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Legislation to Stop the Collection of Inmate Good Time Credits Moves Forward

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HARTFORD – The Judiciary Committee on Monday passed legislation, House Bill 5465, introduced by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and Nicole Klarides-Ditria that looks to prohibit criminals who were sentenced prior to the abolishment of good time credits from continuing to collect such credits.

“It is tragic what happened to Joyce Stochmal, and her family; having to watch her killer walk out of jail because he obtained good time credits is not right,” said House Republican Leader Themis Klarides. “Violent offenders should not be allowed to continue to collect these good time credits. I hope we can get this legislation passed in both chambers this session.”

“We should be protecting our communities from violent offenders not letting them back on the streets early,” Rep. Klarides-Ditria added. “This legislation will help protect our communities and make sure no one has to watch a violent criminal get out of jail early.”

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Rep. Klarides Interviewed at Amity High School for Women’s History Month Event

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WOODBRIDGE – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides participated in a special Women’s History Month Meet the Leaders event at Amity High School on Tuesday, April 3rd. The event was hosted by David Smith of Altice USA and gave students the opportunity to engage in dialogue about the significance of women in history, leadership and public service.

Rep. Klarides answered students’ questions about women in leadership and her experience in public service.

The full 30-minute interview can be viewed by visiting www.meettheleaders.com.

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Klarides Sisters Renew Call to Provide Tax Relief for Disabled Veterans

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HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and her sister State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria are continuing to fight to pass legislation that helps disabled veterans.

House Bill 5231 will allow municipalities, with their legislative body’s approval, to freeze property taxes on homes owned by certain disabled veterans and their spouse or surviving spouse. To be eligible, the veteran must have a service-connected disability and either the veteran or spouse must have lived in Connecticut for at least one year.

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House and Senate Republicans Call for Halt to Hartford Bailout Leaders Say Additional Money for City Only Good for Two Years

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HARTFORD – House and Senate Republican leaders today said the pending financial bailout contract between the state and Hartford should be scrapped and that the original budget agreement approved last fall to provide an additional $40 million in municipal aid for the city in each year of the biennium be honored.

State Rep. Themis Klarides and State Sen. Len Fasano asked Democratic leaders to join them in asking State Treasurer Nappier and OPM Secretary Benjamin Barnes not to enact the agreement. The exact terms of the deal, negotiated between Democratic Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Gov. Malloy’s budget office over the last few months, do not reflect the agreement legislative leaders reached last fall on the budget.

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