because of one-time revenue gains,” said Rep Dunsby. “However, these revenue gains are temporary, and it is as important as ever that we implement pro-growth policies and restrain spending.”

The plan will also provide $29 million more to the Special Transportation Fund for road projects by accelerating the existing tax on new cars. The funding will ramp up dramatically in the coming years.

Republicans were able to negotiate several provisions from their original budget proposal into the final legislation, including a hard hiring freeze on new state employees to save $7 million.

Among the provisions in the compromise budget are:

–          $5 million for emergency placement for Department of Developmental Services patients

–          Reduce Energy Efficiency Fund sweeps by $10 million

–          $9.5 million for cost of living increases for private providers

Republicans also were successful in including some provisions for long-term structural changes, such as allowing for volunteerism at the local level to ease burdens on towns and cities, and hiring a consultant to come up with $500 million in savings for Connecticut.

Republicans also secured language in the legislation that would inhibit Gov. Malloy’s ability to cut funding for towns and cities as he did under his authority following the passage of the bipartisan budget last October.

“We still have a lot of goals to accomplish in future session, but I am proud of the way my caucus took the initiative to lead even though we are in the minority,” said Rep. Dunsby.

Rep. Dunsby Credits Vocal Opposition to Tolling for Legislative Reconsideration of Toll Proposals

Posted on May 3, 2018 by rjoslyn


Cautions that Toll Legislation Could Still Reappear Later this Session

HARTFORD State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) expressed optimism to Connecticut commuters and taxpayers after the Speaker of the House announced he was unlikely to bring proposals related to the installation of electronic tolls up for a vote in the House of Representatives this year.

Crediting “significant pressure from toll opponents,” Rep. Dunsby noted that majority leadership has realized there are insufficient votes to pass the toll proposals. However, he warned that until legislation related to tolls actually receives an up-or-down vote in the House, tolls could still be a part of the final budget package for the state.

“Significant opposition from commuters and taxpayers to any kind of tolls proposal has prompted majority leadership to reconsider putting tolls up for a vote in the House, so passing tolls legislation does not appear likely at this point – though it is not impossible,” said Rep. Dunsby.  “I remain opposed to tolls because the Special Transportation fund already takes in sufficient revenue, but the funding is not spent in an efficient way. As the proposal looks right now, Fairfield County drivers would be disproportionately impacted. I will continue to keep my constituents updated on any developments related to tolls and the state budget.”

The 2018 legislative session concludes on May 9.

Rep. Dunsby Editorial: The Highs and Lows of Putting the Theory of Municipal Regionalization into Practice

Posted on April 16, 2018 by rjoslyn


April 16, 2018

To the editor,

Today, it is often stated that pushing municipalities to share services is critical to solving the state’s financial problems. I doubt that. First, municipalities have already regionalized services more than many realize. Second, while the term regionalization is hastily deployed, business plans showing the savings and who gets them are rarely seen. I suspect many of the ideas floated would not stand up to analysis.

Municipal officials are under constant pressure to keep spending down. This leads them to look for savings everywhere, including sharing services with other towns. In Easton, for example, we share a high school, school administration, sports leagues, and a land use director with Redding.

In public safety, towns rely on mutual aid. Police, fire, and emergency medical service personnel respond to emergencies in other towns when needed. We share a regional fire school in Fairfield, which the state intends to defund—go figure. Further, a regional emergency management team sends storm forecasts used by municipalities.

What about insurance? Easton, like almost all municipalities in Connecticut, gets its liability and workers compensation insurance through CIRMA, a municipally-owned insurance consortium. Municipalities are eligible to join the health insurance plan for state workers, the State 2.0 partnership plan. Easton has done so and has achieved savings (as have Easton’s employees).

Every municipality in Connecticut belongs to a council of governments. The COGs provide a regionally shared skilled workforce to help plan area projects, primarily transportation. MetroCOG, Easton’s COG, helps obtain the grant that funds our senior center van and managed the six-town GIS mapping project, which anyone can access through Easton’s website. Ironically, failed SB 538 proposed taking money away from COGs to create a new state department with eighteen employees to study regional efficiency. (Do you think it would ever recommend shutting itself down?)

There are many other examples of regionalized services, such as probate courts, inter-library loans, senior centers open to all, and the state bid list, which allows towns to get the same price the state gets on many goods and services.

Some services just cannot be shared in ways that promote efficiency. It’s hard to share a public works department because when it snows all personnel and all trucks are needed in their respective towns. There may be opportunities to share other capital equipment, but renting is probably cheaper still.

In Easton, we investigated sharing an assessor with Weston, but when we ran the numbers it just didn’t work. The savings were minimal, but the loss of service was significant. We investigated joining a health district and found our costs would have gone up.

But perhaps there are more opportunities for shared services that municipal officials just haven’t thought of yet. Dispatch centers are often mentioned. Sometimes animal control. Okay, I’m listening. How much money will be saved? Who gets the savings? How do we handle friction with our collective bargaining agreements? A concept is a good starting point, but proponents of new regionalization plans have the responsibility to produce detailed plans showing what they propose will save money.

If they can’t, I remain skeptical.


Rep. Dunsby Votes No on Toll-Related Bills in Finance Committee

Posted on April 9, 2018 by rjoslyn


HARTFORD – State Representative Adam Dunsby (R-135) on Thursday voted against four proposals related to the implementation of electronic tolling in Connecticut that were ultimately approved by the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee.

The four bills that were approved by the committee are:

SB 389: An Act Establishing the Connecticut Transportation Authority

HB 5393: An Act Establishing the Connecticut Transportation Finance Authority to Maintain Major State Highways

HB 5046 (governor’s bill): An Act Concerning the Sustainability of Transportation Projects

HB 5391: An Act Concerning Transportation Infrastructure


After the committee vote, Rep. Dunsby made the following statement:

“I oppose all measures related to tolling currently before us, first, because they assume Connecticut collects insufficient revenue for transportation, which is false.  The STF takes in almost $1.5 billion, and that number goes up every year. We should be prioritizing projects needed for public safety and to keep what we already have in good repair. Instead, the state continues to grant money for trophy projects, while doing little to keep costs down. Second, the proposed toll booths will be located disproportionately in Fairfield County. Because the federal government requires congestion pricing, it will be commuters in our part of Connecticut that will be hit the hardest.”


Each proposal related to authorizing tolls now heads to the appropriate legislative chamber for consideration later this spring.