Legislators Join Hopeline of Danbury to Host Area-Wide Diaper Drive

Posted on September 12, 2018 by jpheasant


BETHEL/DANBURY – State Representatives Stephen Harding (R-107) and Will Duff (R-2) along with State Senators Toni Boucher (R-26) and Michael McLachlan (R-24) in cooperation with the Hopeline of Danbury will be hosting a town-wide Diaper Drive from Sept. 13th to Oct. 11th.

The legislative delegations from Bethel and Danbury organized this month-long diaper drive with Hopeline for in-need families after learning they are not covered by Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Bethel and Danbury residents can donate opened or unopened packages of diapers at these three locations:

  • Bethel Municipal Center at 1 School Street, Bethel
  • Bethel Library at 189 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel
  • Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury

According to state statistics, a month’s supply of diapers can cost over $100. Unfortunately, the vast majorities of licensed day care centers do not accept cloth diapers, and require parents and caregivers to provide a steady supply of disposable diapers.

Most people living in poverty do not have affordable access to washing facilities. Furthermore, most coin-operated laundromats do not allow customers to wash cloth diapers for health and sanitary reasons. Additionally, most low income parents can’t afford a membership to a discount club like BJ’s or Costco where diapers are less expensive.

Rep. Harding Provides Toll Study Update

Posted on August 6, 2018 by jpheasant


I have recently joined 70 of my House colleagues in requesting that we be called back into special session to override Governor Malloy’s 10M in wasteful spending for a tolls study.

I join my colleagues in demanding the Speaker of the House along with leadership in the majority party call us back into session in order to address this matter.

As I’ve said before, if we are going to spend $10,000,000.00, I feel that it would be far better spent right here in the 107th District helping assist those who have suffered inconsolable damage during May’s tornado rather than spending money that we don’t have to take more money out of our residents pockets.

Rep. Harding Demands Malloy Funds For Residents Storm Relief Efforts in 107th Instead of Tolls Study

Posted on July 18, 2018 by jpheasant


HARTFORD – Last night, Governor Malloy announced he will be imposing his power of executive order to request the Department of Transportation conduct a $10 million dollar feasibility study for the purpose of implementing electronic tolls.

In his statement, Gov. Malloy said “During this past legislative session, we heard time and again from legislators that they wished for more information regarding electronic tolling, including specific recommendations with respect to its possible implementation.”

“I would like to call on the Governor to utilize the 10 million dollars and help those in the 107th District who were devastated by the tornado in May,” Rep. Harding said. “These funds would be utilized far better by those in desperate need of help and support as opposed to studying an issue that would take countless dollars out of the pockets of hard-working residents who are already overtaxed.”

According to the Governor’s executive order, DOT will conduct the following:

  • Prepare a comprehensive assessment for possible electronic tolling on I-95, I-91, I-84, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, the Merritt Parkway, and any other limited access highways as determined by the DOT Commissioner, which includes potential toll monitoring and specifies proposed toll charges;
  • Explore potential ways to provide discounts, tax credits, or other value-pricing options to Connecticut residents while ensuring out-of-state drivers contribute their fair share;
  • Explore plans that could reduce motor vehicle fuel taxes; and
  • Study the environmental impacts of electronic tolling systems.

The Special State Bonding Commission is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday, July 25th to approve funding requests submitted by Governor Malloy. As chairman of the commission, Gov. Malloy has the discretion to determine which items that are included in the bonding meeting.

To read the Governor’s executive order click here.

Rep. Harding Achieves 100% Voting Record

Posted on July 9, 2018 by jpheasant


HARTFORD – State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) has once again earned a one hundred percent voting record for all roll call votes taken on the floor of the House of Representatives for 2018.

Each year, the House Clerk’s Office releases the data on members’ votes during the Regular Session. Achieving perfect attendance is quite difficult, with only 20% of legislators able to do so in any given year.

“It is the utmost honor to represent and serve the local community in which I was raised,” Rep. Harding said. “I take this commitment seriously and always work to ensure the 107th District is represented on every single issue.”

Rep. Harding represents the towns of Bethel, Brookfield, and Danbury in the General Assembly. He is also the Ranking Member of the legislature’s Environment Committee while also serving on the Judiciary, Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committees.

For an overview of important legislation addressed in the 2018 legislative session visit the Office of Legislative Research website: www.cga.ct.gov/olr.

The next regular session of the legislature will convene in January, 2019.

Rep. Harding Disappointed in Results of Veto Session

Posted on June 29, 2018 by jpheasant


HARTFORD – State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) and his fellow lawmakers returned to the Capitol this week for a special veto session to override a bill to protect educational funding recently vetoed by Governor Malloy.

The legislation, HB-5171, An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Recessions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year, would protect ECS funding by preventing the Executive Branch of Connecticut’s state government from making recessions or other reductions during the fiscal year. Passage of this bill would ensure funding that had previously been promised to a municipality isn’t removed.

“State educational funding for our local students should never be used as a tool for political gamesmanship. This bill would have prevented any governor from doing what Governor Malloy has done in recent years by threatening crippling rescission cuts to our local education,” Rep. Harding said. “I am upset that the Senate did not have enough votes to stand up for our students throughout the state and pass this important measure.”

Due to the bill originating in the House it had to be voted on their first before moving to the Senate for another vote. When voted on, House members voted in favor of the legislation 103-33, receiving the two-third’s margin required. Despite passing 19-10 in the Senate, it wasn’t enough to override the governor’s veto.

The ECS formula which is set by the legislature takes into account town wealth, student count with high need students, and other weighted factors in order to determine how much districts will receive on a per-pupil basis.

Reps. Harding & Duff Hosting a ‘Stuff a Humvee’ Event to Help Local Veterans

Posted on June 20, 2018 by jpheasant


HARTFORD — State Representatives Stephen Harding (R-107) and Will Duff (R-2) in conjunction with Veterans Services of New England are hosting a ‘Stuff a Humvee’ event to collect items to benefit local veterans in need.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at the Bethel Municipal Center on 1 School Street in Bethel.

What: Stuff a Humvee Veterans Collection
When: Saturday, July 7th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Bethel Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel

There will be a ‘Humvee’ on the premises to collect non-perishable food items and toiletries that will then be donated to local Veterans in need. The Veteran Services of New England is a registered Connecticut not-for-profit, Veteran Service Organization* (VSO).

The Veteran Services of New England assist those in the reserves, active duty, prior service members and their immediate families, includes providing employment, mental health, recreational rehab assistance and other services associated with the transition from military service to the next phase of life and beyond.

Rep. Harding said, “I know that our local community has great appreciation for our military who protect our freedom here and around the globe. This initiative is a great way to support these brave men and women who do so much for us.”

“We can never forget the great sacrifice that our brave men and women in the Armed Forces gave so that we can enjoy our daily freedoms. I appreciate those selfless sacrifices and believe that it is our duty to at least provide some basic needs and services to our most vulnerable veterans, this Humvee collection is one small gesture for our veterans,” Rep. Duff said.

Some of the needed items include:

Personal Care:
• Deodorant, men’s and women’s
• Razors, men’s & women’s
• Shaving cream
• Soap
• Hand soap
• Shampoo/conditioner
• Shower gel
• Toothbrushes
• Toothpaste
• Mouthwash
• Dental floss
• Feminine hygiene products
• “Depends” type products
• Vaseline and hand lotion
• Medicated foot powder
• Nail files/nail clippers
• Cough drops
• Vicks vapor rub
• Reusable water bottles
• Combs/hairbrushes
• Hand sanitizer
• Contact solution/eye drops
• Chapstick/lip balm
• Individual tissue packs
• Band aids
• Wet Ones type hand wipes
• Q-Tips
• Dry shampoo
• No-rinse wipes (for adult personal hygiene)

• NEW packs of adult socks, male and female – cotton or wool
• NEW packs of men’s & women’s underwear

Food Items:
• Nonperishable food items
• Cases of individual bottled spring water
• Gallon size spring water
• Regular “ground” coffee
• Nonperishable canned goods
• Packages of hard candies
• Instant coffee and hot cocoa
• Powder drink mixes
• Chewing gum

• New household cleaning supplies
• Non-prescription reading glasses (“Readers”)
• Can openers for nonperishable foods