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Conservative Caucus Proposes Alternative to State-Run Paid Family & Medical Leave Program

Posted on April 8, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – As bills to provide paid Family and Medical Leave advance through the committee process, the legislature’s Conservative Caucus proposed an alternative that would provide coverage for families without burdening individual taxpayers with a mandatory and onerous new payroll tax.

Current paid family and medical leave proposals would mandate employers offer up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to their employees. To fund the program, virtually all employees would be compelled to pay one-half of one per cent of their earnings into a new FMLA fund, whether they take the leave or not.

As a more affordable alternative, the Conservative Caucus model would have the Insurance Department develop a voluntary free-market plan which it would make available to both employees and employers. This alternative would allow workers to qualify for paid family and medical leave while treating such leave as an employment benefit, not a state mandate. Instead of a mandate, employers would be empowered to offer the benefit to employees as they do other types of insurance. It would further empower employees to purchase such coverage if they found it beneficial to their family circumstances.

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Rep. France Hears the Needs of Connecticut’s Epilepsy Community

Posted on April 8, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORDState Representative Mike France (R-42) attended his third Epilepsy Advocacy Day at the Capitol earlier this week to hear from individuals living with the condition, and their families, about the challenges they face and how state government can help.

Advocacy Day participants came from all over the state on Tuesday to meet with one another in Hartford and share stories about their connection to Epilepsy. They also engaged in a thorough training session about 2019 legislative priorities and how to effectively engage with their legislators. They urged legislators to support policies that ensure timely access to Epilepsy medications and specialists, and end all forms of discrimination for individuals with Epilepsy. They particularly advocated for the passage of the following bills proposed this session:

  • House Bill (H.B.) 7092, which expands eligibility for the Katie Beckett Waiver Program. This program allows the Connecticut Department of Social Services to provide home and community-based Medicaid services to individuals who have a physical disability, and may or may not have a co-occurring developmental disability, and would normally not qualify financially for Medicaid due to family income.
  • B. 7093, which establishes a task force to study and develop recommendations to increase employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
  • B. 7166, which establishes a statutory right to timely and appropriate non-emergency medical transportation for Medicaid beneficiaries and provides a more timely avenue for such beneficiaries to appeal coverage lapses.

“I am happy to support the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut and the legislation they are advocating for,” said Rep. France. “Over the past several years that I have been in office, I have personally witnessed how epilepsy impacts my constituents and I want to continue to support programs that lead to improvements in their quality of life.”

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Rep. France to Hold Mid-Session Town Hall, Preston and Ledyard Residents are Encouraged to Attend

Posted on April 3, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Mike France (R-42) invites constituents to meet with him on Thursday, April 18th at the Preston Public Library or Saturday, April 20th at the Ledyard Town Hall Annex to discuss the status of the state budget and important legislation being proposed during the 2019 legislative session.

WHAT: Mid-Session Town Hall

WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Preston Public Library meeting room, 389 Route 2, Preston

 

WHAT: Mid-Session Town Hall

WHEN: Saturday,

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Connecticut General Assembly Conservative Caucus Welcomes New Member

Posted on March 28, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – The Connecticut General Assembly Conservative Caucus today proudly announced the addition of its newest member, State Representative Brian Lanoue (R-45), who represents the towns of Griswold, Lisbon, Sterling, Plainfield and Voluntown.

“In the first two months of session, Representative Lanoue has already demonstrated his conservative principles in both the legislation he has proposed as well as the strong advocacy while providing testimony during public hearings,” Caucus Chairman Rep. Mike France (R-42) said. “As a small business owner, he brings invaluable experience to the caucus and we’re excited that he will provide his input and perspective on the important issues facing our state this session and into the future.”

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Rep. France Talks Capital Punishment on NBC30

Posted on March 25, 2019 by admin


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