Call for Special Session to Eliminate Grocery tax

Posted on September 19, 2019 by admin


House and Senate Republicans are calling on Governor Lamont to bring the legislature into special session to fix a piece of legislation passed in the Democrat state budget that created new taxes on hundreds of grocery store foods, and also substantially increased taxes on prepared meals.

These new and increased taxes will negatively and disproportionately impact senior citizens and others on a fixed income, the underemployed and the middle class.

The House of Representatives needs 76 members to sign

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7.35% “Meal tax” Will Hurt Connecticut Families

Posted on September 13, 2019 by admin


After the Department of Revenue Services issued a clarifying statement regarding the new “meal tax”  this week, State Representative John Frey (R-111) came out strongly against the measure, saying it will hurt Connecticut families who already struggle to make ends meet and pay ever-increasing food costs.

Part of the Democrat state budget set to go into effect October 1, 2019, the “meal tax” adds an additional 1% to the cost of many items already taxed at 6.35%, but the DRS statement clarifies that

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Stand Down 2019

Posted on September 9, 2019 by admin


On Friday, September 20th, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting the 2019 Stand Down event at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Connecticut’s veterans deserve the services that they have earned.

Many community providers will have booths set up at the event with specialists to help veterans receive and learn about their earned service benefits, employment opportunities, medical screenings, and legal services.

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Rep. Frey’s Donor Breast Milk Legislation Signed into Law                                        

Posted on July 24, 2019 by admin


State Rep. John Frey (R-111) today applauded Governor Lamont for signing into law legislation he proposed to establish Medicaid reimbursement for medically necessary donor breast milk.

“On behalf of the women across our state who struggle to feed their newborns, the advocates who worked diligently to bring this issue to our attention and my colleagues in the General Assembly who supported this bill, I want to thank Governor Lamont for signing this important legislation the law,” Rep. Frey said. “This

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Concept Proposed by Rep. Frey to Streamline DMV, Licensing Signed into Law

Posted on July 22, 2019 by admin


Governor Lamont last week signed into law a bill that will save taxpayer money and time spent at the Department of Motor Vehicles by extending the time before renewal for certain DMV processes and licensing.

Originally a concept put forth by Rep. Frey in January, 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 (currently six years),

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Rep. Frey’s Bill to Establish Cultural Districts Signed into Law!

Posted on July 16, 2019 by admin


State Rep. John Frey (R-111) thanked Governor Lamont for signing legislation he proposed to allow municipalities to create designated cultural districts to create awareness and promote economic development. The Governor signed the bill, which becomes effective on October 1st, on Friday July 12.

“Promoting and encouraging the arts within our communities is great for performers who can showcase their talents locally, but also for the businesses that will benefit from increased tourism that art exhibitions

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Bring Your Reusable Shopping Bags!

Posted on July 10, 2019 by admin


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


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


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


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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