Bring Your Reusable Shopping Bags!

Posted on July 10, 2019 by admin


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In case you haven’t heard, the state’s new tax increases include one on disposable, single-use plastic bags. This new, temporary tax takes effect on August 1, 2019.

Between then and June 30, 2021, retailers that provide plastic shopping bags with a thickness of less than four mils- four thousandths of an inch- will be required to charge a 10-cent tax on every single bag. After June 30, 2021, retailers are prohibited from providing or selling single-use checkout bags to customers.

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Representing Ridgefield Since 1776 – The legislative history of our State Representatives

Posted on July 3, 2019 by admin


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By Chris Flynn, Miles Tullo & Alec Pool – RHS Senior Interns

After proudly taking her late husband‘s place representing the 111th district, Mary Keeler was a State Representative who never cast a vote and never had the opportunity to advance Ridgefield’s agenda. Her tenure, while brief, put her in the same rarified company as Capt. Aaron Lee, Major Job Smith, Capt. Nathan Dauchy, former Governor Phineas Lounsbury and many other Ridgefielders who chose to serve the people of Ridgefield in the legislature.

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Rep. Frey, Interns Meet with Governor Lamont

Posted on June 5, 2019 by admin


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State Rep. John Frey invited Ridgefield first selectman Rudy Marconi and a group of both legislative and municipal interns to meet with Governor Lamont during a visit to the state capitol on the penultimate day of the 2019 legislative session.   After the group finished meeting with the governor and getting answers to policy and legislation questions directly from him, the group toured the Hall of the House and the State Senate Chambers.

Rep. Frey Supports Safe School Climate Bill

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


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State Representative John Frey (R-111) this week supported important bi-partisan legislation to strengthen state anti-bullying law to include non-peer-to-peer interactions, and to expand the reporting requirements of school volunteers

The legislation, HB-7215 – An Act Concerning Safe School Climate Policies – establishes an eight-member Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate Advisory Collaborative tasked with monitoring school climate improvement efforts in the state.  The bill also modifies

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Rep. Frey Votes Against Irresponsible State Budget

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


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State Representative John Frey (R-111) last night voted against a state budget plan that takes hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes and fees from the middle class, once again rips funding from the Special Transportation Fund and shifts the responsibility of paying ongoing and increasing debts onto our children.

In addition to the transportation fund raid, new or increased taxes and fees will be added on everything from plastic bags, restaurant meals, digital downloads like Netflix and music

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Rep. Frey Welcomes Ms. President Juliette Arencibia to Capitol

Posted on June 1, 2019 by admin


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Rep. John Frey welcomed and introduced Ridgefield’s Juliette Arencibia, 10, gr. 5, and her family to his colleagues in the House of Representatives during a point of personal privilege where he noted she is a member of the Ms. President US organization. He was joined by State Senator Will Haskell during the announcement and they presented Juliette with a state citation recognizing her accomplishment.

According to their website, Ms President US is a non-partisan, non-profit, community-based initiative,

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Rep. Frey’s Donor Breast Milk Legislation Passes House

Posted on May 23, 2019 by admin


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State Rep. John Frey (R-111) today said he was thrilled that legislation he proposed to establish Medicaid reimbursement for medically necessary donor breast milk unanimously passed the House of Representatives and will be heading to the Senate.

Last summer, Rep. Frey was approached by several constituents including Di Masters who made him aware of the difficulty some women have in providing breast milk to their children, and the lack of hospital support because of the costs, and immediately took

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Rep. Frey’s Bill to Establish Cultural Districts Passes House!

Posted on May 21, 2019 by admin


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Legislation originally proposed by State Rep. John Frey (R-111) to allow municipalities to create designated cultural districts to create awareness and promote economic development unanimously passed the House of Representatives today.

“I’m pleased this important measure passed the House and I am hopeful the Senate and the governor will follow suit and sign this pro-business, pro-community legislation into law,” Rep. Frey, co-sponsor of the legislation, said. “Increasing the visibility and awareness

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Rep. Frey Congratulates Allie Cauchon on Being Named Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year!

Posted on May 17, 2019 by admin


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Hot off the press! Congratulations to Allie Cauchon for being selected as STATE Boys and Girls Club 2019 Youth of the Year at their annual awards dinner at the State Capitol!

She is the first in Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield, CT history!

State Representative John Frey gives Youth of the Year Allie Cauchon a high-five as (from left) Jess Murphy Podrazky, program director for the Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club, Kristin Goncalves, director

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Concept Proposed by Rep. Frey To Streamline DMV, Licensing Passes Committee

Posted on May 17, 2019 by admin


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State Rep. John Frey (R-111) and the Finance Committee voted to unanimously move legislation to the full legislature that will save taxpayer money by extending the time before renewal for certain DMV processes and licensing.

Originally a concept put forth by Rep. Frey, HB 7201 – An Act Concerning the Convenience of Acquiring Motor Vehicle Licenses and Registrations – will allow driver’s license and identity card holders the option of renewing their credentials for an eight-year period, allow drivers

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