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House Republican Leader Klarides Testifies on Ethnic Data Bill


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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides testified before the legislature supporting a bill that would ban the collection of detailed ethnic data not currently assembled on Connecticut students.

At her side was Woodbridge resident and mother Lin Yang who called the potential practice dangerous and divisive.

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Klarides Testifies on Tomosynthesis Change



House Republican Leader Themis Klarides on Thursday testified before members of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee about clarifying insurance codes to make certain that Tomosynthesis, a three-dimensional image screening process, is considered a mammography. Klarides was joined by Dr. Thomas Farquhar, chief of radiology at Hartford Hospital. In 2016, Klarides got legislation passed that requires insurances companies to cover Tomosynthesis if a patient’s physician deems it necessary. But since then, Klarides has learned that some insurance companies weren’t covering Tomosynthesis because they didn’t consider it a mammography. The committee’s leadership thanked Klarides for not only pursuing the legislation last year, but for coming back this year to make sure it’s done right. Farquhar said the process is more likely to identify breast cancer, and that the test saves lives.

House GOP Leader Themis Klarides Response to the Calls for Tolls on Connecticut Roads


“Republicans have demonstrated with our Prioritize Progress initiative Prioritize Progress beginning in 2015 that we can dedicate sufficient funds for transportation projects, in this case $63 billion over three decades while stabilizing the STF, without installing tolls on Connecticut’s roads or raising gas taxes,’’ Rep. Themis Klarides said. “This issue will certainly be debated in the coming legislative session, and public opinion will likely move around once the location and number of tolls are defined and we learn how much revenue they will generate.’’

State Lawmakers and Derby Mayor to Host Town Hall Meeting


DERBY — House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, State Senator George Logan, and State Reps. Nicole Klarides-Ditria and Linda Gentile will join Mayor Richard Dziekan at the Derby City Hall (Council Chambers) on Monday, January 29th, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to talk about the upcoming 2018 legislative session with residents.