Rep. Klarides-Ditria Applauds EpiPen Legislation Being Signed into Law

Posted on July 15, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria, a member of the Public Health Committee, attended the bill signing of Public Act 19-19 – An Act Concerning Epinephrine Auto-Injectors on Wednesday, June 26th.

Rep. Klarides-Ditria, a co-sponsor of the bill, said, “It is important that we established training, storage and medication administration requirements for the use of EpiPens. EpiPens are used daily to save lives and using them correctly and storing them correctly will save more lives.”

The bill allows an authorized entity (e.g., for-profit or non-profit entity) to acquire and maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors (e.g., EpiPens) from a wholesaler and provide or administer them to a person experiencing an anaphylactic reaction. To do this, the authorized entity must (1) establish a medical protocol with a prescribing practitioner and (2) have at least one employee or agent trained in recognizing the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, administering the medication, and following emergency protocol.


Pharmacies Receive Approval to Collect Unused Prescription Drugs

Posted on July 11, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria, the House Republican Leader on the Regulation Review Committee, announced last week that the committee signed off on allowing pharmacies to collect unused prescription drugs to be properly disposed of.

“Making it easier for residents to dispose of unused prescription drugs will help prevent prescription drugs from potentially getting in the hands of children and younger adults,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “This is another step to helping combat

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New Laws – July 1st

Posted on July 9, 2019 by admin


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Monday, July 1st, many new laws that may affect you and our community went into effect.

I have highlighted some noteworthy new laws below and encourage you to take a look at the full list, which can be accessed by clicking here. You can also find a copy of the 2019 Major Public Acts by clicking here.

Public Act 19-117 – An Act Concerning the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2021

Public Act 19-103 – An Act Establishing a Pilot Program for Expansion of Advanced

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May 17th to be Named Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Day

Posted on June 10, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria announced on Monday that May 17th of each year will be proclaimed Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Day in honor of Nina Poeta a local Seymour resident.

“I want to thank my fellow lawmakers for supporting this legislation that will raise awareness for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomao and to remember Nina Poeta,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “Sadly there is no cure for this tumor and raising awareness for this type of brain cancer could one day help find a cure.”

According to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomao (DIPG) is a type of tumor that starts in the brain stem, the part of the brain just above the back of the neck and connected to the spine. The brain stem controls breathing, heart rate and the nerves and muscles that help us see, hear, walk, talk and eat. These tumors are called gliomas because they grow from glial cells, a type of supportive cell in the brain.

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria Opposes Tax Increase State Budget

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria said the two-year state budget passed in the House on Monday increases taxes by nearly $2 billion dollars and increases spending by $1 billion dollars.

“Legislative Democrats and the governor did nothing to cut spending, reduce the size of government, or create a sustainable pathway for future Connecticut budgets,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “We still have major fiscal problems in this state and their only solution is to tax and spend more. It’s a shame that the new governor is taking the same path as past governors. We can’t continue to go down this same road.”

The budget crafted by legislative Democrats and the governor raises taxes on:

• Digital downloads
• Prepared food from grocery stores and restaurants
• Plastic bags
• Soda & Alcoholic beverages
• Bus fares
• Dry cleaning
• Parking
• Rideshare services
• Safety Apparel

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House Republicans: We know our vote on tolls, and it is “no”

Posted on May 22, 2019 by admin


House Republicans: We know our vote on tolls, and it is “no”
HARTFORD – House Republican Lawmakers sent a formal letter to Governor Lamont Tuesday night to notify him that all members of the House Republican Caucus are fully unified against tolls.

The letter was sent after the governor declared that he will begin focusing on the budget and will table tolls for a special legislative session to give Republicans more time to support the proposal.

In the letter, House Republicans said that going into a special session would be an undue tax burden on the people of Connecticut and that the House Republican Caucus will be voting no on tolls.

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria Joins Calls for the Senate to Pass Bill to Increase Penalties for Fentanyl

Posted on May 21, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria joined her fellow colleagues and concerned citizens and organizations at the State Capitol on Tuesday for a press conference to call on the Senate to pass a House bill to strengthen penalties on fentanyl.

“The Senate should be passing this bill immediately,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “The selling and manufacturing of fentanyl is killing to many individuals and we shouldn’t be letting dealers of with a slap on the wrist. Let’s get this bill signed into law before the end of the session.”

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria Votes Against “Vague” Toll Proposal

Posted on May 16, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria called out legislative Democrats on Wednesday in the Finance Committee for passing a toll proposal that isn’t complete.

“Legislative Democrats and Governor Ned Lamont are asking residents to support tolls without providing a full detailed plan,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “How many tolls will there be? What highways will they be on? How much will Connecticut residents pay? All these questions went unanswered yesterday in the Finance Committee. It’s a shame that the majority party is doing everything behind closed doors and not being open and transparent with the residents of Connecticut.”

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House Passes Bill to Increase Penalties For Fentanyl

Posted on May 15, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria praised the passage of legislation on Tuesday that will create tougher penalties for the illegal manufacturing, distributing or selling of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl.

“Fentanyl is a dangerous drug that is linked to killing thousands of individuals suffering from drug addiction,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria, a co-sponsor of the bill. “Making the penalties for selling fentanyl harsh will hopefully deter individuals from selling or manufacturing this dangerous drug.”

The bill would change the definition of narcotic substance to include fentanyl the same category as heroin. As the law is currently written, fentanyl is listed as a synthetic drug, which is a lesser penalty.

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria Opposes Wage Hike to $15

Posted on May 10, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria joined colleagues in a nearly a fifteen-hour debate, from Wednesday to the early afternoon on Thursday, regarding the increase to the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The House Republican caucus offered eight amendments to help rework the legislation so that it didn’t punish businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities. For example, House Amendment Schedule G was offered to exempt municipalities from having to pay employees $15 an hour.

“I am disappointed that legislative Democrats blocked amendments that would have made this legislation better for businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “Connecticut is one of the worst places to do business and its because of legislation like this. Increasing the minimum wage when our economy is still failing to bounce back will only push our job recovery backward.”

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