Reps. Labriola, Rebimbas and Sens. Hartley, Logan to Present Citation to Emidio C. Cerasale for Grandparents’ Rights Advocacy

Posted on August 1, 2018 by admin


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NAUGATUCKState Representatives Dave Labriola (R-Oxford, Naugatuck, Southbury), Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck) and State Senators Joan Hartley (R-Waterbury, Middlebury, Naugatuck) and George Logan (R- Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge) will present a General Assembly Citation to Emidio C. Cerasale on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 in recognition of his work and advocacy on behalf of grandparents’ rights. Mayor Hess will also present Emidio with the Borough of Naugatuck Citation. Emidio’s granddaughter will perform “God Bless America.”

“As a grandparent myself, I understand how critical this issue is for grandparents who are denied visitation,” said Rep. Labriola. “I commend Emidio’s advocacy on behalf of grandparents’ rights.”

“It is a true honor to present this citation to Emidio on behalf of everyone who supports grandparent rights,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “Through his tireless efforts, he has brought much needed public attention to this issue. I’d like to thank the Naugatuck Arts Commissions, the Naugatuck Delegation and the mayor’s office for making this event possible.”

“Emidio is a tremendous advocate for improving the quality of life for grandparents across Connecticut,” Sen. Logan said. “He is a true leader and role model, and his enthusiasm and positive energy are inspiring. We are proud to honor this selfless Naugatuck resident, and we hope he continues to inspire people throughout our state.”

Emidio is the founder of Grandparents Advocate of America, an organization which supports the preservation of the complete family. The group proposes legislation and works on behalf of grandparents nationwide to promote family unity and visitation rights. Emidio is a past director of Grandparents Rights Association of CT, which operates under the umbrella of the national organization Grandparents Rights Association of the USA.

The event, which will be held on the Naugatuck Town Green, is open to the public and will begin promptly at 6:45 p.m. on August 7th, 2018. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate location will be announced in advance.

Lawmakers Question Transportation Commissioner On Waterbury Rail Delays

Posted on July 25, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORDState Representative David Labriola (R-131) joined 11 of his fellow State Senators and Representatives yesterday in sending a bipartisan letter to Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Redeker seeking an explanation regarding a recent report from the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council that documents a 65.2 percent On-Time Performance (OTP) rating for the Waterbury Branch Line.

The lawmakers deemed this performance – which is 20 percent lower than the New Canaan Line, Danbury Line and Shore Line East – “unacceptable;” stressing the importance of  their constituents being able to rely on Connecticut’s railways, especially when trying to avoid clogged roadways on their commutes to work.

The letter requested answers to the following questions:

  1. Why did the Waterbury Branch line have such a low On-Time Performance?
  2. What is the Commissioner’s office doing to prevent this performance again in the future?
  3. What is the Commissioner’s plan to ensure success (i.e. increased ridership and reliability) for the Waterbury Branch Line?

A response has not yet been issued.

View a copy of the full letter here.

Reps. Labriola & O’Neill and Sen. Berthel Meet with Southbury Constituents

Posted on February 9, 2018 by admin


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SOUTHBURY– Earlier this week State Representatives David Labriola (R-131), Arthur O’Neill and State Senator Eric Berthel hosted a town hall-style meeting in Southbury to discuss legislative issues with their constituents ahead of the opening of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, which happened on Wednesday.

The legislators provided information on the Medicare Savings Plan veto session, explained union contracts, gave budget updates, and discussed issues such as tolls, fixing transportation inefficiencies and taxes.

(L to R) Rep. Labriola, Rep. O’Neill and Sen. Berthel listen to constituent concerns.

Rep. Labriola Provides Comments on Pretrial Justice at UConn

Posted on October 23, 2017 by admin


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HARTFORD – A symposium on pretrial justice brought criminal justice officials from all over the state and country to UConn’s School of Law on Thursday. State Representative David Labriola (R-131), UConn Law alumnus, member of the Legislative Judiciary Committee and a Criminal Justice Attorney, participated in the day’s events by speaking on a panel regarding legal and evidence-based practices and their future. Other panel members included Judge Robert Devlin, Justice Charles Daniels, and Connecticut Sentencing Commission Executive Director Alex Tsarkov.

Reps. Rebimbas, Labriola and Republican State Lawmakers Release Revised No-Tax-Increase Budget

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin


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HARTFORDState Representatives Dave Labriola (R-131), Rosa Rebimas (R-70) and fellow Republicans released a revised budget during a press conference on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Based on previous proposals put forth by the caucuses this year, this version balances the state’s $3.5 billion deficit without new or increased taxes.

“Our caucus has proposed a responsible, balanced budget,” said Rep. Labriola. “Our proposal contains no tax increases on the citizens of Connecticut and does not add any taxes onto our small businesses.”

“We are approaching three months without a two-year budget in place and our cities and towns have suffered as a result,” said Rep. Rebimbas. “Without assurances from the state, municipalities cannot plan ahead and have resorted to delayed school openings, layoffs and damaging spending cuts to offset the shortfall. House and Senate Republicans have been prepared to vote on a budget for months, but the majority’s refusal to entertain our proposals, or even permit a healthy debate, has blocked our efforts. We have offered a final version before Thursday’s special session and we believe this comprehensive plan is the best option for the entire state. I hope we have the opportunity to put it to a vote.”

This budget proposal would put a stop to the governor’s executive order, restore funding for education and social services, and provide local governments with the clarity they need to form their own budgets. The package includes elements of House and Senate Republicans previous plans while incorporating suggestions and feedback from Democratic lawmakers and Governor Malloy. The new version also factors in the recent SEBAC agreement, which is now law.

The GOP budget restores the $200 property tax credit for all qualifying families and individuals, creates a more equitable ECS formula, provides predictable municipal support and crucial mandate relief, funds core social services for the poor and seniors, including Care4Kids and Meals on Wheels, and prioritizes education funding. The proposal seeks long-term changes by reducing the size of government through hiring freezes, consolidating legislative committees to increase efficiency, and implementing a spending and bonding cap. With these savings, Republicans were able to include phased-in tax exemptions for social security and pension income for middle income families.

The Connecticut House of Representatives is scheduled to meet this Thursday, September 14, 2017 for a Special Session. It is unclear if the majority party plans to call for a vote on the budget at that time.

New Laws Taking Effect July 1st

Posted on June 29, 2017 by admin


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This Saturday, July 1st, will mark the first day of the new fiscal year. On this day, new laws that may affect you and our community will become effective. Several of these laws were acknowledged by the Office of Legislative Research (OLR), the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA), and the Legislative Commissioners’ Office (LCO) as Major Public Acts (PA) to pass through the Legislature this session. Examples include:

Education

PA 17-3: Increases teacher training requirements for supporting students with Dyslexia.

PA 17- 220: Provides state education mandate relief.

Environment

PA 17-144: Promotes clean energy initiatives by making changes to renewable energy policies.

PA 17-218: Requires consideration of the environmental and agricultural impacts (with a focus on prime farmland and core forest) of constructing new solar energy generating facilities.

Economic Development

PA 17-214: Authorizes the certification of new and existing nonprofit organizations as Connecticut Brownfield Land Banks to help municipalities clean up brownfields and prepare them for productive uses.

PA 17-90: Increases permitting for farmers’ market wine sales.

Healthcare

PA 17-135: Limits Medicaid provider audits and enhances the efficiency of the Electronic Visit Verification System (EVV).

PA 17-96: Ensures that long-term care programs are accessible and sufficient to meet the needs of state residents with disabilities.

PA 17-131: Helps prevent prescription opioid diversion and abuse.

An entire list of laws coming into effect July 1st can be found here. The full report on 2017 Major Public Acts is also available here.

 
Please note that the report does not include an OFA budget summary, as it normally does, because the General Assembly did not adopt a budget by the end of the regular session, which adjourned on June 7th. A supplemental report will be issued when that information becomes available.