Rep. Kupchick: Autism Awareness Month in Connecticut

Posted on April 17, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD- To promote Autism Awareness throughout Connecticut, State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) joined fellow lawmakers and advocates at a ceremony for Autism Awareness Day at the State Capitol, Wednesday April 17th.  The ceremony was filled to capacity with legislators, parents and individuals affected by Autism, all meeting to provide support and promote acceptance.

With National Autism Awareness Month being in April the ceremony was held to highlight the growing need

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State Rep. Brenda Kupchick Statement on Family Medical Leave Bill

Posted on April 16, 2019 by jdooley


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I was presented again this year in the Finance Revenue & Bonding Committee a bill to establish a Paid Family Medical Leave, (FMLA) a program which would allow employees to take paid time off in order to care for loved ones or for themselves in the event of illness. Who could possibly be opposed to such a compassionate and noble program?  Unfortunately, once again, the details of the bill before me were poorly drafted by only one party and unsustainable.

The bill proposes funding through a payroll

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State Rep. Brenda Kupchick: Major Issues at the State Capitol

Posted on April 14, 2019 by jdooley


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last week the Judiciary committee held multiple meetings on different bills they planning to vote out of the committee.

  • The Judiciary committee debated the legalization of marijuana. Watch the debate here.
  • The Judiciary committee also debated the erasure of some criminal records and the merits of solitary confinement. Watch the debate here.

On Wednesday April 9th, as a member of the Finance Committee,

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Rep. Kupchick Awards Winners of 2019 Sixth Grade Essay Contest

Posted on April 2, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD – State Representative Brenda Kupchick (R-132) hosted a ceremony at the was at the Fairfield Museum and History Center on Saturday to honor the Fairfield sixth graders who won the essay contest she has sponsored for the community for the past eight years.

All public and private schools with 6th grade students in Fairfield were invited to participate in the National Women’s History Month contest by writing a 300-word essay on the topic, “Important Women in Connecticut’s History and How Their Contributions to the State and Nation Affect Me.”

Each student participant was asked to research on one notable Connecticut woman, detailing her life and accomplishments and what those accomplishments mean to them. The students read their essays and received an official state citation from the Connecticut General Assembly and a check from Fairfield County bank.

Rep. Kupchick was joined by State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) as she presented the awards.

“This annual contest is a wonderful way to provide students with new opportunities to learn more about Connecticut women who stood against conventional attitudes and made a difference in our state and country,” said Rep. Kupchick.  “It was a pleasure to recognize the student’s excellent work and achievement. I want to thank all of the students who participated in the contest and the staff who worked with them.”

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State Rep. Brenda Kupchick: State Capitol Update March

Posted on March 29, 2019 by jdooley


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week many committees wrapped-up the public hearing phase of their work.

  • The Judiciary committee held a hearing on juvenile justice and other bills, watch here.
  • The Government Administration and Elections conducted a public hearing on my proposal on voter privacy and other proposals permitting early voting, watch here.

On Wednesday March 27th, we held a session in the House of

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State Rep. Brenda Kupchick: State Capitol update on tolls and next week happenings

Posted on March 24, 2019 by jdooley


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week, many proposals were debated or heard during public hearings.

In the Transportation Committee, a committee in which I serve we debated and voted on three toll proposals. The proposals approved before the committee lacked specific details and frankly didn’t address many questions raised by the people I represent, businesses and legislators. How much would the toll gantries cost

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State Rep. Brenda Kupchick: State Capitol Update for March 17

Posted on March 17, 2019 by jdooley


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Dear Friends,

It was a busy week at the Legislative Office Building. 

Friday, the Finance Committee, in which I serve held a public hearing on the Governors proposal tax increases included in his proposed budget. 

The Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on various gun safety bills.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick: State Capitol Update

Posted on March 12, 2019 by jdooley


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Dear Friends,

As the 2019 legislative session enters its third month, the legislature continues to hold public hearings on many issues, including establishing taxing districts for school districts, the governor’s tax proposals, vaccinations, permitting 16 year olds to vote. Here is a list of public hearing agendas for next week at the Legislative Office Building.

Click here for a link to the Connecticut General Assembly calendar and bulletin.

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LEGISLATORS, FORMER CONGRESSMAN PATRICK KENNEDY ANNOUNCE MAJOR MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE USE BILL

Posted on March 6, 2019 by jdooley


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A bipartisan group of legislators led by Rep. Sean Scanlon (D-Guilford), Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield), Sen. Matt Lesser (D-Middletown) and Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and joined by former congressman and nationally renowned mental health advocate Patrick J. Kennedy on Tuesday announced major legislation on mental health and substance use.

The legislation, House Bill 7125, requires insurance companies to submit annual reports concerning parity for mental health and substance use disorder, requires health insurance coverage for prescription drugs prescribed for the treatment of substance use disorders and requires health insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment regardless of whether such services were provided pursuant to a court order. If passed, it would be one of the strongest mental health parity laws in the nation.

“The unfortunate truth is that if someone has a substantial or serious physical health issue, such as a heart ailment they are treated without delay in the state of Connecticut, but if that same individual has a mental health issue, they are left running around in a maze of bureaucracies trying to get the help they need,” Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R, 132nd District, Fairfield/Southport) said. “That is just not acceptable. Connecticut needs to do a better job. Let’s work together to finally make this bill the new reality.”

“With the passage of HB 7125, Connecticut can become a national leader in ending insurer discrimination against those with mental health and substance use disorders,” said Patrick J. Kennedy, a former Rhode Island congressman and founder of the Kennedy Forum.

“More than 10 years after I led passage of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, states must finally hold health plans accountable and demand full disclosure of treatment limitations and medical necessity criteria to force plans to prove equal coverage of mental health and addiction treatment services,” said Kennedy, who is also co-founder of One Mind; commissioner of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

“HB 7125 will save lives by expanding access to care. I thank Rep. Sean Scanlon for his leadership on this vital legislation,” Kennedy said.

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State Rep. Brenda Kupchick: TOLLS PUBLIC HEARING

Posted on March 4, 2019 by jdooley


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TOLLS PUBLIC HEARING

The legislature’s Transportation Committee on Wednesday (March 6) will hold a public hearing on two different bills that would bring highway tolls back to Connecticut. 

The first bill (H.B. 7280) is from legislative Democrats, and the second (H.B. 7202) is from Gov. Ned Lamont.

Late last year, a well-publicized study on highway tolling indicated Connecticut residents could see as many as 82 toll gantries placed on highways throughout the state. Gov. Lamont, through his two-year

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