Posted on January 16, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD — The Connecticut General Assembly Conservative Caucus today announced highlights of its 2019-2020 legislative agenda, including provisions that would strengthen Connecticut’s criminal justice system, uphold individual voting rights, and allow individual workers to determine their contributions to union activities, among other proposed legislation.
In response to the repeated and detrimental loosening of the state’s criminal justice laws, the caucus proposed legislation to reinstate the death penalty to hold violent offenders accountable if they choose to commit heinous crimes towards the people of our state. The legislation’s focus on capital felony cases would not otherwise impact state law regarding prosecution or imprisonment for lower level crimes and would allow the imposition of the death penalty in certain specific and violent cases.
Posted on January 11, 2019 by admin
LEDYARD – After undergoing a complete renovation, the McDonald’s restaurant in Gales Ferry has become one of the chain’s most modern locations in the State of Connecticut. State Representative Mike France (R-42) and State Senator Cathy Osten (D-19) attended the grand opening celebration earlier this week.
“This is my home McDonald’s, I live just a couple blocks up the road,” said Rep. France. “In fact, my oldest daughter got her first job here. McDonald’s has always lead the way as a great opportunity for first jobs and scholarship programs that help people grow in their career. The new technology and table service included in this remodel shows the future of where McDonald’s is going, and that there are ways to make fast food different and a more enjoyable experience.”
Posted on January 9, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD — State Representative Mike France (R-42) joined legislative colleagues today, Opening Day of the 2019 Legislative Session, to be sworn in to his third term at the State Capitol. He will serve for two more years as the State Representative for the 42nd General Assembly District of Ledyard, Preston and Montville.
“I sincerely appreciate the support of my constituents and it is truly an honor to serve another term as your voice at the State Capitol,” said Rep. France. “As the legislative session proceeds, I encourage you to contact me with questions or concerns about state government, especially how it affects you, your family or your community, as well as ideas for new legislation. I look forward to advocating for the changes that best serve you, the residents of Ledyard, Preston and Montville.”
To follow Rep. France’s proposed and supported legislation, visit his website (www.RepFrance.com) and click on the “Legislation” tab, or sign up for his email updates. To follow committee meetings and House debates as they unfold live on Connecticut’s public affairs television network, CT-N, tune your TV to Channel 95 in Ledyard, Channel 97 in Preston, or Channel 23 in Montville; or stream the proceedings online at www.ctn.state.ct.us.
This “long” session allows for bills on a variety of issues to be introduced, debated and voted on in committees and both legislative chambers. Most importantly, the General Assembly will be facing significant budget challenges during the 2019 Legislative Session. House and Senate Republican budget priorities for the 2019 Session continue to include implementing long-term structural changes to restore sustainability and predictability to the budget, as well as the “Prioritize Progress” transportation plan to fund and protect the Special Transportation Fund without tolls or tax increases.
Rep. France also received his legislative committee assignments for this term. He has been appointed as Ranking Member of the Government Administration & Elections Committee, which has cognizance on all matters relating to state government organization, structures and procedures, leasing, construction, maintenance, purchase and sale of state property and facilities, state and federal relations, interstate compacts, compacts between the state and Indian tribes, constitutional amendments, and all matters relating to elections and election laws. As Ranking Member of this Committee, Rep. France will lead his caucus members on these issues.
In addition, he will again serve on the Appropriations and the Planning & Development committees. The Appropriations Committee holds jurisdiction over all appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, including state employees’ salaries, benefits and retirement, teachers’ retirement and veterans’ pensions, and collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards for all state employees.
The Planning & Development Committee deals with matters relating to local governments, housing, urban renewal; fire, sewer and metropolitan districts; home rule, planning and zoning, regional planning and development activities, the State Plan of Conservation and Development, and economic development programs impacting local governments.
The 2019 Regular Legislative Session will adjourn at midnight on June 5th.
Posted on December 31, 2018 by admin
New legislation effective dates are typically January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st throughout the calendar year. As 2018 comes to an end, we prepare for a number of new laws to take effect starting tomorrow, January 1, 2019.
These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I have highlighted some noteworthy new laws below and encourage you to take a look at the full list. Please contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these new laws.
AN ACT CONCERNING DUAL ARRESTS AND THE TRAINING REQUIRED OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL WITH RESPECT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
This new law, PA 18-5, will reduce the number of dual arrests that occur in domestic violence cases and enhance domestic violence training offered to state and local law enforcement agencies. For a summary, click here.
AN ACT CONCERNING MAMMOGRAMS, BREAST ULTRASOUNDS AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF BREASTS
AN ACT AUTHORIZING PREGNANCY AS A QUALIFYING EVENT FOR SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIODS FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS
This new law, PA 18-43, permits certain pregnant individuals to enroll in a health insurance policy or plan not later than thirty days after the individual’s pregnancy has been certified by a licensed health care provider. For a full summary, click here.
Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect in the New Year in the State of Connecticut.
Posted on December 4, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD — State Representative Mike France (R-42) invites his constituents to join him for a town-hall style meeting at the Ledyard Town Hall Annex on December 11th for a Pre-Session discussion of legislative priorities and other issues of interest. On December 15th, he will be holding a second Pre-Session discussion at the Preston Public Library. Rep. France will be available to answer your questions concerning what’s happening up in Hartford, new laws that went into effect this fall, and proposed legislation for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Ledyard Town Hall Annex, 741 Colonel Ledyard Highway
WHEN: Saturday, December 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Preston Public Library, 389 Route 2
“Some of the best ideas for legislation come from the people I serve,” said Rep. France. “Please meet with me to discuss any potential bills or concerns for this upcoming legislative session so I can continue to serve your best interests in Hartford.”
These events are free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend but would still like to connect with Rep. France, please do not hesitate to contact him at Mike.France@housegop.ct.gov or (800) 842-1423. If either meeting needs to be cancelled or postponed, a notice will be posted on Rep. France’s website at www.RepFrance.com and his Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RepFrance.