State Rep. Brenda Kupchick with a State Capitol Update

Posted on February 15, 2019 by jdooley


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Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

This week, and the weeks ahead, are fully scheduled with public hearings on issues of relevance to our state. I encourage you to follow the Bulletin posted on the General Assembly website, www.cga.ct.gov, if you are interested in testifying at any of them.  

Tuesday there are public hearings in the Aging Committee and General Law Committee

Major issues to be heard:

  • Senior Nutrition
  • Nursing Home Falls
  • Senior transportation
  • Tobacco Bars
  • Gift card balances
  • Occupational Licenses

Thursday there are public hearings in the Higher Education Committee and the Insurance Committee.

Major issues to be heard:

  • Merging or closing of education institutions
  • Academic freedom at public institutions
  • Mammogram coverage
  • Mental health parity  

Governor Lamont will present his budget to legislators and the public on Wednesday, February 20th. You may stream this live on CT-N or watch it on TV, Channel 59, around noon.

I hope this information is helpful.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick

Proudly serving Fairfield and Southport

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State Rep. Kupchick Looks to Help those Suffering from Long-Term Addiction and Mental Health Crisis

Posted on February 8, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield) testified before the Insurance and Real Estate Committee on her legislation to increase health care coverage for those who need long-term addiction and mental illness treatment.

The legislation, House Bill Number 5518: An Act Requiring Health Insurance Coverage for Long-Term Substance Use Disorder Services would address the inadequacies and inequities when it comes to mental health and addiction insurance coverage.

Rep. Kupchick testified that the proposed bill is crucial to providing support for people who suffer from substance abuse.  (more…)

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick: Weekly State Capitol Update

Posted on February 1, 2019 by jdooley


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Dear Friends,

As the 2019 legislative session enters its second month, the legislature is beginning to schedule public hearings on many of the proposed bills put forward by state legislators.

Here is a list of public hearing agendas for next week at the Legislative Office Building.

If you are interested in any of these issues, I encourage you to let your voice be heard.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact my office at (800) 842-1423, or email me at Brenda.Kupchick@cga.ct.gov. You can also follow my legislative activity on my website: www.repkupchick.com.

I hope this information is helpful.

Sincerely,

Rep. Brenda Kupchick

Proudly Serving Fairfield & Southport

The Public Hearing Process

Click here to find the ways you can submit testimony on a bill of interest to you.

A Move to Tax Your Groceries

I oppose a move to tax your groceries and non-prescription medicine. Fairfield residents are taxed enough.

League of Women Voters Forum

Join us on Feb. 9th 10am at the Fairfield Museum & History Center for a talk about the state issues.

Watch the CT General Assembly

You can also follow the General Assembly by watching CT Connecticut Network. You can view public hearings, meetings with votes, and full House and Senate debates.

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Fairfield Lawmakers Discuss Major Issues Impacting State

Posted on January 29, 2019 by jdooley


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FAIRFIELD – State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) hosted a series of legislative coffee hours where they talked about the 2019 session, listened to residents and took dozens of questions about issues impacting the state, especially Fairfield residents.

The Fairfield lawmakers talked briefly with residents about the current legislative session that started on January 9th and discussed the major issues to be debated in the General Assembly this session. They held legislative coffee sessions at both Panera Bread and Las Vetas.

Rep. Kupchick said, “We certainly have our work cut out for us this legislative session. It is more important than ever that we hear from Fairfielders to express their concerns so we can bring their issues to Hartford.”

“I will continue to be a strong voice for my constituents and will work to create a sustainable and predictable state government that we can trust and afford,” said Rep. Devlin.

A majority of the conversation centered around three major topics the state budget, tolls, and the state of our economy. In addition, residents expressed their concerns about the Metro-North rail line and its reliability.

Residents can contact the representatives by calling 1-800-842-1423 or by visiting their websites – www.RepKupchick.com and www.RepDevlin.com.

 

 

Rep. Kupchick Named to Legislature’s Women’s Caucus

Posted on January 16, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) participated in the first Bi-partisan Women’s Caucus of 2019.

“I am proud to stand with so many wonderful women serving in the General Assembly,” said Rep. Kupchick. “We now have the largest caucus in the building and with those numbers we have a powerful voice to advocate on behalf of women.”

A legislative agenda for the Women’s Caucus will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Rep. Brenda Kupchick with a State Capitol Weekly Update

Posted on January 10, 2019 by jdooley


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A Session Begins

The 2019 legislative session is here. I will be taking the oath of office for another two-year term on January 9th in what I believe will be a tipping point for Connecticut.

Fairfield Office Hours

Coffee Hours:

Join me on January 12th, January 16th and January 26th.

New Committee Assignments

Rep. Kupchick named House Whip by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides.

New Year, New Laws

Last year, we passed many bills that will have an impact on you and your families. A number of these new laws took effect on the first of the new year.

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Rep. Kupchick Sworn-In for New Legislative Term

Posted on January 10, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD — State Representative Brenda Kupchick (R-132) took the oath of office on Wednesday kicking off her new term as a state legislator for Fairfield’s 132nd Assembly District.

Kupchick outlined her priorities for the 2019 legislative session today after taking the oath of office for the fifth time to continue her efforts to improve the economic climate for taxpayers throughout the state, especially Fairfield.

The legislative session, which gaveled in Wednesday, will stretch through June 5, and lawmakers will work with the governor to set the budget for the next two years. Connecticut taxpayers are expecting an almost $4 billion deficit.

“I have great hope for this new term,” Rep. Kupchick said. “I’m hopeful both parties will work together to tackle the challenges Connecticut faces”.

Fairfield constituents can follow committee meetings and House debates as they unfold live on Connecticut’s public affairs television network, CT-N, or by streaming the proceedings online by visiting www.ctn.state.ct.us.

Rep. Kupchick can be reached by calling 1-800-842-1423 or email their offices’ at  Laura.Devlin@housegop.ct.gov and Brenda.Kupchick@cga.ct.gov.

For updates on legislative information please visit her legislative website and legislative Facebook page at www.repkupchick.com, www.facebook.com/RepKupchick and sign-up for her newsletter.

Rep. Kupchick: The 2019 Legislative Session Begins

Posted on January 9, 2019 by jdooley


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of the winter holiday season in New England specifically in Fairfield, which is beautiful this time of year.

The 2019 legislative session is fast approaching. I will be taking the oath of office for another two-year term on January 9th in what I believe will be a tipping point for Connecticut. We need to build on the bi-partisan budget reforms passed the last two years and not move back to previous bad budget practices.

THE UPCOMING SESSION

The Connecticut General Assembly will convene the “long session” on January 9th.  The “long session” goes from the first week in January through the first week in June, this year June 5th.

During the regular session (January to June) the primary focus of this session is the state’s two-year budget, which affects every resident in Connecticut.

Unfortunately, the state is already receiving bad financial news regarding next year’s budget with deficits approaching $4 billion over the next two years.

Additionally legislators are able to propose specific bills.  Since 2011, I’ve proposed bills that I believe would be helpful to the residents of Fairfield and the state. Many of the bills I’ve introduced come from constituents who contact me with an idea either during town hall meetings or from local business owners who attend my business council.

January 18th is the legislative bill deadline for legislators to submit bill proposals. If you have a specific idea, question or concern about a state law or problem that would be eased by legislative action, please contact me.

GOVERNMENT WORKING FOR YOU

I also want remind you that as your state representative, I am here as a resource. I’m here to help if you’re having a problem with a state agency or need help cutting through the red tape or simply have a question about a law or process. My hope for us is to continue working together so that state government can better serve you, your family or business.

On the left hand side of this email, there are a series of links to state agencies that may be of interest to you.

I’ve included the following links with useful information and resources that can help you draft your proposals and better understand the legislative process in Connecticut:

You can also find information about what I’m working on through my website at www.repkupchick.com.

I’m incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to serve in our state’s legislature representing my hometown.

I hope you’ll contact my office with any questions or concerns that you have about legislation or state government, including visiting the state capitol or acquiring an official citation, proclamation or state flag to commemorate a significant achievement or life event.

You can reach me at 1-800-842-1423 or by e-mail at Brenda.Kupchick@cga.ct.gov.

Sincerely,

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick

Proudly serving Southport & Fairfield

Kupchick: New Laws as of January 1st

Posted on January 7, 2019 by jdooley


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New legislation effective dates are typically January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st throughout the calendar year. As 2018 comes to an end, we prepare for a number of new laws to take effect starting January 1, 2019.

 

These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. 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. Please contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these new laws.

AN ACT CONCERNING DUAL ARRESTS AND THE TRAINING REQUIRED OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL WITH RESPECT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

This new law, PA 18-5, will reduce the number of dual arrests that occur in domestic violence cases and enhance domestic violence training offered to state and local law enforcement agencies. For a summary, click here.

AN ACT CONCERNING MAMMOGRAMS, BREAST ULTRASOUNDS AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF BREASTS

This new law, PA 18-159, redefines mammogram, and eliminates copayments and deductibles for certain breast ultrasounds. For a summary, click here.

AN ACT CONCERNING CHANGES TO PHARMACY AND DRUG CONTROL STATUTES

This new law PA 18-16 provides the Department of Consumer Protection Drug Control Division with additional tools to be able to better address the prescription opioid epidemic. For a summary click here.

Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect in the New Year in the State of Connecticut.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick Provides Electric Rate Information

Posted on January 7, 2019 by jdooley


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As you may have heard or read, electric rate increases affecting United Illuminating and Eversource customers went into effect January 1st.

The rate increases were approved last fall by the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA), which operates independent of the legislature and is statutorily charged with providing oversight for the rates and services of Connecticut’s investor owned electricity, natural gas and water and companies.

Standard service generation rates for United Illuminating customers will increase by approximately 24% from its current rate of 9.05¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 11.23¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh). The standard service generation rates for Eversource customers will increase from 8.53¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 10.14¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh), an overall increase of 18.9%.

On average, the monthly bill for United Illuminating standard service customers will increase by $16.35. Eversource standard service customers that use 750 kilowatt hours/month will see a monthly bill increase of $12.08 per month.

I’m writing to remind you that UI and Eversource customers have the option of searching for cheaper standard service generation rates through the Energize Connecticut web portal.

Click here to view a full list of suppliers and their rates. As always, customers who are considering an alternative supply should carefully review price, terms, length of contract, enrollment, early termination, and other potential fees when comparing options.